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Ford set to digitize material for online museum

The Henry Ford

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford and the Henry Ford museum are taking their collection of historical documents, photos, video and other items and digitizing them so they can be shared online with the public.

The Detroit Free Press reports that among the 14 million items accumulated in the Ford archives in Dearborn is the resignation letter Henry Ford sent to his board of directors in 1945, in which he said he needed time to pursue personal interests. They also have sketches, ad campaign materials and video.

The University of California has offered its computing center to assist with the collection, which will be available at thehenryford.org.

Marilyn Zoidis is museum director of historical resources. She says standards used by the Library of Congress will be followed to put documents online.

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