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

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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


Version V1

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.

Whatley, Warren C., and Wright, Gavin. Employee Records of the Ford Motor Company [Detroit Area], 1918-1947. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06352.v1

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National Science Foundation (NSF: SES-8300696 and SES-8910514)

University of Michigan

1918 -- 1947

1989 -- 1991

Stratified random sample of 4,144 employees.

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.

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

administrative records data



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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