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Ford Madox Ford Papers, 1914-1939

Collection Overview

Title: Ford Madox Ford Papers, 1914-1939

Predominant Dates:1914-1939

ID: MS/MS/ms046

Creator: Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 11/01/1966

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The most significant portion of Washington University's Ford Madox Ford Papers is the carbon typescript of A Little Less Than Gods (1928), Ford's novel of romance and adventure set in the Napoleonic Wars. This manuscript contains numerous revisions and corrections by him. The collection also contains several letters from Ford, primarily to Alfred H. Mendes, whose book Ford was helping to get published, as well as an autograph draft of the poem The Old Faith by Ford and several drafts and galleys of work from The Transatlantic Review with corrections by Ford. Also included are a large group of photocopies of scarce columns written by Ford for The Outlook between 1913-1915.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase and gift

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 787. Purchase from House of Books, November 1, 1966.

Accession number 842. Purchase from Bertram Rota, Ltd, July 27, 1967.

Accession number 929. Purchase from Charles Book Books, June 27, 1968.

Accession number 959. Purchase from House of Books, August 5, 1968.

Accession number 976. Purchase from House of Books, August 27, 1968.

Accession number 1279. Gift of Sondra Stang, July 19, 1971.

Accession number 1315. Purchase, October 26, 1971.

Accession number 1567. Gift of Sondra Stang, January 18, 1983.

Accession number 1649. Unknown, January 25, 1985.

Accession number 22978. Unknown

Accession number 22979. Unknown

Accession number 23916. Gift of Richard Stang.

Related Materials: See also Richard Stang Papers

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, 1914-1939Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence by Violet Hunt and by Ford Madox Ford, arranged by author then chronologically.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence from Violet Hunt, Box 1, Folder 1Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 1: To Mr. Dibden, [1914]: July 9Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages. South Lodge, Campden Hill Road, London. She asks him if he would care to handle the sale of some black and white drawings and sketches by Ford Madox Brown and two drawings by Rossetti. Signed "Violet Hunt Hueffer."
Item 2: To Mr. Dibden, [1914]: December 4Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 4 pages. South Lodge, Campden Hill, Kensington. She expresses disappointment at prices fetched by the drawings and sketches. She feels that her father's works [Alfred Hunt] have been particularly undervalued. She asks him to see if he can get the figure raised.
Sub-Series 2: Correspondence from Ford Madox Ford, Box 1, Folder 2Add to your cart.
12 items
Item 1: To J[ames] B[oliver] Manson, Director of the National Gallery, London, 1929: January 11Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. 32 Rue de Vaugirad, Paris. Thanks him for his comments on his Tietjens novels and complains about the critical reception of his work in England and about the general financial problems of the artist in British society.
Item 2: To Leonie [Adams], 1929: May 31Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. 30 West 9th Street, New York City. Asks her to contact him, explains that he is moving, suggests they meet.
Item 3: To Winnie Winsom, 1937: March 27Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Asks her to arrange a meeting before he leaves for the south in one month.
Item 4: To [Don] Purvis, 1937: June 17Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page. Allen Tate, Clarksville, Tenn. to Purvis, Washington, D.C. Apologizes for delay in sending the Nightingale.
Item 5: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1938: October 28Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Notes he plan to publish only first books by new authors but invites him to submit his book for possible referral to another publisher.
Item 6: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1938: November 18Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. He has read Mendes' Black Fauns with great interest and would like to discuss it further.
Item 7: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: January 4Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has not yet written a preface to [Black Fauns] because he has yet to find a publisher for the book. Asks him to visit as his rheumatism prevents him from going out.
Item 8: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: January 19Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Reviews the publishing prospects for Black Fauns and suggests Mendes apply for a Houghton-Mifflin scholarship.
Item 9: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: March 9Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford continues to try to place Black Fauns. Asks for another copy to send round to publishers.
Item 10: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: March 30Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Ford has still not found a publisher for Black Fauns. Suggests that Mendes approach the Frederick Stokes Co. about the possibility of doing a topographical work for them, in line with his WPA work.
Item 11: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: April 26Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Agrees to write a preface to [Black Fauns]. (Portion of blank page cut from sheet).
Item 12: To Alfred H. Mendes, 1939: May 15Add to your cart.
Typed letter signed, 1 page. Ten Fifth Avenue, [New York]. Scolds him for not telling him that [Black Fauns] is not yet placed, as his proposed Preface is difficult and time-consuming when publication is not assured. Instructs him to how to approach other publishers. Encloses a typed letter, 1 page, May 15, 1939 letter of admiration for the book that Mendes may show to publishers.
Series 2: MiscellanyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Paintings of Provence by BIALA with originals of illustrations for Ford Madox Ford's Provence, April 25 - May 9. Gallery of Georgette Passedoit... New York, etc, 1935Add to your cart.
Includes list of works shown, and note on Biala by Pierre Lamure. Printed sheet folded, with autograph note by Ford of invitation to the gallery across the sheet. Signed.
Item 2: Autograph note of new address, phone, etc. on Ford Madox Ford letterhead, Ten Fifth Avenue, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 page
Folder 4: Press release, [1939]: March 13Add to your cart.
Typescript [duplicated], 2 pages. Announcing formation of The Society of the Friends of William Carlos Williams, and stating the next meeting would be in honour of Edward Dahlberg. Includes list of selected members of the society.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Only Gifted Uncle of the Gifted Young, 1974Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 24 pages. 2 items
Folder 11: Photograph of Janice Biala painting of Ford, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 12: Photocopies of newsclippings and magazine articles about Ford from Janice Biala's files, No dateAdd to your cart.
circa 45 items
Folder 13-14: Photocopies of newsclippings by and about Ford Madox Ford, 1907-1979Add to your cart.
Photocopies of newsclippings from Daily Mail, The Tribune, The Outlook, and others. circa 148 items
Series 3: Poem DraftAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Old Faith, No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph draft with corrections and revisions. By Ford Madox Hueffer in unidentified hand at close of poem. Single sheet folded, 2 pages
Series 4: Works by OthersAdd to your cart.
Consists of work by Luke Ionides. 3 items
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ionides, Luke. Memories, No dateAdd to your cart.

Number. 1. Whistler in the Quartier Latin. Appeared in Transatlantic Review, Volume 1, number 1, January 1924.

Typescript, 22 pages, numbered 29-33d, 34-45, with slight annotations by Ford. A portion of page 43 and pages 44-45 were not printed. First unnumbered page includes Ionides' prefactory statement, and instructions to the printer by Ford, with his initials.

Item 2: Ionides, Luke. Memories, No dateAdd to your cart.
Galley proof, corrected, with printer's marks. Incomplete; breaks off at page 48 as it appeared in the Transatlantice Review. Galleys dated 12 November 1923. Includes typed note on galley 2 [by Ford] about returning the proofs.
Folder 7: Ionides, Luke. Memories, No dateAdd to your cart.

Number. 2. William Morris and Richard Wagner. Appeared in Transatlantice Review, Volume 1, number 2, February 1924.

Typescript, 6 pages, numbered pages 76-81, with slight annotations by Ford.

Series 5: Newspaper Column, 1913-1915Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Consists of photocopies of Ford's column in The Outlook, 1913: July 5 - 1915: June 26Add to your cart.
Includes Literary Portraits, 1-71 and other special titles, circa 260 pages. Of particular interest are the items dated October 11, 1913 pertaining to Arnold Bennett and Ford's business methods, and the Dostoievsky piece, June 20, 1914 for its influence on Ford's work.
Series 6: Novel Draft, 1928Add to your cart.
Consists of A Little Less Than Gods
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: A Little Less Than Gods, 1928Add to your cart.

A romance novel. Bound in two volumes. Typescript, typescript carbon text, with corrections and revisions by Ford, circa 312 pages. Various paper, type, and carbon used throughout.

Volume I includes typescript carbon, corrected letter, used as Dedication, Part I. Chapters 1-5. Final page of manuscript, numbered page 302 is mistakenly bound in Volume I and is wrongly inserted. Inscription date at the end of page 302 varies from published version. In Ford's hand, reads: New York - 9th Jan. - Paris 4th Feb. - New York May 21st - July 11th 1928.

Volume II includes Part I, Chapter 6 - Part III L'Envoi, pages 117 and 23 of manuscript wrongly executed, being backward carbons only.

Text shows original title to have been Demi-Gods, and Less Than the Gods.