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Digital archive for auto industry gains national endowment funds

November 24, 2010
The impact of the automobile industry, and the auto itself, on American culture will be analyzed on a Web site and on-line archive operated by the University of Michigan, which obtained a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the endeavor. The Web site will feature an archive devoted to auto industry engineers and designers, including a collection of about 300 interviews from the Henry Ford Museum. The interviews, from the 1950s, were conducted with people associated with Henry Ford. In addition, the archive will present 100 interviews conducted in the '80s with automotive designers, papers of American automotive designers and records of the Ford Motor Co. The address of the new Web site has not been announced.