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Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, bulk (1880-1925).

Title
Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925).
Author
Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941.
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Description
75 linear feet (130 boxes).
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Ford, Worthington C.; Ford family
Biography (note)
  • Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858-1941), the eldest son of Gordon Lester Ford and Emily Fowler Ford, first worked as a cashier for the Long Island Railroad and wrote articles on economics and civics. In 1885 he was appointed chief of the Bureau of Statistics of the U.S. State Dept., then in 1893 he became chief of the Treasury Dept. Bureau of Statistics. He was head of the Boston Public Library's Dept. of Documents and Statistics from 1897 to 1902, chief of the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress from 1902 to 1909, editor of the Massachusetts Historical Society until 1929, and director of the European mission for the Library of Congress, 1929-1935. Ford wrote and edited historical works and was considered an expert on George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and the economist David Wells.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 1044
Author
Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941.
Title
Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925).
Additional Formats
Letters from Barrett Wendell, 1909-1920, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Summary
Collection consists of correspondence, writings, notes and transcripts, student notes and notebooks, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, miscellaneous papers, and printed matter. General correspondence, 1862-1938, is between Ford and historians, librarians, scholars, writers, publishers, booksellers, and lawyers, including extensive correspondence with Charles Francis Adams, Henry Cabot Lodge, James Ford Rhodes, and John Franklin Jameson. Family correspondence, 1870-1935, is chiefly incoming letters from many members of Ford's family. Most of the writings are drafts or hand-written manuscripts for works which Ford authored or edited and are concerned with American history and economics. Notes and transcripts are comprised of numerous transcripts of historical letters and other documents with research notes, annotated printed matter, and notebooks (some from Ford's student days.) Diaries, 1873-1918, contain brief entries concerning Ford's activities, and scrapbooks, ca. 1898-1931, consist mostly of clippings and other materials on a particular subject. Photographs are of Ford family members and of various personal and public subjects. Miscellaneous papers include personal papers, writings by individuals other than Ford, records of organizations with which he was affiliated, genealogical documents and biographical sketches of the Fowler and Chauncey families, financial accounts, and ephemera.
Printed matter consists of clippings, periodicals, pamphlets, and materials concerning the Lincoln forgeries.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858-1941), the eldest son of Gordon Lester Ford and Emily Fowler Ford, first worked as a cashier for the Long Island Railroad and wrote articles on economics and civics. In 1885 he was appointed chief of the Bureau of Statistics of the U.S. State Dept., then in 1893 he became chief of the Treasury Dept. Bureau of Statistics. He was head of the Boston Public Library's Dept. of Documents and Statistics from 1897 to 1902, chief of the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress from 1902 to 1909, editor of the Massachusetts Historical Society until 1929, and director of the European mission for the Library of Congress, 1929-1935. Ford wrote and edited historical works and was considered an expert on George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and the economist David Wells.
Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on the internet.
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Occupation
Historians.
Archivists.
Editors.
Added Author
Adams, Brooks, 1848-1927.
Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915.
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918.
Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949.
Bemis, Samuel Flagg, 1891-1973.
Bigelow, John, 1817-1911.
Beveridge, Albert J. (Albert Jeremiah), 1862-1927.
Bowker, R. R. (Richard Rogers), 1848-1933.
Bradford, Gamaliel, 1831-1911.
Dana, Richard Henry, 1851-1931.
Eames, Wilberforce, 1855-1937.
Faunce, William Herbert Perry, 1859-1930.
Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902.
Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943.
Hunt, Galliard, 1862-1924.
Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960.
Jameson, J. Franklin (John Franklin), 1859-1937.
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924.
Lowell, A. Lawrence (Abbott Lawrence), 1856-1943.
Nordhoff, Charles, 1830-1901.
Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955.
Rhodes, James Ford, 1848-1927.
Shaw, Albert, 1857-1947.
Swift, Lindsay, 1856-1921.
Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923.
Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941.
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.
Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949.
Wendell, Barrett, 1855-1921.
Research Call Number
MssCol 1044
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