Charles Henri Ford papers
Scope and Contents
- Majority of material found within 1928 - 2002
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
26.95 Linear Feet (34 boxes)
Language of Materials
CHARLES HENRI FORD (1913-2002 )
Ford was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, on February 10, 1913 to Charles Lloyd and Gertrude Cato Ford. He attended the Christian Brothers College Grammar School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he lived with his mother and sister Ruth. In 1922 he was sent away to the Webb School in Bellbuckle, Tennessee, and later attended the Morgan School in St. Petersburg, Tennessee. In 1929, he went to St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, for at least one semester.
Later in 1929, Ford lived in both Columbus, Mississippi, and New York City, while he edited Blues. In 1930 he moved to Paris, where he lived for four years. During this period he developed friendships with several literary figures, among whom were Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes. After traveling through Europe and North Africa, Ford returned to New York in October, 1934.
Following his return, Ford concentrated on writing poetry and editing View. Poems for Painters was published by View Editions in 1945, followed by The Half-Thoughts in 1947 and Sleep in a Nest of Flames in 1949, which included a foreword by Edith Sitwell. He also edited The Mirror of Baudelaire in 1942 and A Night with Jupiter and Other Fantastic Stories in 1947. The book of stories was a View edition and included two pieces by Henry Miller. His later collections of verse include Spare Parts (1966), Silver Flower Coo (1968), Om Krishna (1978), and Secret Haiku (1982). His selected poems, Flag of Ecstasy, edited by Edward B. Germain, was published in 1972.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Art, Modern -- 20th Century
- Artists -- United States
- Artists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American
- Bentley, Eric, 1916-
- Drawings (visual works) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Editors -- United States
- Editors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Ford, Charles Henri, 1908-2002
- Genet, Jean, 1910-1986
- Illustrations (layout features) -- United States -- 20th Century
- Little magazines
- Magazine illustration -- 20th Century
- Mariën, Marcel, 1920-1993
- Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
- Modernism (Art)
- Modernism (Literature)
- Painting, Modern -- 20th Century
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Poetry, Modern -- 20th Century
- Poets -- United States -- 20th Century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century
- Reavey, George, 1907-1976
- Reynolds, Mary
- Scrapbooks -- United States -- 20th Century
- Serbanne, Claude
- Tyler, Parker, 1904-1974
- Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
- Young, Kathleen Tankersley, d. 1963
- Guide to the Charles Henri Ford Papers
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- July 1988
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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