Collection Scope and Contents
Title: Don E. Ford slide collection
Date (inclusive): 1930-1967
Date (bulk): 1952-1967
Collection Number: MS 405
Ford, Donald E., 1921-1965
0.83 linear feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Abstract: 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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright of these records has been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives.
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University of California, Riverside.
Processed by Serena Rodholm, Student Processing Assistant, 2018.
Processing of the Don E. Ford slide collection was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California,
Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project
was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
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.
In 1953, Ford helped found the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF), an organization which facilitates a competition to provide
funds for well-known science fiction fans in North America and Europe to attend a major convention on the other side of the
Atlantic. Ford served as the first U.S. administrator of TAFF for four years, and won the TAFF race himself in 1959, allowing
him to attend the 1960 Eastercon in London.
Ford was diagnosed with cancer, and passed shortly after in April of 1965.
Collection Scope and Contents
The collection consists of approximately 250 stereo slides and 600 35mm slides of science fiction conventions, fans, and authors
taken by Don E. Ford, mostly during the 1950s and 1960s. Slides in the collection depict various parts of conventions, including
audiences listening to performances and speakers, dinners, discussions, and other fan gatherings. This conventions represented
in the collection were held mainly in the Midwestern United States, with some slides from conventions held in London, Detroit,
and Washington D.C. Most slides include some sort of caption written by Ford.
Materials in the collection also include some personal slides, depicting family events and trips, as well as photographs from
the Cincinnati Fantasy Group.
The collection is arranged into two series as follows:
- Series 1. Events, 1930-1964
- Series 2. Conventions, 1952-1967
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Congresses and conventions
Science fiction fans
Science fiction -- Authorship
Genres and Forms of Materials