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Employee Records of the Ford Motor Company [Detroit Area], 1918-1947 (ICPSR 6352)

Principal Investigator(s): Whatley, Warren C.; Wright, Gavin


This data collection contains work histories of employees of the Ford Motor Company. A complete work history for each employee is presented, including wage rates, occupation, dates of hire, length of time on the job, reasons for leaving, and job performance ratings. Demographic information in the collection includes date of birth, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, place of birth, citizenship, and English language ability.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Demographic Characteristics - Download All Files (0.655 MB)
DS2:  Job Characteristics - Download All Files (1.847 MB)
DS3:  Previous Employment History - Download All Files (1.007 MB)
DS4:  Note Records - Download All Files (0.382 MB)

Study Description


Whatley, Warren C., and Gavin Wright. Employee Records of the Ford Motor Company [Detroit Area], 1918-1947. ICPSR06352-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06352.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06352.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF: SES-8300696 and SES-8910514)
  • University of Michigan

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    personnel records, workers

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1918--1947

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989--1991

Universe:    Persons employed between 1918 and 1947 in Detroit-area plants of the Ford Motor Company. Also included are mine workers, tugboat operators, and farm workers in other Ford Motor Company operations.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Sample:    Stratified random sample of 4,144 employees.

Data Source:

manuscript employee records of the Ford Motor Company housed at the Ford Industrial Archive in Redford, Michigan


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-06-05

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 5 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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