The collection consists of
approximately 850 photographic slides, mostly of science fiction conventions, taken by well
known fan Don E. Ford in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Slides in the collection depict
various parts of conventions, including audiences listening to performances and speakers,
dinners, discussions, and other fan gatherings.
Donald E. Ford, was born in 1921 and began reading science fiction in 1930, starting his
lifelong love of the genre. He became a well-known and respected member of science fiction
fandom, as a leading member of the Cincinnati Fantasy Group, a founding member of First
Fandom, and the author and editor of fanzines such as POOKA. Ford was also involved in a
number of science fiction conventions, chairing Cinvention in 1949 and founding the first
Midwestcon in 1950.
0.83 Linear Feet
Copyright of these records has been assigned to the University of California, Riverside
Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Distinctive
This collection is open for research.