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Ford Rubber Plantations: Fordlandia and Belterra 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. 

Please note: This bibliography covers the Ford Rubber Plantations Fordlandia and Belterra. For information on the Ford branch in Brazil see Bibliography: Ford Brazil.

Archival

  • Acc. 301 Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil Records
    • box 1 1927-1945; Minutes Book, Correspondence
    • box 2 1927-1945; Correspondence, Stock Certificates
       
  • Acc. 74 Companhia Ford Industrial Do Brasil Records
    • The Companhia Ford Industrial do Brasil Records contains photographs, correspondence Fordlandia and Belterra.
       
  • Acc. 390 AM Wibel Office Papers Subseries
    • box 86 Amazon Rubber Plantation, Prior to 1935, 1926-1934 (4 folders; of Fordlandia and Belterra)
      • Amazon Rubber Plantation, 1935-1939 (5 folders)
    • box 87 Amazon Rubber Plantation, 1939-1940
       
  • Acc. 391 Wendell S Miller Records Subseries
    • box 20 Subsidiaries: Companhia Ford Industrial do Brasil 1932-1946
       
  • Acc. 38 Charles Sorensen Office Files Personal Records
    • box 61 Rubber Plantation Visitors (2 folders)
    • box 64 Rubber Plantation
    • box 68 Rubber Plantation
    • box 71 Rubber Plantation
    • box 91 Rubber Matter
      • Rubber Plantation
    • box 98 Rubber Plantation
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  • Acc. 285 Henry Ford Office Papers
    • box 631 Brazil
    • box 748 Brazil - Correspondence re: Lake Ormoc
    • box 789 Brazil
    • box 929 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 969 Brazil
    • box 1107 Brazil
    • box 1147 Brazil
    • box 1275 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 1314 Brazil
    • box 1417 Brazil Correspondence, 1932
    • box 1435 Brazil
    • box 1532 Brazil Correspondence (2 folders)
    • box 1592 Brazil
    • box 1728 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 1864 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 1991 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 2110 Brazil Correspondence
    • box 2492 Brazil
    • box 2673 Brazil
    • box 2827 Brazil
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  • Acc. 23 General Personal Records Series
    • box 1 Brazil, 1929
    • box 17 Rubber Plantation, undated (Fordlandia)
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  • Acc. 1 Fair Lane Papers
    • box 180 Rubber/Brazil
      • Correspondence, 1916-1944
      • Printed material (includes articles from Ford News, Ford Times, Rubber Age, and The Herald) 1927-1944
      • "Fordlandia and Beltera Rubber Plantation…" by Joseph A. Russell, thesis, 1941
      • Brochures: "Ford Rubber Plantation of Brazil" and "A Dependable Supply of Distinctive Brazilian Hardwoods," undated
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  • Acc. 6 Edsel B. Ford Office Papers
    • box 73 RO-RU (includes Rubber Plantation), 1931
    • box 115 FO-FU (includes Fordlandia/Belterra Financial Program), 1936
    • box 157 VA-VO (includes Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil, Ford Motor Company comments on visit to Ford rubber plantation), 1940
    • box 158 WEA-WET (includes James K. Weir, establishment of additional rubber plantations), 1940
    • box 159 BRA-BRY (includes Brazilian Rubber Plantations, reference to Fordlandia and Belterra), 1941
    • box 169 GI-GO (includes Russell Gnau, EBF okays Rubber Plantation budget 1942-1943, no copy of budget in files), 1942
    • box 170 I-J (includes S.C. Johnson Co., growth of Ford rubber plant in Brazil), 1942
    • box 172 SCH-SE (includes Science Service, comments on FMC’s rubber research), 1942
    • box 285 BRA-BRO (includes Brazil rubber plantation), 1932
       
  • Acc. 64 Ernest G Liebold Papers
    • box 1 Rubber Plantation
      • Index to Mr. Liebold's notebook on the Rubber plantation: cost of clearing land   
      • Proposed method of communication between Home Office and Ford Motor Company property on Rio Tapajos River, Brazil
      • Map showing location of Ford Motor Company Land. (from data from Mr. Blakeley)
      • Cablegrams received from Para
      • Letter to Henry Ford from George B. Carnahan of International Continental Rubber Co., Jan. 14, 1928
      • "Companhia Ford Industrial do Brazil, Para, Brazil" (Description of the concession, proposals for development, economic considerations, suggestions for operations, etc.)
      • Translation of proposal of W. L. Blakely (to obtain from the Government of the State unowned lands for plantation of rubber trees and other purposes)
      • Letter from Roy Carr to R. H. McCarroll 9/22/28
      • Public Utilities (Santarem) (report of municipal lighting at Santarem)
      • Memorandum re: radio conditions in connection with expedition S.S. Lake Ormoc
      • Tapajos River and cost of clearing land (report on area-cost for clearing land)
      • Federal laws of Brazil relating to telegraph, radio, etc.
      • Photostat of Map of South America
      • Memorandum re: Guayule production in California, 11/29/27
      • Letter from Edsel B. Ford to Dr. Dionysio Ausier Bentes 1/5/28
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  • Acc. 494 Victor J Perini Papers
    • box 1 Map of Pará, Brazil, 1918
      • Fordlandia and Boa Vista, 1930-1931
    • box 2 (OS) Rubber plantation, 1929-1931 (unbound scrapbook)
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  • Acc. 64.167.534 WL Reeves Blakeley Records
    • box 1 By-productsFordlandia
    • box 2-4 Plant samples
    • box 5 Hand tools
    • box 6 Tree bark and wood pulp samples
    • box 7 Plant samples
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  • Acc. 1514 James R. Weir Papers
    • box 1-3 Personal and Ford Motor Company correspondence, departmental communications concerning rubber production both in Brazil and elsewhere
    • box 4-10 Photographs taken in Brazil, United States, Venezuela and elsewhere
    • box 11 Log to the photograph collection
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  • Acc. 378 Public Relations Research Library Subject Files
    • box 7 Rubber Plantations
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  • Acc. 536 Public Relations Research Library Press Releases
    • box 91 Rubber Plantations
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  • Acc. 1685 Photographic Library Earle Harger Records
    • box 3 "The Rubber Plantations," undated (2 folders)
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  • Acc. 951 Ford Motor Company Non Serial Publications Collection
    • box 18 The Ford Rubber Plantation of Brazil S.A., 1941
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  • Acc. 446 Dealer Film Subject File
    • box 14 The Ford Rubber Plantations
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  • Acc. 241 Department Executive Records Subseries
    • box 7 Rubber; Fordlandia
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  • Acc. 712 Correspondence Subseries. International Division
    • box 42 General Correspondence - P - R (includes Rubber Plantation correspondence, Companhia Ford Industrial do Brasil (Para) authorizations, assets, etc., re sale of properties, photos of plantation, etc.), 1947
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  • Acc. 60 Ford Motor Company Raw Materials and Mining Operations Records
    • box 16 Rubber Survey, Fordite Dept. 1924-1926. Cost of consumption and production
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  • Acc. 708 Bank Account Statements Subsubseries
    • box 26 Para, Brazil (Comphania Ford Industrial do Brasil) 1933-1946
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  • Acc. 134 Edsel Ford Estate Property Appraisal Records
    • box 4 Companhia Ford Industrial do Brasil
      • Assets Transferred to Profit & Loss
      • Appraisal of Properties (Novo 30, 1944)
      • Audits (1935-1938, 1941-1945)
      • Financial Programs Rubber (information concerning)
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  • Acc. 13 Engineering Library Vertical File for Henry Ford
    • box 11 Ford Rubber Plantation, 1938
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  • Acc. 880 Mira Wilkins Research Papers
    • box 2 Operations by Country – Brazil, 1920-1938 and post-World War II
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  • Acc. 1527 Ford R Bryan Papers
    • box 14 Rubber Plantation
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  • Small Accession
    • Acc. 197 OZ Ide Papers
      • Copies of diary of Judge O.Z. Ide regarding Fordlandia (Boa Vista) site selection and purchase, copies of agreements, power of attorney, minutes of meetings and clippings
    • Acc. 1756 Deckard, Howard C. papers (Fordlandia, Belterra, Rubber Industry and Trade in
                                 Brazil), 1928-1940

       
  • Acc. 95.34.1 Fordlandia Rubber Plantation Photograph Album
     
  • Acc. 1830 Fordlandia photograph album, created by Einar Oxholm, 1928-1930
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  • Acc. 1660 Photographic Vertical File
    • box 143 Rubber; Ford Motor Company; Brazil
      • Belterra
        • Employee Dwellings
        • Miscellaneous
        • People
        • Plantations
        • Schools
      • Fordlandia
        • Construction
        • Employee Dwellings
        • Miscellaneous
        • Plantations
        • Schools
           
  • Acc. 833 General Photographs Series
    • box 371 "Redeeming a Rubber Empire" (3 folders, 765a – 765c)
    • box 372 "Redeeming a Rubber Empire" (5 folders, 765d – 767a)
    • box 373 "Redeeming a Rubber Empire" (2 folders, 767b – 767c)

Periodicals

  • “Development of Brazil Plantation: The Schools of Fordlandia and Belterra.” The Herald, September 13, 1940, v.7 n.17 p.1

Ford News

  • Review Shows Ford Industries Set New Totals for Year '27 (Developed), 8:6:13+:2
  • Ship Remodeled for Service in Brazil, 8:9:49+:1
  • Remodeled Ship Preparing for Trip South, 8:14:109+:3
  • Ford Barge Leaves for Brazil Rubber Project, 8:18:159:1-
  • Ship Leaves For Project, 8:19:169+:3
  • Supply Boats Leave East Coast for Brazil, 8:20:181+:2
  • Ships bearing supplies for project arrive, 8:21:203:3
  • Ford Ships Reach Mouth of Tapajos River in September, 8:23:218:3
  • Developments Begin on Ford Rubber Project in Brazil, 8:24:240:1-3
  • Important Strides Made by Company in 1928 (Plantation), 9:1:3:1-3  
  • Lake Ormoc returns with bauxite are from British Guiana, 9:11:122:1-3
  • 26th Milestone Reached by Company, 9:12:134+:1-2
  • Clearing Land for Rubber Trees, 9:19:221:1-3
  • Year 1929 Important in Company Progress, 10:1:1+:1
  • Ormoc Leaves for Rubber Plantation, 10:7:74:2-3
  • Progress of Work at Rubber Plantation, 10:11:123:1-2
  • Year's Expenditures to Exceed Forecast, 10:14:158+:3
  • Work Progresses at Ford Rubber Plantation, 10:21:245:1-3
  • Progress on Ford Project at Boa Vista, 12:2:10+:1-2
  • ...all seasons the Fordson finds work to do (Rubber plantation), 12:3:11:1-2
  • New Hardwoods from Brazil, 12:8:8:1-2
  • To Distribute Hardwoods, 12:10:11:2
  • Ford Project at Boa Vista, 14:9:170+:1-2

Ford Rouge News

  • Ford Rubber Plantation He Tamed a Wild Jungle and Made a Modern City, 2(15) Jul 19 '47:.5:1-2

Audio-Visual

  • The Henry Ford does not have any film footage of Fordlandia, film can be found at the
       National Archives

Oral Histories

Vertical File

  • Ford, Henry; Rubber, interest in
  • Rubber Plantations
  • Brazil
  • Articles
  • Correspondence
  • Maps
  • Photographs

Books

 

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