Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Ledgers (account books)
||Clara Bryant Ford; Edsel Ford; Henry Ford; Henry Ford, II; Ford family.
||Some accessions within the Small Accessions collection are cataloged separately.
||14.8 cubic ft. and 7 oversize boxes.
The Small Accessions collection is an assembled collection consisting of small accruals of personal papers, corporate records, and miscellaneous assembled collections. Accessions are organized into five series: Assembled collections series; Ford Motor Company Corporate records series; Non-Ford Corporate records series; Edison Institute records series, and Personal papers series. Througout all of the series, the bulk of the items have some connection with Henry Ford, the Ford Family, Ford Motor Company, or Henry Ford's other interests including the Edison Institute (Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, now The Henry Ford), the Henry Ford Trade School, and Village Industries. Along with an accession number, each accession has a name and a date. Within the finding aid, general parenthetical subject terms have been added to some collection names to give a better idea of the contents. The audiovisual materials have been transferred to DVD or CD for easier access. The Assembled collections series consists of various accessions of miscellaneous materials of unknown or unclear origin having to do with the Fords, Ford Motor Company, and related topics. The Ford Motor Company Corporate records series is comprised of small records collections of individual Ford staff members, Ford Motor Company divisions or departments, and affiliated companies. Most of the records were created by the Public Relations Department in order to observe or publicize company activities, policies, and milestones. Records in the series are fragmentary and offer only piecemeal glimpses into the activities and organization of the company. The Non-Ford Corporate records series is made up of records of companies other than Ford Motor Company or its subsidiaries and affiliates (although some companies were later acquired by Ford). The records are not complete, but rather one or a few items from or pertaining to the company. Because the practice of putting very small standalone collections into the Small Accessions collection was continued by Edison Institute staff, most of the accessions in the Edison Institute records series are internal transfers of miscellaneous items found while processing other collections and overlap in subject nature with accessions in other series (Henry Ford, Ford Family, Ford Motor Company, Village Industries, etc.). Some series items have to do with organizational policy and history and Edison Institute schools. Within the Personal papers series, many collection items were donated to either Ford Motor Company or the Edison Institute by individuals who had a personal connection to the Fords or who were simply admirers offering some form of tribute. Henry Ford, the Ford Family, Edison Institute, and Ford Motor Company are the primary subjects. Examples include Model T sale ephemera, aviation memorabilia, and picture postcards of various subjects. Other collections of personal papers refer more directly to the activities of the creator, rather than being mini-assembled collections. These, too, generally have some connection to Ford or the Edison Institute; for instance, documents and reminiscences from former students of various Ford-sponsored schools, accounts of ownership of or trips taken in Ford vehicles, photographs of noted personages or historic buildings, various diaries and oral histories, and personal papers of former Ford Motor Company staff (often concerning their work at Ford).