The Ford archives, along with the Henry Ford Museum are dedicated to making the past more accessible for generations to come. The current goal is to bring key materials, including millions of assets from the Ford archives and the Henry Ford museum, to the internet starting early next year.
Focused on preserving its rich history, the Ford Motor Company would like to share its collection for everyone worldwide. Everything from papers that crossed Henry Ford’s desk to Mustang heritage photography; it will all be archived into a digital format on the Internet. One such topic that will be of significant interest for historians worldwide, beyond those interested in the Ford brand, are the 450 rolls of film from the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
Henry Ford and his wife Clara were considered amateur archivists. The collection they started has been under strict lock-and-key supervision, not open to the public, for decades. It includes 1,600 cubic feet of photographs, films, documents, advertisements, press materials, countless historic Ford and Lincoln advertising images, and product brochures. Most notably from the collection is a specific letter signed by Henry Ford when he handed leadership of the company to his grandson Henry Ford II.
Aimed at making this collection accessible to new audiences, the storied past will become a key asset to the Henry Ford website moving into the near future. The Henry Ford museum’s collection and the Ford Motor Company aim to have the archives online by the beginning of 2014. Check it out for yourself here: TheHenryFord.org.