Type of Business: Automotive manufacturing
Hours of Service: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm
Conditions of Access: Access policy currently under review.
Holdings: 1903-current; bulk dates, 1950-1980
Total Volume: 7,000 cubic feet
Description: Majority of collections fall into the category of executive
international operations; large collection of executive speeches; corporate
and periodicals; hundreds of smaller collections on a wide assortment of
Company activities/programs/buildings. In December 1964, a major donation of
archival materials, along with 460,000 photos and negatives, was made to the
Museum Archives, Research Center, P.O. Box 1970, Dearborn, MI 48121, Phone:
313-271-1620, ext. 650, Fax: 313-271-9621. The Museum holds the bulk of the
Ford historical records, 1903-1950.
The Benson Ford Research Center houses an open treasury of research,
historical expertise and unparalleled collections documenting the American
The Research Center holds the Ford Motor Company Historical Archives from
1903-1955, as well as a nationally significant collection of business
records, automotive product literature and periodicals, manuscripts,
photographs, prints, postcards, maps, trade catalogs, early American
dictionaries, and other library and special collection material
Contact the Research Center
To set up an appointment to visit the research center call (313) 982-6070.
If you wish to do research from offsite, you must contact us in writing.
Fees apply to most requests for research from off-site. For more information
on cost please see our offsite research fees. We receive many requests, so
please be patient. Requests for information can be mailed, faxed or
Benson Ford Research Center
The Henry Ford
P.O. Box 1970
fax: (313) 982-6244