Ford Motor Company records
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Ford Motor Company records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Ford Motor Company
Title: Ford Motor Company records
Dates: 1947-2006, undated
Quantity: 3.3 linear ft. (1 document case and 2 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS1012

Biographical/Historical Note

Ford Motor Company is an American automaker founded by Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, in 1903. The company established its headquarters for Southeastern operations in Atlanta in 1914. After selling its assembly plant and showroom on Ponce de Leon Avenue to the War Department in 1942, Ford relocated the Atlanta assembly operations to eighty-three acres in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946. Opened in 1947, the Atlanta Assembly Plant produced various Ford and Mercury models including the Ford Fairlane, Falcon, Fairmont, Taurus, Torino, Zephyr, Mercury Cougar, and Sable. At its peak in the early 1970s, the Atlanta Assembly Plant employed over 3,500 people. The plant ceased operations and closed in 2006 as part of Ford's restructuring plan and laid off 1,950 employees.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records related to the operation of the Atlanta Assembly Plant in Hapeville, Georgia, including the local company newspaper, Atlanta Ford News. In addition, there is a large scrapbook chronicling the Atlanta Assembly Plant dedication; blank company stationery; press releases on labor strikes and union negotiations; correspondence and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Atlanta Assembly Plant's 25th anniversary; an operations manual and fire emergency manual; and employee bulletins related to the events of September 11, 2001, and their effect on operations. This collection also includes two memory books, one from 1988 and the other from 2006, documenting the plant's history and current employees.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Automobile industry workers--United States--History
Cannon, Silas K.
Dorsey, Henry C.
Ford Motor Company--History
Ford Motor Company. Atlanta Assembly Plant (Hapeville, Ga.).
Hudson, Perry J.
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 882 (Hapeville, Ga.)
Strikes and lockouts--Automobile industry--United States--History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ford Motor Company records, MSS 1012, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Correspondence, publicity, stationery, and union negotiation papers, 1948-2006, undated
Memory books, 1988 and 2006


MSS OS Box 1.296Atlanta Assembly Plant dedication scrapbook, 1947-1948


MSS OS Box 2.415Atlanta Ford News publications, 1948-1967