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Ford (Helen and George) papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Biographical note on Helen Ford
  • Biographical note on George Ford
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: Helen and George Ford papers
    Creator: Ford, George D.
    Creator: Ford, Helen, 1894-1982
    Identifier/Call Number: 2209
    Physical Description: 3.75 Linear Feet 4 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1812-1982
    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."
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

    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).

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Helen and George Ford papers, Collection no. 2209, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    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.

    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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Provenance unknown.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actors -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Theater -- United States -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Photographs
    Clippings
    Plays (performing arts compositions)
    Scrapbooks
    Ford, George D. -- Archives
    Ford, Helen, 1894-1982 -- Archives