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

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

Collection number: MS 3526

California Historical Society

North Baker Research Library

San Francisco, California

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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.

Box Box 1 , Folder 1

Journal, 1905

Folder 2

Autobiography, 1913-1936

Folder 3

Diary entries, 1939-1941

Folder 4

Part of her Will

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1893-1947

Folder 6

Academic records, 1895-1911

Folder 7

Yearbook, Philadelphia High School for Girls, 1906

Folder 8

Birth Certificate, Marriage Licenses, Divorce papers

Folder 9


Folder 10

Membership cards

Folder 11

Newspaper clippings, 1915-1956

Folder 12

Questionnaire, The Truth Seeker, 1927

Folder 13

Correspondence between M.A. DeFord and M. Shipley, 1917-1929

Folder 14

Maynard Shipley's Letters, 1921-1933

Folder 15

Maynard Shipley's Last Will and Testament

Folder 16

William Armistead Collier's Last Will and Testament

Folder 17

Albion, 1906

Folder 18

Fifty Years of Europe, 1908

Folder 19

The Spider, 1919

Folder 20

Angel's Flight, 1924

Folder 21

California's Disgrace - How and Why Tom Mooney was Framed, 1935

Box Box 2 , Folder 22

San Francisco - World Capital, 1945

Folder 23

Palo Alto's Mysterious Frenchman, 1954

Folder 24

Testimonial Dinner

Folder 25

Feminism - Cause and Effect

Folder 26

The Survival of the Humanities

Folder 27

Miscellaneous manuscript

Folder 28

The Fog Horn

Folder 29

Heavenly Heights

Folder 30

The House Divided

Folder 31

Walking Shadow

Folder 32

The Lynching

Folder 33

A Chinaman's Chance

Folder 34


Folder 35

Ella May Clemmons, Advertising card, and two chapters from They Were San Franciscans & Murderers Sane & Mad


Haldeman-Julius publications condensed with foreward by M. A. DeFord


[Facts You Should Know about California (by MAD.)]


Washington Irving's Sketch Book


Robert Blatchford's Not Guilty; a Defense of the Bottom Dog


Bellamy's Looking Backward


William Morris's News from Nowhere; a Time of Rest


Winwood Reade's The Martyrdom of Man


Thoreau's Walden


Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstone craft


Lewis Henry Morgan's Anciet Society; Researches in the Lines of Human Progress from Savagery through Barbarism to Civilization


Henry George's Progress and Poverty; An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth; the Remedy


Samuel Butler's Erewhom, or Over the Range


Sir Thomas More's Utopia


Oliver Wendell Holmes's The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table


Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race

Volume Vol. 1

Making a Book Contract, Miriam A. DeFord

Volume Vol. 2

Author's Agents: To Use or Not to Use, M.A. DeFord

Volume Vol. 3

The Key to Evolution, vol. 1-8, Maynard Shipley

Volume Vol. 4

A Dictionary of Musical Terms, Maynard Shipley

Volume Vol. 5

How to Teach Yourself to Play the Piano, M. Shipley

Volume Vol. 6-8

Haldeman-Julius Monthly (3 issues) with articles by M. Shipley

Volume Vol. 9-10

The DeBunker (2 issues) with articles by M. Shipley

Volume Vol. 11

Material Gathered on the Federal Writers Project, San Francisco