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Finding Aid for the Charles Henri Ford Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Ford, Charles Henri
Charles Henri Ford Collection
March 1989-March 1996
1.0 Linear foot (1 box)
Language of Materials
Letters, photographs, postcards and transcripts from author Charles Henri Ford addressed to Robert Sharrard (and others) about different published work.

Preferred Citation

Charles Henri Ford Collection (MUM01791), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Charles Henri Ford (1913-2002) was born Charles Henry Ford in Brookhaven, Miss., and later changed the spelling of his middle name. He lived in New York, Paris, and Nepal. Ford was a homosexual, and was the longtime partner of artist Pavel Tchelitchew.

Ford founded the little magazine Blues as a teenager and later served as editor of the Surrealist magazine  View in New York City. He published 16 books of poetry between 1936 and 2001. He also published a novel,  The Young and Evil (1933), and a book of nonfiction,  Water From A Bucket: A Diary 1948-1957 (2001). Ford was a member of literary expatriate circles in Paris in the 1930s.

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Scope and Content

One box containing correspondence between Charles Henri Ford, who wrote from Greece and New York City, and Robert Sharrard.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries April 2013

Access Restrictions

The Charles Henri Ford 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.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Clouds Hill Books in the Fall of 2012

Processing Information

Collection processed by Drew Carter, October 2012. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, April 2013.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

For more literary collections, see the Archives' Literary Collections subject guide.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • Ford, Charles Henri


  • Authors and publishers
  • Gay authors
  • Poets, American -- 20th century
  • Publishers and publishing

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Collection Inventory

 1.1 Transcript of collection and invoice for collection purchase, August 2012 

 1.2 Contract negotiation, 18 March 1989 

 1.3 Request for photocopies, 15 April 1989 

 1.4 Transcript for published poems, 1990 

 1.5 Request for progress summary on publication, 31 January 1990 

 1.6 Title, content correction, request for draft, 5 March 1990 

 1.7 Cover art and titling for different published work, 22 March 1990 

 1.8 Dedication page insert, 24 March 1990 

 1.9 Official title for new published work, 31 March 1990 

 1.10 Three photographs – 1 of Ford, 1 of Menotaur for book cover, and 1 collage made by Ford, April 1990 

 1.11 Autograph postcard - poem selection, 9 May 1990 

 1.12 Book artwork, 3 June 1990 

 1.13 Photos for cover of book, 25 June 1990 

 1.14 Inquiry about the publication City Lights, 28 July 1990 

 1.15 Autograph postcard - acknowledgement of previous correspondence, 12 August 1990 

 1.16 Changes to pages, 7 September 1990 

 1.17 Book signing scheduling, 29 October 1990 

 1.18 General inquiry, 6 December 1990 

 1.19 Bibliography for book jacket, 21 January 1991 

 1.20 Proposal for book jacket quotes from book, 16 February 1991 

 1.21 Request for six copies of book, 18 June 1991 

 1.22 Personal postcard, 3 March 1992 

 1.23 Request for copies of the book and photographs, 4 November 1992 

 1.24 Request for copies and reviews of book, 7 April 1993 

 1.25 General requests of Ford to publisher, 31 January 1994 

 1.26 General requests of Ford to publisher, 24 September 1994 

 1.27 Request and change of address for Ford (NYC), 12 November 1994 

 1.28 General requests of Ford to publisher, 28 March 1996