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Charles Henri Ford papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 32
Scope and Contents

The Charles Henri Ford Papers contain correspondence, writings, and artwork that document Ford's activities as an author and journal editor, with the bulk of the material dating from 1928 to 2002. Much of the material acquired before 1982 relates to the journals Blues and View, while the 2004 Acquisition includes documentation of broader range of Ford's activities. Personal and professional correspondence documents Ford's relationships with family members as well as American authors and artistic figures including Parker Tyler. Notebooks and diaries contain drafts of writings and personal observations. Art Files document Ford's creative process of producing collages, and include source material containing clippings and other images. Personal papers document medical, legal, and financial aspects of Ford's life. Unsorted Papers consist of material retained by Ford for his archive, grouped roughly chronologically, but otherwise unarranged.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charles Henri Ford Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Henri Ford, 1946-1949. Papers relating to the Garden of Disorder, including Ford's correspondence with George Reavey, were purchased in 1982. August 2004 Acquisition purchased from George Robert Minkoff, Inc., on the Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. Fund.


Organized into two groupings: 1946-1982 Acquisitions, and August 2004 Acquisition.

Majority of material found within 1928 - 2002
26.95 Linear Feet (34 boxes)
Related Names
Ford, Charles Henri, 1908-2002
Language of Materials