Finding aid for the Helen and George Ford papers 2209

Diann Benti
USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
2021 December
Doheny Memorial Library G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0185
ctlibarc@usc.edu


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.

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Rights Statement for Archival Description

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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

 

Clippings and publicity

Box 1, Folder 1

George Ford clippings

Box 1, Folder 2-9

Helen Ford play clippings

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings for the plays Champagne, Sec; The Chimes of Normandy; A Church Mouse; Coquette; Dearest Enemy; The Patsy; Tonight or Never; and some miscellaneous plays.
Box 3, Folder 1

Helen Ford publicity and miscellaneous

 

Playbills

Box 1, Folder 10

Helen Ford playbills

 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Helen Ford publicity photographs

Box 1, Folder 13

Helen Ford miscellaneous photographs

Box 1, Folder 14

Play photographs, identified

Box 1, Folder 15

Play photographs, unidentified

Box 1, Folder 16

Group photographs

Box 1, Folder 17

Miscellaneous photographs

Box 4, Folder 1-2

Oversize Helen Ford photographs

 

Business records

Box 3, Folder 2

Theater account book, 1921-22 season 1921-1922

 

Plays

 

Plays by George Ford

Box 3, Folder 3

Another Time

Box 3, Folder 4

Eliza and the Angel

Box 3, Folder 5

Green in Your Eye

Box 3, Folder 6

The Gunwoman

Box 3, Folder 7

Killarney

Box 3, Folder 8

Love Pirate

Box 3, Folder 9

Star in Ireland

 

Plays by others

Box 3, Folder 10

Die Fledermaus (Lyrics by Robert A. Simon)

Box 3, Folder 11

The Love Apple (by Robert Nathan and Siegfried Herzig)

Box 3, Folder 12

Peggy Ann (by Herbert Fields)

Box 3, Folder 13

Southern Comfort (by Katherine and Dale Eunson

Box 3, Folder 14

Unidentified play with lead character John Middleton

 

Music

Box 3, Folder 15

A Fallen Star (ballet by George Ford)

 

George Ford manuscripts

Box 3, Folder 16

Come Dance with Me

Box 3, Folder 17

A Showman's Farewell

 

Scrapbooks

Box 3, Folder 18

Helen Ford scrapbook ca. 1920s

Box 4

Helen Ford scrapbook circa 1910s-1940s

 

Miscellaneous

Box 3, Folder 19

Miscellaneous printed items

Scope and Contents

Contains signed copy of "My Memoirs" booklet by Dr. George D. Haage, a brochure for Lakewood summer theatre colony, a program for the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers Ninth Annual Benefit (1953), and a framed playbill for "The Lord of the Manor" at the Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden, November 2, 1812.
Box 3, Folder 20

Helen Ford printing plate

 

Books

Box 3, Folder 21, Box 2

These Were Actors: The Story of the Chapmans and the Drakes (by George D. Ford) 1955

Scope and Contents

Box 3 contains one copy of the book and Box 2 contains six duplicate copies.