Ford set to digitize material for online museum PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:57

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford and the Henry Ford museum are taking their vast trove of historical documents, photos, video and other items and digitizing them so they can be shared online with the public.

Among the 14 million items accumulated in the Ford archives in Dearborn is the resignation letter Henry Ford sent to his board of directors on Sept. 20, 1945, in which he said he needed time to pursue personal interests. They also have sketches, ad campaign materials and video, according to the Detroit Free Press ( ).

"People have a great emotional connection to the company's heritage," archives manager Dean Weber said. "We're digitizing our heritage to get more online and reach new audiences."

The University of California has offered its computing center to assist with the collection, which will be available at But not all items can be scanned for online viewing.

Marilyn Zoidis, museum director of historical resources, said standards used by the Library of Congress will be followed to put the documents online.

A group of journalists was allowed in recently to see items that included the resignation letter, the release in 1964 from Lee Iacocca that a car called the Mustang was coming to the lineup and old Mustang sketches.

The sketches have been pulled for the 50th anniversary and new 2015 model coming out next year.

Other items they saw included 1960s sketches of the GT40 and advertising materials from a 1925 ad campaign called "Opening Highways to All Mankind."


Information from: Detroit Free Press,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Front Page Stories

Market Square already bustling with business
07/26/2014 | MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
article thumbnail

Market Square in BG along Wooster Street. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune) Market S [ ... ]

Young man goes west to further his acting career
07/26/2014 | DAVID DUPONT Arts & Entertainment Editor
article thumbnail

Justin Betancourt (left) and Jeffrey Guion perform. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune) J [ ... ]

Other Front Page Articles