General Personal records series, 1823-1984 (bulk 1920-1947)


General Personal records series, 1823-1984 (bulk 1920-1947)

The General Personal records series, Acc. 23, consists of eleven subseries. The Name Files subseries, 1886-1948 (2.8 cubic ft.), is comprised largely of correspondence, telegrams, publications, postcards and greeting cards sent to Henry Ford or his secretaries (mainly Frank Campsall or E. G. Liebold) in regards to topics of interest to Mr. Ford or as congratulatory messages for various birthdays or anniversaries. Most of this material is related to interests outside of the manufacture of automobiles, but there are some materials that cover that topic as well, such as Ford Motor Company correspondence and correspondence from Percival Perry and Gaston Plantiff. Also included are General folders which cover various topics of interest to Henry Ford during the 1900s and 1920s. Documents of note in this subseries include a few letters from George Washington Carver, a brief presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada to the Tarriff Inquiry Commission with production and employment figures for the Walkerville plant for the 1910-1920 period, monthly statistics from 1920 such as age, nationality, marriage status, pay rate and length of service for those entering and leaving the employ of Ford Motor Company, copies of the 1932 radio address of Henry Ford in support of Herbert Hoover, photos and itinerary for the 1941 visit of the Duke of Windsor, data on Central and South America relative to prospective business by Ford Motor Company and a paper from the 1926 meeting of Roadmen and Department heads of the Ford San Francisco branch that gives insight into the sales and advertising methods of the time period. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject name. The Subject Files subseries, 1823-1944 (4.4 cubic ft.), contains clippings, photographs, cards, telegrams, publications and sheet music for subjects of interest to or relating to Henry Ford including personal notes, birthday and holiday greetings, a copy of the 1896 payroll log for the Edison Illuminating Company with an entry for Ford, and collected material on interests such as dancing, food and diet, and rubber. There are several documents and maps in the Georgia folders ranging in date from 1823 to 1880 that presumably document the area that would later become his Richmond Hill property in Georgia. Included with that material is an 1823 slave list from White Hall and correspondence of G. L. Appleton and R. J. Arnold. Other items of interest include 1942 lists of salaried and hourly employees with the company 20 or more years from plants such as Highland Park, the Rouge, the Lincoln plant, Willow Run and the Village Industries. This subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject term or by name of individual. The Ford Genealogy Files subseries, circa 1834-1947 (2 cubic ft. and 1 oversize box), and Bryant Genealogy Files subseries, 1886-1927 (1.2 cubic ft.), consist mainly of information compiled by genealogical researcher Gladys M. Salta about the lineage of the Ford and Bryant families. The Anti-Cigarette Literature subseries, 1912-1915 (0.4 cubic ft.), includes several copies of the four-volume series "The Case Against the Little White Slaver," correspondence regarding that publication and printed material about cigarettes. The remaining subseries offer insight into the interests and activities of Henry Ford and his place in society in the first half of the twentieth century. The Article Files subseries, 1870-1950 (0.8 cubic ft.) includes articles by or about Henry Ford and topics or persons of interest to him including children, agro-industry and world affairs. It is arranged alphabetically by article title. The Bound Financial Records subseries, 1914-1925 (0.4 cubic ft.) includes three ledgers of varied accounting information on such entities as the Ford Hawaiian Quintet and Yacht Sialia. The ledgers are not very complete nor do they provide an abundance of information. The Framed Documents subseries, 1928-1947 (0.4 cubic ft.), contains four items: a 1947 resolution by the Board of the Wayne County Road Commissioners to the family of Henry Ford, 1928 letters from France M. Leslie and Isabella C. Leslie to Clara Ford, a copy of a 1942 George Washington Carver letter to Frank Campsall and a 1944 letter to "Mr. Lambe" from the President of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States regarding a statement by Stalin that Henry Ford was one of the world's greatest industrialists. The Miscellaneous Documents and Publications subseries, 1914-1944 (2.8 cubic ft.), includes a box of Henry Ford's personal notes or jot books. The notes can be hard to read and the subjects scattered but they offer a glimpse of his day-to-day mental activity. Other materials of note include magazines and pamphlets saved by the Office of Henry Ford, 1925-1943, and daily newspaper clippings dating from 1937 to 1940. A box of reprints of the poem "Darius Green and His Flying Machine" by John Townsend Trowbridge, signed by Henry Ford also makes up part of this subseries. The Oversize Materials subseries, 1859-1947 (0.4 cubic ft., 7 oversize boxes, 6 volumes and 35 items), contains a scrapbook of clippings about Henry Ford; a series of Resolutions presented upon his death; Honorary Degrees; Awards and Citations and honorary Membership Certificates from a variety of organizations; bound financial records which include a record of vouchers issued from 1912 to 1917 for Valley Farm, Inc., cash books for Henry Ford Estates from 1914 to 1916 and Henry Ford & Son purchase records from 1916 and such varied items as a 1943 framed color lithograph of Henry Ford by Irving Bacon; a photograph of the September 2, 1945, Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri signed by Admiral Nimitz; specifications of Kilnagross Church, the Ford family ancestral church in County Cork, Ireland, and material relating to Fort McAllister, a Georgian fort owned briefly and renovated by Henry Ford. The Addendum subseries, 1938-1984 (1.4 cubic ft.), includes books of birthday greetings to Henry Ford from the boys of Camp Legion and Willow Run, among others, and also a medal from the Aviation Hall of Fame honoring Henry Ford's contributions to aviation presented in 1984.

17 cubic ft., 8 oversize boxes, 6 volumes, 35 items, and 15 microfilm reels.

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