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Ford’s Rich History Going Digital
Access The Henry Ford Museum Online in 2014
With a goal to preserve and share more of Ford’s lengthy history, thousands of cubic-feet of papers from Henry Ford’s office, Mustang heritage photography, 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, and other images throughout the years will soon be accessible online for our viewing pleasure.
Ford Motor Company’s rich history lies in the form of documentation, press releases, product brochures, films, photographs, advertisements, etc. With all of these unseen materials, five decades worth of historic treasure has accumulated with only a lucky few able to see any of it and in person.
Henry Ford and his wife Clara documented their lives by collecting artifacts. That same tradition continues today at the Ford archives, which houses immense history which is not open to the public for viewing.
Among the key assets worth digitizing are The Henry Ford Office Papers, which are documents that have been passed over Ford’s desk for nearly half a century. Filling more than 1,600 cubic-feet, this single collection has been chosen to be digitally-shared with Ford enthusiasts.
Other digital selections include:
- Letter signed by Henry Ford when he handed leadership over the company to his grandson Henry Ford II
- 450 rolls of film from the 19964-1965 New York World’s Fair, which includes the introduction of the Ford Mustang
- Heritage photography of the Ford Mustang
- Historic Ford and Lincoln advertising images
“New technologies allow museums today to share their artifacts in new ways both onsite and online,” said Marilyn Zoidis, director of historical resources for The Henry Ford. “At The Henry Ford, we are committed to digitizing our unique collections for the world to access, and the assistance we receive from collaborating with Ford’s archives furthers our efforts to share these important pieces of history like never before.”
“This project helps The Henry Ford make our shared history available to more people,” said Dean Weber, manager, Ford archives and AV assets. “It helps bring Ford’s story to life for a whole new audience through social media.”
Inside the Benson Ford Research Center (part of The Henry Ford) is home to 14 million documents from Ford Motor Company. This new project will allow The Henry Ford to bring more resources and documents to the internet, which will help consumers and researchers access materials through the museum’s website globally.
The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company teamed up to upload history on www.TheHenryFord.org starting in 2014.