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Helen and George Ford papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2209

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of American stage and film actress Helen Ford (1894-1982) and her husband, theatrical manager George Ford (1879-1974), with the bulk dating from the 1920s to 1950s. Materials include press clippings, playbills, photographs, and scrapbooks chiefly reflecting Helen Ford’s stage acting career, as well as play scripts written by George Ford and others, two manuscripts by George Ford, and copies of his book “These Were Actors” (Library Publishers, 1955). Other items include a printing plate for Helen Ford, an 1812 London playbill, and a theater account book for the 1921-1922 season.

Dates

  • 1812 - 1982

Creator

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Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note on Helen Ford

Helen Ford (1894-1982) began acting as a child in New York. She acted in films in the 1920s before returning to the stage in the late 1920s and 1930s. She appeared in small roles in movies and televisions from the late 1940s into the 1970s. She was married to theatrical manager George Ford (1879-1974).

Biographical note on George Ford

George Ford (1879-1974) managed theater companies and concert tours from the early 1900s to the 1960s. He wrote a book, “These Were Actors,” on the history of English acting families. He was married to actress Helen Ford (1894-1982).

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of American stage and film actress Helen Ford (1894-1982) and her husband, theatrical manager George Ford (1879-1974), with the bulk dating from the 1920s to 1950s. Materials include press clippings, playbills, photographs, and scrapbooks chiefly reflecting Helen Ford’s stage acting career, as well as play scripts written by George Ford and others, two manuscripts by George Ford, and copies of his book “These Were Actors.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Title
Finding aid for the Helen and George Ford papers
Status
Completed
Author
Diann Benti
Date
2021 December
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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