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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

Scope and Content of Collection

Papers contain correspondence (1920-1989), Ford's journals (1938-1986), literary drafts, papers relating to the publication of Blues 10 (1929-1930), works of art by Ford and others (1934-1988), clippings and announcements (1940-1989), and personal documents.

The correspondence details the business and personal activities of Ford and his circle of friends. Correspondents include Angel Borrero, Paul Bowles, Ronnie Burk, Ira Cohen, Nancy Cunard, Leonor Fini, Kimon Friar, Peter Kostakis, Ted Joans, Gerard Malanga, Lynne Tillman, and Parker Tyler. Letters from his sister Ruth Ford provide a detailed picture of her social life in New York. Also included are pieces of mail art from Ronnie Burk, John Chick, Buster Cleveland, Ira Cohen, Jerry Dreva, Paul Grillo, Ted Joans, Ray Johnson, and Valery Oisteanu. Diverse works of art by Ford and others also are part of the papers.

Ford's journals served as diaries and include drafts of his literary works: poems and haiku appear in fragments throughout the journals. Also included are his agendas and datebooks, and Pavel Tchelitchew's datebooks from 1938-1948.

Drafts of Fords novels, plays, and poetry exists in various stages of revision. Manuscripts by others were sent to Ford, perhaps for publication in Blues or View. Several folders relate to the publication of Blues 10, the tenth issue of his literary magazine, 1929-1930.

Several folders, intended for Ford's scrapbook, contain ephemera that document his publications, gallery openings, poetry readings, dinners, teas and other social events that he attended or that where given in his honor. Newspaper clippings, many sent to him by his sister Ruth Ford, document social activities, theater, exhibitions, opera, dance, literature, and gay rights. Announcements and invitations provide a picture of the artistic events that were an important part of Ford's life: exhibitions, readings, auctions, announcements for publications, theatrical events.

The collection also includes miscellaneous papers, such as receipts (royalty reports, gallery receipts, invoices) and some personal documents. Five boxes hold publications and unprocessed materials.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 11 series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1906-1989;
Series II. Notebooks and datebooks, 1938-1986;
Series III. Ford's manuscripts, 1933-1986;
Series IV. Works by others, ca. 1980s;
Series V. Blues 10, 1978-1989;
Series VI. Works of art, 1934-1988, undated;
Series VII. Personal and business documents, 1936-1986;
Series VIII. Dossier scrapbook, undated;
Series IX. Newspaper clippings, 1952-1989;
Series X. Program announcements, 1940-1989, undated;
Series XI. Receipts, ca. 1920-1989

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