The automaker's major gift consists of 39 works by the acclaimed Canadian photographer.
The lot concentrates on the artist’s work following a visit to a Windsor Ford plant in February 1951.
Karsh took a series of portraits of plant employees working on the assembly line, in the foundry and at the trade school.
“We thank Ford for this extraordinary gift. This acquisition represents a culmination of many years of partnership and work between the Art Gallery of Windsor and Ford of Canada," AGW director Catharine Mastin said in a media release. "We look forward to sharing these great works with a special exhibit in the New Year."
An exhibition of selected works from the collection will be shown Jan. 25 through April 6 next year.
Karsh is best known for his iconic images of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and many other heads of state and government, and celebrities.
“The industrial projects of Yousuf Karsh have been little-studied, yet were surprisingly a substantial part of his career. They document important aspects of Canadian history and national life, with a focus on the City of Windsor and industry," former AGW curator Cassandra Getty said.
Karsh was born in Mardin, Armenia and arrived in Canada in 1924.
For more than six decades he maintained a studio in Ottawa.
Karsh garnered a dozen Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States, Companion to the Order of Canada and numerous professional photography awards.
His exhibition history includes showing at the World’s Fair in Montreal in 1967 and at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.
“Yousuf Karsh’s work helps to demonstrate the proud legacy Ford of Canada has in Windsor,"Ford of Canada president and CEO Dianne Craig said. "This is a gift to Windsor and a celebration of a special era of our everyday heroes captured by a true master."