Manuscripts and Archives Division
- 25 linear feet (55 boxes).
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Collection contains autograph letters of American presidents, heads of governmental agencies, congressmen, governors, generals, writers, and artists as well as thoseof European political, military and literary figures, dating from 1589 to 1898. Collection also includes some correspondence of the Ford family.
The Ford Autograph Collection was compiled between 1840 and 1898 by Gordon Lester Ford and his sons, Worthington Chauncey Ford and Paul Leicester Ford. Gordon L. Ford (1823-1891) was the business manager of the New York Tribune newspaper and had substantial banking and railroadinterests. His oldest son, Worthington (1858-1941) was chief of the Bureau of Statistics of the State and Treasury Departments in Washington, D.C., from 1885 to 1898, chief of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress from 1903 to 1909, and editor of the Massachusetts Historical Society from 1909 to 1929. The younger brother Paul (1865-1902) was a journalist, author and historical editor.
Controlled Access Terms
- Ford family.
- Artists -- Autographs.
- Authors -- Autographs.
- Politicians -- Autographs.
- Presidents -- United States -- Autographs.
- Generals -- Autographs.
- Autographs -- Collections.
Additional Creator Names
- Ford, Gordon Lester, 1823-1891.
- Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941.
- Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902.
- New York tribune.