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Charles Henri Ford papers, 1906-1989 (bulk 1939-1989)

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Charles Henri Ford papers, 1906-1989, bulk 1939-1989
Series I. Correspondence, 1906-1989
The files contain letters from Charles Henri Ford and Pavel Tchelitchew, and to them from their friends, primarily fellow artists, and writers. The letters detail the business, creative, and personal activities of Ford and his circle of friends from 1920-1989. Included are some works of mail art (particularly in the 1980s) from Ronnie Burk, John Chick, Buster Cleveland, Ira Cohen, Jerry Dreva, Paul Grillo, Ted Joans, Ray Johnson, and Valery Oisteanu.
Letters from Ford to his parents detail his travels, news about Pavel and other friends, and the success of his novel, The Young and evil. He discusses his readings and his opinions of specific artists and writers. Letters from his sister, Ruth Ford, are written in a diary-like style and keep her brother abreast of her social interactions with, and frank opinions about an extensive circle of literary, artistic and theatrical figures, including Djuna Barnes, Cecil Beaton, Robert Clairmont, Jean Cocteau, and Parker Tyler. She also details her personal life, impresses Ford with the importance of a network of influential friends and urges him to keep his finances in order. Letters to and from writers and artists provide rich details of creative ventures, opinions and personal events. Matta includes a set of illustrated notes. Stan Brakhage writes of his ideas about film.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically, except for a segment of letters that Ford kept in alphabetical order during the years, ca. 1933 to 1984. One folder contains letters addressed to Pavel Tchelitchew.
Box Folder
1 1 Postcards, 1906-1919 22 items
Picture (kitschy) postcards, addressed to Florine Chomeaux, Edward Chomeaux, Gladys
Gilgar, and M. Sullivan from unidentified correspondents
1 2 Postcards to Pavel Tchelitchew, 1920-1929 4 items
1 3 1930-1939 32 items
3 letters from Ford, a telegram to Tchelitchew from Orson Wells, copy of letter to Ruth Ford from Donald Sutherland (about Ford), 1 letter to Tchelitchew from the U.S. INS (1937), 10 postcards to Tchelitchew, 13 postcards to Ford, 2 postcards addressed to Blue magazine, 1 blank postcard
1 4 1940-1949 ca. 18 items
7 postcards to Ford, 4 postcards addressed to others, letter and legal documents from Morris Fish (attorney) to Ford and Tchelitchew, telegram to Tchelitchew, carbon of letter from Gertrude Ford, birthday greeting card addressed to Ruth, "Baby" and "Shelley."
1 5 1950-1952 ca. 12 items
Letters, postcards and telegrams to Ford and Tchelitchew, from Stella, Choura Zaoussailoff, Ruth Ford and Zachery Scott, Gertrude Ford and others. 2 letters (carbon copies) from Tchelitchew.
1 6 1953-1955 22 items
Letters and postcards to Ford and Tchelitchew, include holiday greetings, come hand-made, and 3 draft letters, 2 from Tchelitchew, 1 from Ford.
1 7 1954 18 items
correspondence between Kato Gondhi and Stephen Spender ( Encounter magazine); 2 letters to Botteghe Oscure from Gondhi.
1 8 1956 36 items
Letters, postcards, telegram, notes and holiday greetings to Ford and Tchelitchew from various, including Ruth Ford, Zachery Scott, Leonore Fini, "Tania" Blixon, Edouard Roditi. Most of the letters are from Andrew Tagliabue.
1 9 1957 ca. 28 items
Letters and holiday cards to Tchelitchew and Ford. 1 telegram from Tchelitchew to Ford; letter from Kirk Askew and 8 sheets (dated 1954-1957) listing Durlacher Bros. account with Tchelitchew for his paintings.
1 10 Letters to Pavel Tchelitchev, Rome, June-July, 1957 ca. 30 items
Letters from friends, most concerned about his health, including from Ruth Ford, Kirk Askew; 1 photograph of young boy; 1 very small envelope (mail art?) stamped "Pasta's parrot" contains 3 small objects. Includes hospital bills, bank book.
1 11 Condolence cables, 1957 12 items
Telegrams from Ford and Choura Zaisailoff to friends, reporting Tchelitchew's death. Most are typed copies.
1 12 Letters and Christmas cards, 1958-1959 20 items
2 letters from Ford (carbon copies), 1 to his sister; 18 holiday cards sent to Ford.
1 13 1960-1967 15 items
Letters and cards to Ford; letters between Zachery Scott (acting in Ford's behalf) and Brown University, and University of Texas, Austin about those libraries acquiring Ford's letters.
1 14 1968 11 items
Most letters between Ford and his banks, 1 postcard; one note from Ruth Ford to Susan Sontag, marked "not sent." 11 items
1 15 1969 24 items
Business and financial business in letters between Ford and his banks; some letters from friends, publishers.
1 16 1970 34 items
Most letters (carbon copies) between Frosch (attorney) and Ford, Ruth Ford and other attorneys about legal implications of Ford's plan to marry a Greek woman; short notes between Ford ("Bubu") and Ruth ("Sis").
1 17 Letters, 1971 ca. 23 items
Holiday cards and letters to Ford; some correspondence with his sister Ruth.
Box Folder
2 1 1972
2 2 January-May 1973
2 3 June-July 1973
2 4 August-October 1873
2 5 November, December 1973?
2 6 January-February 1974
2 7 March-April 1974
2 8 May-June 1974
2 9 July-October 1974
2 10 1974
2 11 November-December 1974
2 12 January-April 1975
2 13 May-August 1975
Box Folder
3 1 1975
3 2 September-December 1975
3 3 Correspondence between Ford and the American Advisory Service, 1975-1977
3 4 January-February 1976
3 5 March 1976
3 6 April-May 1976
3 7 June-September 1976
3 8 October 1976
3 9 November 1976
3 10 December 1976
3 11 1976
3 12 January 1977
3 13 February 1977
3 14 March-May 1977
3 15 June-September 1977
Box Folder
4 1 October-December 1977
4 2 1977
4 3 Letters to Jesse and Suzy Brandt, 1977
4 4 January 1978
4 5 February 1978
4 6 March 1978
4 7 April 1978
4 8 May 1978
4 9 June 1978
4 10 July 1978
4 11 August 1978
4 12 September 1978
4 13 October 1978
Box Folder
5 1 November 1978
5 2 December 1978
5 3 1978
5 4 January 1979
5 5 February-March 1979
5 6 April-November 1979
5 7 December 1979
5 7 1979
5 8 January-May 1980
5 9 June-August 1980
5 10 September-November 1980
5 11 December 1980
5 11 1980
Box Folder
6 1 Letters, January-March 1981
6 2 Letters, April-May 1981
6 3 June-July 1981
6 4 August-September 1981
6 5 October-December 1981
6 6 1981
6 7 Letter from George-Thérèse Dickenson, 1981
Contains small glass jar of frankincense inside a green stocking.
6 8 January-February 1982
6 9 March-September 1982
6 10 October-December 1982
6 10 1982
6 11 Correspondence and receipts regarding Ford, Ruth Ford, and Sotheby's, 1982
Box Folder
7 1 January-August 1983
7 2 September-November 1983
7 3 December 1983
7 3 1983
7 4 Letters in answer to a secretarial advertisement, Oct 1983
7 5 January-February 1984
7 6 March-June 1984
7 7 July-September 1984
7 8 October 1984
7 9 November 1984
7 10 December 1984
7 11 1984
7 12 Letter from Byron Black, Oct 1984
Contains mail art, including used typewriter ribbon inside plastic box.
Box Folder
8 1 January-February 1985
8 2 March-August 1985
8 3 September-November 1985
8 4 December 1985
8 4 1985
8 5 Correspondence and receipts between Ford and Sotheby's, 1985
8 6 January-February 1986
8 7 March-April 1986
8 8 May 1986
8 9 June 1986
8 10 July-December 1986
8 11 1986
8 12 Letter from Ronnie Burk, 1986
Contains mail art, including two small packets of perfumed Dhoop sticks.
Box Folder
9 1 1987
9 2 1988
9 3 1989
9 4-6 undated
Box
10-14, 77* Letters filed alphabetically, A-Z
Box Folder
10 1 A
10 2-4 B
10 5-6 C
10 7 D
Box Folder
11 1 E
11 2-3 Letters from Ruth Elizabeth Ford
11 4-9 F
Box Folder
12 1-4 Letters from Mrs. Gertrude Ford
12 5 Letters from Jane Ford
12 6-7 G
12 8 H
12 9 I
12 10-12 J
Box Folder
13 1 K
13 2 L
13 3 Matta
13 4-6 M
13 7 N
13 8 O
13 9 P
13 10 Q-R
Box Folder
14 1-3 S
14 4-5 T
14 6 U-V
14 7 W
14 8 X-Z
Box Folder
77* 5 Oversize letters, from alpha files
Oversize
1** Oversize letters from alpha files


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