Bibliography: African American Workers at Ford Motor Company


African American Workers at Ford Motor Company Bibliography

This bibliography was compiled by staff of the Benson Ford Research Center’s Archives and Library Department based on materials in our collections. If you have questions about these resources, please use our Submit a Question feature. If you are interested in duplication, please see our Duplication Resources FAQ.


Oral Histories

  • 65_218 Willis Ward (Ford employee 1930s-1940s, worked under Donald Marshall in the Sociological Department.)
  • 65_42 H.G. Cooper (Principal at George Washington Carver schools in Georgia) 
  • Acc. 94.15.1 Oral History Interview with Claude Harvard (attended the Henry Ford Trade School; later worked at Rouge River Plant, inventing and developing machines and tools that resulted in numbers of patents for the Ford Motor Company) 

Vertical File

  • African American Workers - General (3 folders)
  • African American Workers - Inventions
  • Carver, George Washington (and his relationship with Henry Ford)
  • Ford, Henry - African Americans
  • Ford Motor Company - African Americans
  • Jackson, Levi (First African American executive at Ford Motor Company)


  • Last Updated Nov 28, 2023
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