Ford Motor Company is celebrating its 120th birthday this month. The Dearborn-based automaker was founded in June 1903.
To mark the occasion, the Ford Heritage Vault — which has worked over the past year to digitize materials from the company’s archive — is adding a series of location photos from around the world.
Listen: Ford archivist Ted Ryan discusses the Ford Heritage Vault
Ted Ryan, the archives and heritage brand manager at Ford, says the new uploads include everything from the Willow Run bomber plant the automaker built during World War II to historic Ford sites overseas.
“Fifty different locations — almost 500 photos from around the world,” says Ryan. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re going to continue to add location photos to the vault over time.”
After a year of being online, Ryan shares nearly 14,000 assets have been posted on the website so far. However, that only represents less than one percent of Ford’s total collection of archived material.
“Our goal from the beginning was to have the vault be the one-stop-shop for all things Ford,” says Ryan. “And that’s still the north star for the system.”
Listen to the entire interview using the media player above. The archive can be viewed at fordhertitagevault.com.