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Finding aid for the Richard Ford Small Manuscripts



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
University of Mississippi. Dept. of Archives and Special Collections
Richard Ford Small Manuscripts
Date [inclusive]
1988-2000 (bulk 1961-2000)
General Physical Description note
2 boxes (1.55 linear feet)
School publications, newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Mississippi author, Richard Ford. Ford's publications include The Sportswriter (1986),  A Piece of My Heart (1987),  Wildlife (1990),  Independence Day (1995),  Rock Springs (1987),  Women With Men: Three Stories (1997),  A Multitude of Sins: Stories (2002), and  The Lay of the Land (2006).

Prefered Citation

Richard Ford Small Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Revision Description


Access Restrictions

The Richard Ford Small Manuscripts collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Periodic additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Collection assembled from various sources, both donation and purchase, by the University of Mississippi Archives & Special Collections

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives & Special Collections staff.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For more literary collections housed at the University of Mississippi Archives & Special Collections, see our Literary Collections subject guide.

Separated Material

Broadsides formerly housed in this collection, which were cataloged, have been removed and placed with cataloged materials. These include:

And I thought about the matter of trust..., PS3556.O713 R62 1991

[From Independence day], PS3556.O713 I53 1995e

3 copies of The Sportswriter, PS3556.O713 S62 1986

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Controlled Access Headings


  • correspondence
  • manuscripts for publication
  • newspapers
  • photocopies
  • posters
  • promotional materials

Personal Name(s)

  • Ford, Richard, 1944-


  • American literature -- Mississippi
  • Authors, American -- Mississippi
  • Novelists, American -- 20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

1.1 Harvill News (Vol. 1, No. 2) 

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Richard Ford and his novel Wildlife, Summer 1990

1.2 Letter from Harper and Row publisher and vice president Erwin A. Glikes to "Reviewer", Undated 

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literary "find" that is Richard Ford"s novel A Piece of My Heart

1.3 Advertisement for Richard Ford"s Wildlife with reviewer quotations, color illustrations, and plot synopsis, 22 August 1991 

1.4 Book of "Proceedings" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Series 2, No. 48), 21 May 1997 

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Merit award presentation to Richard Ford

1.5 Postcard invitation for the Richard Ford-Jane Kent collaboration "Privacy" at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 9 April 2000 

1.6 Issue of Esquire magazine with "Bascombe, in Realty," by Richard Ford. July 1993 

1.7 Photocopy of manuscript for Bright Angel, 8 September 1988 (124 p.) 

1.8 Typed copy of Richard Ford"s "English Magnolias" essay, 1992 (5 p.) 

1.9 Publicity material for Richard Ford"s Independence Day, 4 July 1996 (6 p.) 

1.10 TLS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 26 June 1991 (2p.) 

1.11 TLS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 17 August 1992 

1.12 ALS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 2 November 1995 

1.13 TLS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 7 June 1996 

1.14 ALS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 22 February 1997 

1.15 ACS. Richard Ford to Greg Gatenby, 5 April 2000 

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Box 2 

2.1 Hoofbeat, the Murrah High School student newspaper. (Vol. 7, No. 4.), 20 December 1961 

2.2 Advertisement. Richard Ford"s works, accompanied by illustrations, pictures, and reviewer comments 

2.3 Two-sided black and white poster for Richard Ford"s Women With Men by The Harvill Press of London 

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Tube 1. Poster. Richard Ford’s book A Piece of My Heart. 24 x 60.25. 

Tube 2. Poster. “Richard Ford” (Harvill Press). 60 x 20.