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Inventory of the John Anson Ford Papers, 1928-1971
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Anson Ford Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1971
    Creator: Ford, John Anson
    Extent: Number of pieces: approx. 35,000
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of John Anson Ford, 1961 and 1975. Period covered: 1928-1971 (with copies of family diaries and letters dating from 1832).


    Collection is open to qualified researches by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL. 

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Anson Ford Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    John Anson Ford (1883-1983) was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors between 1934 and 1958 and was Chairman in 1952-1954 and again in 1957. He attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, was first a history and economics teacher, then moved to Chicago to become a newspaper writer. He worked on the Chicago Tribune as assistant to the well-known columnist Henry M. Hyde; on the editorial board of Popular Mechanics Magazine; and as a news-writer for the Department of Labor and Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In 1920 he came to Los Angeles and entered the advertising and publicity business. He was elected Supervisor of Los Angeles County in 1934. He was candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1937 and was the first choice for Mayor of the Recall Committee in the election that immediately followed in 1938. Instead of accepting the nomination he chose to work for the election of Fletcher Bowron, who won in a crusading campaign to bring honest and professional city government to the city of Los Angeles. Ford was reelected to the office of County Supervisor in 1938 and in this position for many years brought great cultural, educational, and social advances to the Los Angeles area. After his retirement in 1958 John Anson Ford wrote regular newspaper columns and continued to give service to the community at large.

    Subject Matter

    The collection consists of correspondence, reports, and printed material relating chiefly to Los Angeles County government in the fields of agriculture, education, finance, labor, law enforcement, minority groups, music and art, politics, recreation and welfare.

    Some interesting or important items:

    FORD, John Sawtelle.
    Autograph album containing writing of John Greenleaf Whittier, Daniel Webster, and many other prominent people. This is followed by the collection of John Anson Ford of letters from Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, Thomas Mann and others. 1846-1954
    SLEIGH, John.
    Diary describing his voyage aboard the ship "Lavinia" from England to Quebec. 1832, May 21-Sep. 13. (Typewritten copy in "Records from Two Families," Box 1, Vol. A)
    FORD, George and Jeanette T.
    Letters written while missionaries to India (1846-1852) and to the Seneca Indians at Lower Cattaraugua, New York (1869-1870). (Typewritten copies and photostatic copies in Vol. B, Box 1.)
    HOLMES, Juliette T.
    Reminiscences about her childhood in Quebec (1824-1840) and pioneering in Wisconsin (1856-1894). 1894. (Type-written copy in Vol. C, Box 1)