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Archives related to: Ford, Gordon Lester, 1823-1891

titleGordon Lester Ford papers, 1828-1889.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection title Correspondence, business records and printed material primarily relating to activities of the Brooklyn Art Association.

REELS N13-N17: Letters from American artists and others; business records; and printed matter relating to the Brooklyn Art Association. Many of the letters are addressed to H.R. Latimer, a curator at the Association, regarding exhibitions, receipt and return of work, etc.

REEL N25: Publications, clippings, correspondence, etc. about planning a World's Fair in New York celebrating the centennial of George Washington's inauguration, 1889.
extent3500 items (on 6 microfilm reels) reels N13-N17 & N25 (frames 1171-1368)
formatsCorrespondence Business Records Clippings Printed Materials
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
finding aidList of correspondents available at AAA offices, filed New York Public Library, Manuscript Division.
acquisition informationMicrofilmed 1956 by the Archives of American Art with other art-related papers in the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library. Included in the microfilming project were selected papers of the Art Division and the Prints Division.
updated02/07/2020 18:19:36
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titleGordon Lester Ford papers, 1830-1910, bulk (1850-1869) (MssCol 1040)
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleThe bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, legal and business papers and account books. General correspondence, 1842-1893, which includes in-coming letters and drafts and letterbooks of out-going letters, reflects Ford's activities as a lawyer and businessman, his real estate and railroad investments, his government service, and his autograph collecting.

Family correspondence, 1830-1910, contains Ford's correspondence with his parents, wife (Emily Ellsworth Ford), brothers and sisters, children, and various members of his mother's family, the Burnhams. Legal papers, 1837-1893, include case records, letterbook, law diaries, and law ledgers.

Business papers, 1839-1891, include insurance papers, accounts, bills and receipts, promissory notes, and indentures. Account books, 1844-1892, consist of ledgers reflecting Ford's legal and business transactions and accounts with various people including family members. There are also papers, 1863-1871, concerning his internal revenue position and the Brooklyn Daily Union, in addition to miscellaneous papers which include membership certificates, invitations, calling cards, and printed ephemera.
Restricted Apply in Special Collections Office for admission to the Manuscripts and Archives Division.

Note
Letters from American artists and others, business records, and printed matter; and publications, clippings, correspondence, etc. about planning a World's Fair in New York celebrating the centennial of George Washington's inauguration were microfilmed in 1956 by the Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.; RLIN ID#DCAW40752X-A.

extent11 linear feet (24 boxes).
formatsCorrespondence Business Records Legal Records Clippings Diaries
accessApply in Special Collections Office for admission to the Manuscripts and Archives Division.
record linkhttp://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/archivalcollections/pdf/fordg.pdf
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b11635595~S1
finding aidCollection guide available in repository and on internet: http://catnyp.nypl.org/search?/.b2669566/.b2669566/1,1,1,B/l856~b2669566&FF=&1,0,,1,0
acquisition informationRecieved from the family of Gordon L Ford, 1902.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:50
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