Dates: 1933-1988

Collection Number: MS 148

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 1 folder.

Creators/Collectors: Shenk, William B., Jr.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation: William B. Shenk, Jr. Papers, MS 148, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va. 

Acquisition Information: Gift, William B. Shenk, 23 May 1988.

Biographical/Historical Information: William Byrne Shenk, Jr. (1933-2010) was born in Virginia, the son of William B. Shenk, Sr., and Helen H. Early. The family lived in Charlottesville, Virginia during Shenk's childhood and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida during World War II. Shenk graduated St. Petersburg High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Army Signal Corp. in 1953 and was assigned to the White House Army Signal Agency. Discharged in 1956 Shenk enrolled at the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, California, he joined the Ford Motor Company's design studio in 1962. Some of his design credits include the exterior design for the 1970 and 1971 Ford Torino and the aero styling update to the 1987 Ford Mustang.

Scope and Content: This collection contains a typed personal history and resume of William Byrne Shenk, Jr., a Ford Design Center Highlight newsletter (March 1987) with photo of Shenk attached, a letter from Donald E.  Petersen, Chairman of the Board at Ford to William B. Shenk, 2 June 1986, a letter from William B. Shenk to Malinda[sic] [Frierson, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Director], 14 May 1988, and a school report scrapbook Early Charlottesville 1762-1874 created by Bill Shenk, Jr. The school report contains postcards, photographs, newspaper clippings, and extracts written by Shenk.

Persons: Shenk, William B., Jr.


  • Albemarle County, Virginia - History
  • Autobiography
  • Charlottesville, Virginia - History
  • Scrapbook

Record Types:

  • Albums (Books).
  • Correspondence.