The Henry Ford Archives

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In March, as part of our UM-SAA Spring Events schedule, a group of UMSI students visited The Henry Ford Archives at the Benson Ford Research Center. The Archives house a wide variety of collections ranging from original Ford Motor Company car part drawings to photographs of the first flight taken by the Wright brothers in 1903. The Digital Access and Preservation Archivist, Brian Wilson—a UMSI alum—gave us a tour through the archives stacks and showed us some unique items from the archives, including a collection of lantern slides from the World’s Fair and conceptual drawings for the San Francisco BART trains.

Group at The Henry Ford MuseumAfter the tour, we had the opportunity to walk through the museum. Brian demonstrated some of the interactive displays that were stationed throughout the exhibit. The displays are a joint effort of the museum and archives to connect museum exhibits to archival materials in order to engage visitors and introduce them to primary source materials. Our visit gave us a glimpse into the exciting and multi-faceted collections of The Henry Ford.


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