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Guide to the Miriam A. De Ford Papers, 1893-1954
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Miriam A. De Ford Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1954
    Collection number: MS 3526
    Creator: De Ford, Miriam Allen, 1888-1975
    Extent: 5 boxes
    Repository: California Historical Society, North Baker Library
    San Francisco, California 94105-4014
    National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) Identification Number:
    NUCMC 82-364
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of the Estate of Miriam Allen De Ford through Ernest Besig, 1975.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The North Baker Research Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The North Baker Research 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 by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Miriam A. De Ford Papers. MS 3526, California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library.

    Added entries

    Clemmons, Ella May
    Collier, William Armistead
    Gould, Mrs. Howard
    Kendrick, John, 1925-1933
    Mooney, Tom
    Shipley, Maynard
    Yue, Wong Sun
    Chinese in California
    Science League of America
    Socialist Party (U.S.)
    Women as authors
    Women in California


    De Ford was a suffragist, feminist, and writer. Collection includes correspondence, between De Ford and her second husband Maynard Shipley, 1872-1934, a writer and lecturer whom she married in 1921, and Shipley's correspondence; De Ford's 1905 diary and diary entries from 1939 to 1941; her autobiography; manuscripts of her plays, stories, and articles, including Feminism -- Cause or Effect?, written in 1933; birth certificates, marriage licenses, and divorce papers; academic records; portion of De Ford's will; photos; wills of Shipley and William Armistead Collier, her first husband; membership cards; clippings; 1906 Philadelphia High School for Girls yearbook; and material on Ella May Clemmons and Mrs Howard Gould. De Ford attended Wellesley in 1908, and was the youngest member of the Single Tax Society. Among her works were They Were San Franciscans and a biography of Shipley.