Ford Instrument Company
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
The Public Information and Advertising Department series includes advertising literature, newsclippings, trade catalogs, correspondence of department managers, technical reports, blueprints, engineering correspondence and press releases. The files also include biographical material on Elmer Sperry and an oral interview with Hannibal Ford of the Ford Instrument Co. Other files document Sperry's efforts to work with the military during World War II to produce a series of films for defense. Of particular interest are papers describing the company's efforts to help produce the motion pictures "The House on 92nd Street" and "The Road to Murmansk."
This series is the first portion of the Bristol record group and contains documents from the Sperry Farragut Corporation, subsidiary of the Sperry Corporation (June-July 1951); Sperry Farragut Company, division of the Sperry Corporation (August 1951 through June 1955); Sperry Farragut Company, division of the Sperry Rand Corporation (June 1955 to 1967); and the Ford Instrument Company.
The bulk of this subseries contains images of plant management and workers, machinery and products. A piece of the Sperry Farragut plant’s history that is especially well-documented is the manufacturing of the Sperry Sparrow I missile, created for the United States Navy Bureau of Aeronautics. This series also includes images of the Pershing 2-stage ballistic missile.
Also included are two copies of a scrapbook which commemorates three plant tours given in 1955 entitled “The Big Fix".