Answered By: Archives & Library Staff @The Henry Ford Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 Views: 23
The original Glidden Tours were a type of road race held in the early 20th century to promote highway development and travel in the United States. They were named after American telephone pioneer, automobile enthusiast, and financial supporter, Charles J. Glidden, These tours even helped inspired the first commercial airplane reliability tours in 1925.
The Glidden Tours were revived in 1946 and continue today with vintage automobiles traveling predetermined routes. There are also designated stops along the routes for participants to show off their vehicles. Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village has been used in past tours.
The Automotive-Related Programs Collection is composed primarily of programs and score cards dealing with automobile events. This collection also includes information on other modes of transportation related to the rise of automobile use, such as horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motorcycles and airplanes. The programs have been organized topically within the following six series: I. Antique Automobile Exhibits and Collector Events II. Automobile Shows III. Motorcycle and Bicycle Races and Shows IV. Commemorative Programs V. Automobile Races and Competitions VI. Touring Events and Rallies They are organized chronologically within the series.
Series IV Commemorative Programs Box 14
Series VI Touring Events and Rallies Box 32
Mainly unlabeled and undated photographs that detail the history of E-M-F and Flanders automobiles, both of which were incorporated into Studebaker Brothers manufacturing Company in 1912 and sold under that name. Also depicted is automotive production and shipping, images of automobile track racing, and photographic materials that promote the durability and reliability of E-M-F, Flanders and Studebaker vehicles.
The photograph collection of Henry Austin Clark Jr. collector, museum owner and devotee, documents the history of the automobile in Europe and the United States.
Motion Pricture Subgroup - First Glidden Tour, 1905 (New York to Boston; 2 copies; Object IDs: 92.150.9607, 92.150.9608 and 92.150.9612)
Acc. 1130 Model T Scale Drawings
Drawing of Model T (1909) Touring car. Drawings made Nov., 1972, by a Mr. John Mitchell of Ford Design Center for scale model trophy for a Glidden Tour award. Drawing based on examination of surviving Ford cars plus surviving blueprints at Ford.
The scale Model T was presented by Henry Ford II at the 1972 Glidden Tour to the owner of the best Ford car on the tour: See Bulb Horn (1972) for story. George DeAngelis participated in gathering data for drawing.
Engineering and Blueprint Aperature Card collection
Henry and Edsel Ford organized the Commercial Airplane Reliability Tour to promote air travel and encourage construction of airfields. The collection primarily includes material documenting the first occurrence of the event in 1925.
The notion for the first air tour in 1925 was inspired by the public reaction and results of the Glidden Auto Tours, which began in 1904 to promote highway development and travel in the United States.
Acc. 378 Public Relations Research Library Subject Files Subseries
Subseries contains news releases, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence regarding a range of subjects. Included in the files are records on labor relations, war production during World War II and the Korean War, engineering publicity, aviation, competitors’ literature, safety publications, automobile prices, and other general subject files.
Ford Motor Company photographers recorded the company’s manufacturing work and contributions to innovation around the nation and world. This series contains photographic prints and negatives created by the company’s first photographic department.
Benson Ford Research Center Archives Vertical File
The Archives Vertical File, arranged alphabetically by topic, contains mainly printed material on a wide variety of subjects related to Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company, and the automobile industry.
A.K. Mills and Henry E. Edmunds both worked for the Ford Motor Company Archives. Allen Nevins and Frank Ernest Hill used the archives extensively for a book they wrote about Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company. These records contain documents relating to the work of all four men in the archives.
Personal papers and documents from car collector, museum owner and devotee of all things automobile, Henry Austin Clark, Jr.
The Photographic vertical file series is an assembled collection of photographs from a variety of sources. The series contains both original photographs and copy photographs, covering a wide range of topics.
Acc. 1660 “O” File of Copy Negatives
Copied photographs and documents subseries, 1890-1980 (41.2 cubic ft.), is comprised of negatives and prints of copies of documents and photographs. The copies of documents, known as the "D" file, are photographic copies of letters, telegrams, jottings, legal papers, advertisements and other material relating to Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company as they were needed for publication or reference use. Primarily a negative file, there are some prints filed with the negatives. The copied photographs, known as the "O" file, are negatives and reproductions of historical photographs reproduced from both internal and external sources.
Acc. 2009.103 Phil Harms Collection Photographic Negative Database
The index lists photographic negatives in the Phil Harms Collection, and was created by Mr. Harms. The original Microsoft Access database that this index is drawn from is part of the collection.
Acc. E.I. 266 Old Car Festival & Sports Cars in Review
This group of records contain the files of the office of the curator of transportation concerning two major Edison Institute special events, Sports Cars in Review and the Old Car Festival.
Some years, the Glidden Tour participants made the Greenfield Village Old Car Festival a part of their tour route.
Acc. E.I. 165 Special Events Records
Acc. E.I. 235 Public Relations
The records in this collection represent an overview of the public relations and marketing activities of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. The records date from the inception of a formal public relations program and the emergence of a new organizational structure for museum administration established around 1950.
Acc. 600 Public Relations Recordings
Moving image and audio recordings made of various Ford Motor Company related events during the 1950s.
Books and Secondary
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