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INVENTORY OF THE CHARLES HENRI FORD PAPERS, 1906-1989, bulk 1939-1989
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Series I.  Correspondence, 1906-1989

Scope and Content Note

The files contain letters from Charles Henri Ford and Pavel Tchelitchew, and to them from their friends, primarily fellow artists, and writers. The letters detail the business, creative, and personal activities of Ford and his circle of friends from 1920-1989. Included are some works of mail art (particularly in the 1980s) from Ronnie Burk, John Chick, Buster Cleveland, Ira Cohen, Jerry Dreva, Paul Grillo, Ted Joans, Ray Johnson, and Valery Oisteanu.
Letters from Ford to his parents detail his travels, news about Pavel and other friends, and the success of his novel, The Young and evil. He discusses his readings and his opinions of specific artists and writers. Letters from his sister, Ruth Ford, are written in a diary-like style and keep her brother abreast of her social interactions with, and frank opinions about an extensive circle of literary, artistic and theatrical figures, including Djuna Barnes, Cecil Beaton, Robert Clairmont, Jean Cocteau, and Parker Tyler. She also details her personal life, impresses Ford with the importance of a network of influential friends and urges him to keep his finances in order. Letters to and from writers and artists provide rich details of creative ventures, opinions and personal events. Matta includes a set of illustrated notes. Stan Brakhage writes of his ideas about film.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically, except for a segment of letters that Ford kept in alphabetical order during the years, ca. 1933 to 1984. One folder contains letters addressed to Pavel Tchelitchew.
Box 1, Folder 1

Postcards, 1906-1919

Physical Description: 22 items

Scope and Content Note

Picture (kitschy) postcards, addressed to Florine Chomeaux, Edward Chomeaux, Gladys
Gilgar, and M. Sullivan from unidentified correspondents
Box 1, Folder 2

Postcards to Pavel Tchelitchew, 1920-1929

Physical Description: 4 items
Box 1, Folder 3

1930-1939

Physical Description: 32 items

Scope and Content Note

3 letters from Ford, a telegram to Tchelitchew from Orson Wells, copy of letter to Ruth Ford from Donald Sutherland (about Ford), 1 letter to Tchelitchew from the U.S. INS (1937), 10 postcards to Tchelitchew, 13 postcards to Ford, 2 postcards addressed to Blue magazine, 1 blank postcard
Box 1, Folder 4

1940-1949

Physical Description: ca. 18 items

Scope and Content Note

7 postcards to Ford, 4 postcards addressed to others, letter and legal documents from Morris Fish (attorney) to Ford and Tchelitchew, telegram to Tchelitchew, carbon of letter from Gertrude Ford, birthday greeting card addressed to Ruth, “Baby” and “Shelley.”
Box 1, Folder 5

1950-1952

Physical Description: ca. 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters, postcards and telegrams to Ford and Tchelitchew, from Stella, Choura Zaoussailoff, Ruth Ford and Zachery Scott, Gertrude Ford and others. 2 letters (carbon copies) from Tchelitchew.
Box 1, Folder 6

1953-1955

Physical Description: 22 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters and postcards to Ford and Tchelitchew, include holiday greetings, come hand-made, and 3 draft letters, 2 from Tchelitchew, 1 from Ford.
Box 1, Folder 7

1954

Physical Description: 18 items

Scope and Content Note

correspondence between Kato Gondhi and Stephen Spender ( Encounter magazine); 2 letters to Botteghe Oscure from Gondhi.
Box 1, Folder 8

1956

Physical Description: 36 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters, postcards, telegram, notes and holiday greetings to Ford and Tchelitchew from various, including Ruth Ford, Zachery Scott, Leonore Fini, “Tania” Blixon, Edouard Roditi. Most of the letters are from Andrew Tagliabue.
Box 1, Folder 9

1957

Physical Description: ca. 28 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters and holiday cards to Tchelitchew and Ford. 1 telegram from Tchelitchew to Ford; letter from Kirk Askew and 8 sheets (dated 1954-1957) listing Durlacher Bros. account with Tchelitchew for his paintings.
Box 1, Folder 10

Letters to Pavel Tchelitchev, Rome, June-July, 1957

Physical Description: ca. 30 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters from friends, most concerned about his health, including from Ruth Ford, Kirk Askew; 1 photograph of young boy; 1 very small envelope (mail art?) stamped “Pasta's parrot” contains 3 small objects. Includes hospital bills, bank book.
Box 1, Folder 11

Condolence cables, 1957

Physical Description: 12 items

Scope and Content Note

Telegrams from Ford and Choura Zaisailoff to friends, reporting Tchelitchew's death. Most are typed copies.
Box 1, Folder 12

Letters and Christmas cards, 1958-1959

Physical Description: 20 items

Scope and Content Note

2 letters from Ford (carbon copies), 1 to his sister; 18 holiday cards sent to Ford.
Box 1, Folder 13

1960-1967

Physical Description: 15 items

Scope and Content Note

Letters and cards to Ford; letters between Zachery Scott (acting in Ford's behalf) and Brown University, and University of Texas, Austin about those libraries acquiring Ford's letters.
Box 1, Folder 14

1968

Physical Description: 11 items

Scope and Content Note

Most letters between Ford and his banks, 1 postcard; one note from Ruth Ford to Susan Sontag, marked “not sent.” 11 items
Box 1, Folder 15

1969

Physical Description: 24 items

Scope and Content Note

Business and financial business in letters between Ford and his banks; some letters from friends, publishers.
Box 1, Folder 16

1970

Physical Description: 34 items

Scope and Content Note

Most letters (carbon copies) between Frosch (attorney) and Ford, Ruth Ford and other attorneys about legal implications of Ford's plan to marry a Greek woman; short notes between Ford (“Bubu”) and Ruth (“Sis”).
Box 1, Folder 17

Letters, 1971

Physical Description: ca. 23 items

Scope and Content Note

Holiday cards and letters to Ford; some correspondence with his sister Ruth.
Box 2, Folder 1

1972

Box 2, Folder 2

January-May 1973

Box 2, Folder 3

June-July 1973

Box 2, Folder 4

August-October 1873

Box 2, Folder 5

November, December 1973?

Box 2, Folder 6

January-February 1974

Box 2, Folder 7

March-April 1974

Box 2, Folder 8

May-June 1974

Box 2, Folder 9

July-October 1974

Box 2, Folder 10

1974

Box 2, Folder 11

November-December 1974

Box 2, Folder 12

January-April 1975

Box 2, Folder 13

May-August 1975

Box 3, Folder 1

1975

Box 3, Folder 2

September-December 1975

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence between Ford and the American Advisory Service, 1975-1977

Box 3, Folder 4

January-February 1976

Box 3, Folder 5

March 1976

Box 3, Folder 6

April-May 1976

Box 3, Folder 7

June-September 1976

Box 3, Folder 8

October 1976

Box 3, Folder 9

November 1976

Box 3, Folder 10

December 1976

Box 3, Folder 11

1976

Box 3, Folder 12

January 1977

Box 3, Folder 13

February 1977

Box 3, Folder 14

March-May 1977

Box 3, Folder 15

June-September 1977

Box 4, Folder 1

October-December 1977

Box 4, Folder 2

1977

Box 4, Folder 3

Letters to Jesse and Suzy Brandt, 1977

Box 4, Folder 4

January 1978

Box 4, Folder 5

February 1978

Box 4, Folder 6

March 1978

Box 4, Folder 7

April 1978

Box 4, Folder 8

May 1978

Box 4, Folder 9

June 1978

Box 4, Folder 10

July 1978

Box 4, Folder 11

August 1978

Box 4, Folder 12

September 1978

Box 4, Folder 13

October 1978

Box 5, Folder 1

November 1978

Box 5, Folder 2

December 1978

Box 5, Folder 3

1978

Box 5, Folder 4

January 1979

Box 5, Folder 5

February-March 1979

Box 5, Folder 6

April-November 1979

Box 5, Folder 7

December 1979

Box 5, Folder 7

1979

Box 5, Folder 8

January-May 1980

Box 5, Folder 9

June-August 1980

Box 5, Folder 10

September-November 1980

Box 5, Folder 11

December 1980

Box 5, Folder 11

1980

Box 6, Folder 1

Letters, January-March 1981

Box 6, Folder 2

Letters, April-May 1981

Box 6, Folder 3

June-July 1981

Box 6, Folder 4

August-September 1981

Box 6, Folder 5

October-December 1981

Box 6, Folder 6

1981

Box 6, Folder 7

Letter from George-Thérèse Dickenson, 1981

Scope and Content Note

Contains small glass jar of frankincense inside a green stocking.
Box 6, Folder 8

January-February 1982

Box 6, Folder 9

March-September 1982

Box 6, Folder 10

October-December 1982

Box 6, Folder 10

1982

Box 6, Folder 11

Correspondence and receipts regarding Ford, Ruth Ford, and Sotheby's, 1982

Box 7, Folder 1

January-August 1983

Box 7, Folder 2

September-November 1983

Box 7, Folder 3

December 1983

Box 7, Folder 3

1983

Box 7, Folder 4

Letters in answer to a secretarial advertisement, Oct 1983

Box 7, Folder 5

January-February 1984

Box 7, Folder 6

March-June 1984

Box 7, Folder 7

July-September 1984

Box 7, Folder 8

October 1984

Box 7, Folder 9

November 1984

Box 7, Folder 10

December 1984

Box 7, Folder 11

1984

Box 7, Folder 12

Letter from Byron Black, Oct 1984

Scope and Content Note

Contains mail art, including used typewriter ribbon inside plastic box.
Box 8, Folder 1

January-February 1985

Box 8, Folder 2

March-August 1985

Box 8, Folder 3

September-November 1985

Box 8, Folder 4

December 1985

Box 8, Folder 4

1985

Box 8, Folder 5

Correspondence and receipts between Ford and Sotheby's, 1985

Box 8, Folder 6

January-February 1986

Box 8, Folder 7

March-April 1986

Box 8, Folder 8

May 1986

Box 8, Folder 9

June 1986

Box 8, Folder 10

July-December 1986

Box 8, Folder 11

1986

Box 8, Folder 12

Letter from Ronnie Burk, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Contains mail art, including two small packets of perfumed Dhoop sticks.
Box 9, Folder 1

1987

Box 9, Folder 2

1988

Box 9, Folder 3

1989

Box 9, Folder 4-6

undated

Box 10-14, 77*

Letters filed alphabetically, A-Z

Box 10, Folder 1

A

Box 10, Folder 2-4

B

Box 10, Folder 5-6

C

Box 10, Folder 7

D

Box 11, Folder 1

E

Box 11, Folder 2-3

Letters from Ruth Elizabeth Ford

Box 11, Folder 4-9

F

Box 12, Folder 1-4

Letters from Mrs. Gertrude Ford

Box 12, Folder 5

Letters from Jane Ford

Box 12, Folder 6-7

G

Box 12, Folder 8

H

Box 12, Folder 9

I

Box 12, Folder 10-12

J

Box 13, Folder 1

K

Box 13, Folder 2

L

Box 13, Folder 3

Matta

Box 13, Folder 4-6

M

Box 13, Folder 7

N

Box 13, Folder 8

O

Box 13, Folder 9

P

Box 13, Folder 10

Q-R

Box 14, Folder 1-3

S

Box 14, Folder 4-5

T

Box 14, Folder 6

U-V

Box 14, Folder 7

W

Box 14, Folder 8

X-Z

Box 77*, Folder 5

Oversize letters, from alpha files

Flat file folder 1**

Oversize letters from alpha files

 

Series II.  Notebooks and datebooks, 1938-1986

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises Ford's notebooks, 1968-1986, which contain diary entries and drafts of his writings, and his datebooks, 1952-1986. Also included are nine of Pavel Tchelitchew's datebooks, 1938-1948.
 

Series IIA.  Notebooks, 1968-1986

Scope and Content Note

Ford used his notebooks as diaries, and also to record ideas and drafts of poems. Most of the notebooks include haiku that were later transcribed or re-worked for works such as Kathmandu experience. In the back of many of the notebooks are extensive vocabulary lists. The notebooks also include bibliographies, addresses, lists of things to do. The notebooks are dated, and frequently have notes written years later that show how he continually mined them for ideas and later literary works. Arranged in chronological order.
Box 15, Folder 1

3 notebooks, 1968-1972

Scope and Content Note

Jan-Mar 1968, New York (?). Oct-Nov, with note “Reread for Multiple Exposure, April 20, 1973.”
Box 15, Folder 2

3 notebooks, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Nov-Jan 1973: Kathmandu. Jan 1973, Nepalese notebook VI; with note: "gleaned 2nd time April 14, 1973 for Multiple Exposure." Jan-Mar 1973, Kathmandu; with notes (1973-1984) regarding transcribed sections, and rereading for Multiple Exposure.
Box 15, Folder 3

6 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1973

Box 16, Folder 1

5 notebooks, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu, Ceylon and Singapore, Bali and Bangkok, and Srinigar.
Box 16, Folder 2

2 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1973

Box 16, Folder 3

1 notebook, Kathmandu, 1973

Box 17, Folder 1

4 notebooks, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu and New York.
Box 17, Folder 2

1 notebook, Kathmandu, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Subtitled “Mysteries of Kathmandu.”
Box 17, Folder 3

1 notebook, Kathmandu, 1974

Box 18, Folder 1

1 notebook, Kathmandu, Feb - Jun 1974

Scope and Content Note

Includes monthly entries from 1973: transcriptions for autobiography; tentatively titled "Theater of the Meaningless" written over Multiple Exposures (large notebook).
Box 18, Folder 2

1 notebook, Kathmandu, Jun - Jul 1974

Box 19, Folder 1

6 notebooks Kathmandu, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Includes Collage Poems.
Box 19, Folder 2

2 notebooks, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Sep 1974 (date sealed) includes house furnishings inventory, expenses.
Oct 1974, Paris.
Box 19, Folder 4

2 notebooks, 1975-1977

Scope and Content Note

1975-1976, crossed out title: “Flesh tones.”
Box 20, Folder 1

2 notebooks, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Feb 1977, Kathmandu.
27 Feb 1977, “Vocabulary book” written on outer envelope.
Box 20, Folder 2

3 notebooks, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Note

Dec - Jan 1978, Goa; some entries date back to 1976.
Jan 1978, Goa (Baga Beach), India; includes notes on BLUES 10.
Feb - Mar 1978, Goa.
Box 20, Folder 3

3 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1978

Box 21, Folder 1

1 notebook, Kathmandu, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Jun - Sep 1978, includes “Counterparts: the mirror before the temple” crossed out title: “Time of the terrorists.”
Box 21, Folder 2

2 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Sep 1978, includes “Counterparts or, the mirror before the temple.”
Nov- Dec 1978, re-titled “The Kathmandu Experience” and includes “Notes for an exhibition: the Charles Henri Ford archive.”
Box 21, Folder 3

2 notebooks, 1978-1979

Scope and Content Note

India. Goa and Kathmandu; includes “In memory of Juan Belmonte.”
Box 21, Folder 4

3 notebooks, 1979-1980

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu, Vocabulary notebook, Chania, Greece, and Nepal.
Box 22, Folder 1

4 notebooks, 1980-1981

Scope and Content Note

Jul - Sep 1980, Kathmandu.
Sep 1980, Kathmandu; subtitled The Kathmandu Experience, with newspaper clippings.
Dec 1980 to Jan 1981, New York.
Jan - Mar 1981, Kathmandu.
Box 22, Folder 2

2 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1981

Box 22, Folder 3

1 notebook, Kathmandu, 1981

Box 23, Folder 1

4 notebooks, 1981-1983

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu, New York, Paris, and Chania.
Box 23, Folder 2

2 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1983-1984

Box 23, Folder 3

2 notebooks, Kathmandu, 1984

Box 24, Folder 1

3 notebooks, Kathmandu and Athens, 1984

Box 24, Folder 2

4 notebooks, 1984-1985

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu, Thailand, and Paris.
Box 24, Folder 3

3 notebooks, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Chania and Kathmandu
Box 25, Folder 1

4 notebooks, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Kathmandu, Sri Lanka, Paris.
 

Series IIB.  Datebooks, 1938-1986

Scope and Content Note

Ford's datebooks (agendas) date from 1952-1986, with some years incomplete or missing. In general they provide a running account of Ford's social and business activities. He chronicles his appointments, birthdays, shopping lists, visits, travels, and Indra's appointments and debts, but makes few references to his artistic endeavors. Notations at the front and back of the books include expense accounts, medication directions, addresses. A few of the datebooks from 1956-1960 contain newspaper rental listings that he evidently investigated as financial investments. Arranged in chronological order. Also included are Pavel Tchelitchew's datebooks from 1938-1948.
Box 26, Folder 1

Connecticut 1952

Box 26, Folder 2

Paris and Italy 1953

Box 26, Folder 3

Paris and Italy 1954

Box 26, Folder 4

Paris 1955 Jan - March

Box 26, Folder 5

Paris and ? 1956

Scope and Content Note

Book is for 1953, but re-dated entries for 1956 Paris. Filled with newspaper clippings of rentals.
Box 26, Folder 6

Paris 1957 July - Sept

Scope and Content Note

Oct 4 to Nov 15;, additional entries for October (no year), notes and clippings.
Box 26, Folder 7

Paris 1958 July - Sept

Box 26, Folder 8

Paris 1960

Scope and Content Note

Jan - Jun contains rental listings from newspapers
Box 26, Folder 9

Greece (?) 1968

Box 26, Folder 10

1969

Box 27, Folder 1

Kathmandu (?) 1972, April 20, 1973

Box 27, Folder 2

1973

Box 27, Folder 3

New York (?) 1974

Box 27, Folder 4

New York 1975

Box 27, Folder 5

New York, Crete, Nepal 1976

Box 27, Folder 6

1977

Box 27, Folder 7

Greece 1979

Box 27, Folder 8

New York 1979-1980

Scope and Content Note

Calendar used from Oct 1979 to Jan 1980.
Box 28, Folder 1

1980

Box 28, Folder 2

1980

Box 28, Folder 3

1980

Scope and Content Note

Hardly used gift from sister.
Box 28, Folder 4

New York 1981-1982 (2 books)

Scope and Content Note

Three books, two for 1981.
Box 28, Folder 5

Paris (?) and New York (?) 1983-1986

Scope and Content Note

Paris, 1983; New York, 1984-1986.
Box 29

Pavel Tchelitchew's datebooks, 1938-1948

Box 29, Folder 1

1938-1939

Box 29, Folder 2

1940

Box 29, Folder 3

1941

Box 29, Folder 4

1942

Box 29, Folder 5

1943

Box 29, Folder 6

1944-1945

Box 29, Folder 7

1946

Box 29, Folder 8

1947

Box 29, Folder 9

1948

 

Series III.  Ford's manuscripts, 1933-1986

Scope and Content Note

Fords manuscripts in various stages of revision. Arranged by titles, and type of manuscript.
 

Series IIIA.  Manuscripts with distinct titles, 1933-1985

Scope and Content Note

Subseries contains clearly titled manuscripts and collected notes for drafts of manuscripts, in various stages of revision. Some of the manuscripts have other, crossed-out, titles on them. Arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Box 30

Manuscripts B-D

Box 30, Folder 1

“The Bird and the cat,” 1952

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript with many corrections; folder contains notes and script. Related in subject to the manuscript “One of the thirty-six”; one page is dated 1952.
Box 30, Folder 2

“The Charles Henri Ford experience: an autobiography,” 1974 (?)

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections. Originally titled, “Intimate images” (crossed out on first p.). See “The Kathmandu experience” for similar and related material.
Box 30, Folder 3-5

“Confessions of a freak,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 30, Folder 6-7

“Culture clash,” 1978 (?)

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and manuscripts with corrections.
Box 30, Folder 8

“Diary of a decade,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of typescript with corrections. The decade described is 1948-1957.
Many pages are missing.
Box 30, Folder 9

“Diary of a decade,” undated

Scope and Content Note

photocopies, illustrations with publication and identification notes.
Box 31

Manuscripts D-I

Box 31, Folder 1

“Distilled birthmarks,” 1973

Scope and Content Note

manuscript with corrections.
Box 31, Folder 2

“Distilled birthmarks” I

Box 31, Folder 3

“Distilled birthmarks” II

Box 31, Folder 4

“Distilled birthmarks,” recopied from I and II

Box 31, Folder 5

“Drawings,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections. Note on outer envelope: “first drafts and mms poems, sealed 20 Aug 1985.”
Box 31, Folder 6

“Golden dice in the fountain: an oriental idyll,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied typescript with extensive revisions.
Box 31, Folder 7

“Ideas and events,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor revisions.
Box 31, Folder 8-9

“The Innocent sleep: a play in three acts,” 194?

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of final draft without corrections. 2 copies. Alternate title listed on one copy: “Time is a dream.”
Box 31, Folder 10

Interview tapes with Ira Cohen: conversations with Charles Henri Ford, Kathmandu, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Audio cassette tapes of interview to be published in Gay Sunshine: a journal of gay liberation , no. 24, Spring 1975.
Box 32, Folder 1

“Interview with Charles Henri Ford" by Lynne Tillman and Clive Phillpot, 22 Oct 1980

Scope and Content Note

Typescript.
Box 32, Folder 2

“The Irresponsibles,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of play with extensive revisions. Original title on first page is crossed out: “No Thanks for Love: a serious comedy.”
Box 32, Folder 3

“Johnny Minotaur,” 1967-1969

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript notes, including notes for a scenario, technical notes.
Box 32, Folder 4

“The Kathmandu experience,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with extensive revisions. With several crossed out titles. See also “The Charles Henri Ford experience: an autobiography” for related material.
Box 32, Folder 5

“The Labyrinth,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript.
Box 32, Folder 6-9

“Labyrinth of Baudelaire,” 1952

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and manuscripts with many corrections. See also “What about Poetry and other notations including a paper on Baudelaire” for related material.
Box 33, Folder 1-4

“Life of a Child,” 1933-1934

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 33, Folder 5

“Maura,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 33, Folder 6-7

“Night is my mother,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of final draft. 2 copies.
Box 33, Folder 8-11

“Nora's Novel (Mississippi),” 1933 (?)

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript with corrections.
Box 33, Folder 12

“Om Krishna,” 1977

Scope and Content Note

Note on outer envelope: “Aileen's typing from my final draft. Phase III XVI missing (insert inserted), 1977.”
Box 34, Folder 1-2

“Om Krishna,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with corrections. With added and crossed out titles: “Book One: Distilled birthmarks,” and “Special effects.”
Box 34, Folder 3

“Om Krishna I: Special effects,” pp. 81-133, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 34, Folder 4

“Om Krishna I: Special effects,” pp. 81-86, 88-133, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of above typescript.
Box 34, Folder 5

“Om Krishna III: Secret haiku,” 1984 or 1986

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections, and notes about publication.
Box 34, Folder 6-9

“One of the thirty-six: a dramatist's notebook,” 1951-1954

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscripts with many corrections. Includes notes, clipping, drafts of story in prose, scenario and script form. See also “The Bird and the cat.”
Box 35, Folder 1-4

“Playback,” 1980

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts and typescripts with extensive revisions. Also notes, scenarios and scripts for play. Most complete typescripts are in folders 3 and 4.
Box 35, Folder 5

“Poe,” 1952

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript with corrections. Includes notes and scenario for play.
Box 35, Folder 6-9

“The Poet in Kathmandu: an oriental idyll,” 1981 (?)

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with extensive revisions. See also “The Kathmandu experience”
Box 35, Folder 10-11

“The Poet in Kathmandu: an oriental idyll,” incomplete

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of typescript with “cut and paste” corrections, only pp. 65-184.
Box 35, Folder 13

“Poetry postcards, series 3,” 1985

Scope and Content Note

Set of postcards published by the Alternative Press, 1985, and including “Eight Words” by C.H. Ford.
Box 35, Folder 14

“Portrait of the artist as a young whore,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript with many corrections.
Box 36, Folder 1-2

“Sacred athlete,” related poems and notes, 1950-1951

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript with many corrections. Includes notes, including plans for a play. Five different titles written at the top of various pages.
Box 36, Folder 3-12

“Silver flower coo,” 1968

Scope and Content Note

Typographical composition of collaged printed fragments, with notes for publication. Note on outer envelope: “Ford original paste-ups for Silver Flower Coo; for Archives II; Sealed March 31, 1968.”
Box 37, Folder 1-2

“Special effects,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with many corrections. “Sealed November 23, 1971.”
Box 37, Folder 3

“Street of stairs” (out-take), undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 37, Folder 4

“Theater of the Meaningless,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with corrections.
Box 37, Folder 5

“To be: an autobiographical sketchbook,” undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections.
Box 37, Folder 6

Untitled play, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with extensive revisions.
Box 37, Folder 7-9

“What about Poetry and other notations, including a paper on Baudelaire,” 1952

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with minor corrections. Includes: “From a record of myself,” and “The Labyrinth of Baudelaire. See also Box 32, f. 6-9 for related material.
 

Series IIIB.  Haiku and Imprints (I-IV)

Scope and Content Note

Material related to Ford's collaborative work with Reepak Shakya on the collection of Ford's haiku entitled Haiku & Imprints (I-IV). The subseries contains material from various stages of production, including original paste-ups of text, hand-colored copies of Reepak's collages and his silhouette cut-outs, as well as the 2 of the finished books. See also Works of art series for possibly related material.
Box 38, Folder 1

Haiku & Imprints I, and Haiku & Imprints II, 1984-1985

Scope and Content Note

With collage prints by Reepak Shakya. Kathmandu, Nepal: An Operation Minotaur Manifestation.
Box 38, Folder 2

Reepak collage postcards with Ford haiku, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notebook containing hand-colored, photocopied collages glued to postcards and set on pages opposite Ford's haikus.
Box 38, Folder 3

OM postcardiograms, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Printed and hand-colored postcards of Reepak Shakya's collages. Note on outer envelope indicates these are from First series, set of 20.
Box 38, Folder 4

Enlarged collaged prints, undated

Scope and Content Note

Hand-colored and enlarged from Haiku & Imprints.
Box 38, Folder 5

Haiku with collages, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of haiku juxtaposed and integrated with hand-colored collages (by Reepak Shakya?).
Box 38, Folder 6

Haiku by Ford and collages by Reepak Shakya, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies (some hand-colored) of signed and dated collages juxtaposed with haiku.
Box 38, Folder 7

Reepak collages, Ford haiku, undated

Scope and Content Note

Hand-colored photocopies of collages glued to graph paper, and photocopies of haiku
Box 38, Folder 8

For Reepak to color, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of collages, some juxtaposed with haiku
Box 38, Folder 9-11

Collages I, undated

Scope and Content Note

Original, hand-colored collages by Reepak Shakya with some photocopies of haiku in typographic compositions; and original collages for VIEW.
Box 38, Folder 12-13

Collages II, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Original hand-colored collages by Reepak Shakya juxtaposed with haiku.
Box 38, Folder 14

Collages III, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Original collages by Reepak Shakya juxtaposed with haiku.
Box 39, Folder 1-2

Final production materials, undated

Scope and Content Note

Include original collages at scale of final publication, title pages (including for Public haiku and Operation Minotaur), photocopies, collages, photographs, colophons.
Box 39, Folder 3

Production materials, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes title pages, haiku and silhouette imprint proofs.
Box 39, Folder 4

Watercolor prints, undated

Scope and Content Note

Proofs of the silhouette prints, one hand-colored photocopy, 2 geometric watercolor designs
Box 39, Folder 5-7

Imprint proofs, 1984

Scope and Content Note

2 envelopes and one notebook of proofs of the silhouette imprints. Envelopes are labeled: “ 1984 Imprint proofs (rejects)” and “ 1984 Imprints (reserve) framing possibilities.”
Box 40, Folder 1-6

Silhouette Imprints, undated

Scope and Content Note

Silhouette imprints of cut-out, symmetrical designs used in the printing of pages between the text, also preliminary designs and printing examples.
Box 41

Production materials, undated

Box 41, Folder 1-2

Silhouette imprints

Box 41, Folder 3-4

Printed sheets

Box 41, Folder 5

Blank sheets of paper

Scope and Content Note

Samples of paper used for final production.
Box 41, Folder 6

Binding boards

Scope and Content Note

Made of handmade papers tie-dyed and produced by Bhagtapur Decorative Paper Products, Bhagtapur, Nepal.
 

Series IIIC.  Haiku

Scope and Content Note

Subseries contains haiku written by Charles Henri Ford, ranging from transcriptions from Ford's notebooks, to collections prepared for publication. The status of these works is unclear; some may be drafts, others appear to have been culled from completed works for other publications. Many files include annotations and notes by Ford, some of which signal his intentions for these manuscripts. Titles are descriptive, or taken from Ford's folder labels. Arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Box 42

Haiku manuscripts, undated

Box 42, Folder 1

Caption haiku for the Advocate

Scope and Content Note

Typescript.
Box 42, Folder 2

Erotika Asiatica: a haiku testament

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with corrections, first draft. With note: “Haiku (Literati to be extracted).”
Box 42, Folder 3-7

Haiku, folder 1

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of haiku in various stages of being cut and pasted. Annotated.
Box 42, Folder 8

Haiku, folder 2

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and manuscripts of haiku.
Box 42, Folder 9-13

Haiku transcriptions

Scope and Content Note

Haiku transcribed from Ford's notebooks, with corrections.
Box 43

Haiku manuscripts, ca. 1972-1986

Box 43, Folder 1-3

Emblems of Arachne, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of haiku with corrections.
Box 43, Folder 4-5

Haikus and Secret haikus, 1972-1973, 1977-1978

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript, with crossed out titles: Haikus from a diary; Haikus for Indra; Upsidedown butterfly.
Box 43, Folder 6

Handshakes from heaven II, folder I, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of haikus used for Handshakes from Heaven II, in various stages of being cut, glued and photocopied.
Box 43, Folder 7

Handshakes from heaven II, folder II, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of haikus used for Handshakes from Heaven II. Note on envelope: 18.ii.86 next-to-last drafts of haiku for Indra's photographs.
Box 43, Folder 8-10

The Literati: a haiku commentary, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of poems.
Box 43, Folder 11-14

Par Hasard: jeu de mots et d'images, 1983

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Ford's haiku juxtaposed against photographs by Indra Tamang. Also preparatory material: photocopies, title pages, haiku collaged on graph paper and clippings from magazines and newspapers used as source material for collage haiku.
Box 43, Folder 15

Public haiku, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of collages and haiku, with a note about sending duplicates to the Advocate; Included is one collage with “View” at top.
Box 43, Folder 16

Public haiku, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Reepak Shakya's collages with one of Ford's haiku glued to page. Note on envelope about sending photocopies to the Advocate, 16 Nov 1984.
Box 43, Folder 17

Silk Purses, undated

Scope and Content Note

Signed originals of haiku glued onto hand-colored, photocopied collages by Reepak Shakya.
Box 43, Folder 18

Silk Purses, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of haiku.
 

Series IIID.  Drafts of poems, ca. 1973-1985

Scope and Content Note

Subseries comprises drafts of poems, many in single sheets. Titles are descriptive or taken from Ford's original folder. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 44

Manuscripts of poems, ca. 1973-1985

Box 44, Folder 1

The End of the world is beautiful today, not after 1985

Scope and Content Note

Typescript of collection of poems with minor collections. With note: first drafts and MSS poems, sealed 20 Aug 1985.
Box 44, Folder 2-4

Poems: duplicates; typed poems for Book II and first typed drafts, undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts and typescripts of poetry with revisions. Poems include: “Happy landing for Jonathan Williams” and “Om Krishna: a tetrology”.
Box 44, Folder 5

Poems, first drafts, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Two manuscript notebooks contain numerous poems, vocabulary lists, some journal entries and travel plans.
Box 44, Folder 6

Poems, first drafts, 1976

Scope and Content Note

Notebook contains manuscript poems, dated 23 Aug 1976 to 11 Nov 1976, vocabulary lists and notes. Cover title of notebook: Cahier of Vocabularies and First drafts, 1976. Note on inside cover regards Ford's plan for the poems. Various titles are listed in back pages: “Operation Minotaur,” “Distilled birthmarks,” “Lizard under the curtain,” “Sausages,” and “Last will and testament.”
Box 44, Folder 7

Poems: some first drafts (Kathmandu), undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript with revisions. Includes poems under the following titles: “Special effects (for Parker Tyler),” “Distilled birthmarks,” “Distant lightning,” “Jonquils of propinquity for Henry James,” and “In search of the indescribable mirages in a labyrinth.”
Box 44, Folder 8

Poetry reading, Chicago, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of typescripts with annotations regarding reading.
Box 44, Folder 9

Selected poems, folder I, ca. 1938-1964

Scope and Content Note

Typescript. Note on envelope: First drafts and mss poems, sealed 20 Aug 1985. Includes: from The garden of disorder and other poems , 1938; ABC's, 1940; “Ballad for Baudelaire” from The Mirror of Baudelaire, 1942; poems from The Overturned lake, 1941; poems from Sleep in a nest of flames, 1949; Uncollected poems, 1949-1964
Box 44, Folder 10

Selected poems, folder II, 1976, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and manuscripts with minor corrections. Includes: “Serenade to Leonore,” “Plaint,” “The Overturned lake,” “Five elegies,” “Bringing culture to Buffalo,” “Enshrined,” “Untitled,” 1976.
Box 44, Folder 11

Selected poems, folder III, undated

Scope and Content Note

Ca. 28 typescripts and manuscripts, various titles
 

Series IIIE.  Notes on poems, ca. 1945-ca. 1985

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains sheets with titles and notes, although the relationship of the notes to the poem titles is ambiguous due to Ford's repeated changes. Files also contain supportive materials, such as vocabulary lists, review clippings and notes for illustrations. Titles are descriptive or taken from Ford's original folder labels. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 45

Notes, ca. 1945-ca. 1985

Box 45, Folder 1-2

Miscellaneous notes I, 1950, undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescript and manuscript notes on Baudelaire, with corrections. Titles at the tops of many pages, such as: “Notes on Labyrinth - Imagery for chapter V”; “The Mirror of Baudelaire”; “Notes on Le Spleen de Paris”; “Phoenix sun”; “Notes (7/26/1950) Sun and Sea.”
Box 45, Folder 3

Miscellaneous notes II, undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript and typescript notes with corrections refer to a number of works in various stages in their production, including: “Johnny Minotaur,” “Distilled birthmarks,” “Mirages in a labyrinth,” “Om Krishna,” “Haiku,” “A Text,” “The Kathmandu experience,” “Silk purses,” “Secret haiku,” “The book of hidden lights,” and others.
Box 45, Folder 4

Notebook: poems first drafts and vocabulary, 1976

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript includes poems, vocabulary lists and notes, beginning 11/13/1976. Notes under titles: “Om Krishna,” and “Lizard behind the curtain.”
Box 45, Folder 5-6

Poems: imperfect copies, undated

Scope and Content Note

Poems date from before 1985. Typescripts and manuscripts of poems and notes, with corrections. With note: sealed Aug. 20, 1985 .
Box 45, Folder 7

Mss poems for archive II (copied), undated

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and manuscripts of poems and notes, with corrections. With note: sealed Aug. 20, 1985.
Box 45, Folder 8

Mississippi notes and re-copied material, undated (before 1980)

Scope and Content Note

Notes, seemingly taken from reviews, along with vocabulary lists, notes on works, recopied rough drafts and lists of titles. Note on cover: Sealed for archive II, 22.ix.80.
Box 45, Folder 9

Notes for illustrations, undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript notes about covers for Water from a bucket, View (magazine) and ABC's.
Box 45, Folder 10

Notes on poems, 1945

Scope and Content Note

Notebook contains manuscript notes on various poems. Notes on cover: “Prelude {\#}1 to Volume I,” and “For Yale University Library: to be sealed until 2000 A.D.”
Box 45, Folder 11

Notes on poems, 1946-1947

Scope and Content Note

Notebook with manuscript notes on various poems, and journal entries. Notes on cover: “School of existence - 1946-1947,” and “Prelude {\#}2 to Volume I.”
Box 45, Folder 12

Piero Tmar, 1954

Scope and Content Note

Notebook with manuscript notes, contains various titles: “Piero Tmar,” “A Life,” “Statues in the decor,” “Piero,” “The Last palace,” “The Voice of a man,” “A Guiding star.”
 

Series IV.  Works by others, ca. 1980s

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts and articles used Ford for his own reference, or sent to him for possible publication. Arranged in alphabetical order by author. Includes one translation by Ford, one interview with him, and one mss. about him. See also Series VIII for other material about Ford.
Box 46, Folder 1

Baudelaire, Charles. A Voyage to Cytherea.

Scope and Content Note

Translation by Charles Henri Ford.
Box 46, Folder 2

Bell, Millicent, “Henry James: the man who lived”

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of article from Massachusetts Review.
Box 46, Folder 3

Bell, Millicent, “Virginia Woolf now,”

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of article from Massachusetts Review.
Box 46, Folder 4

Boultenhouse, Charles. “Parker Tyler's own scandal”

Scope and Content Note

Typescript, pp. 35-42 and table of contents.
Box 46, Folder 5

Coleman, E.H. “An essay on Nightwood”

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of typescript from University of Maryland, College Park, with editorial corrections throughout, possibly by Djuna Barnes. The text includes notes on other authors. Note on envelope: “Xerox - 34 pp - regarding Djuna Barnes piece submitted to View mag.”
Box 46, Folder 6

Gorer, Geoffrey, “Tchelitchew”

Scope and Content Note

Typescript.
Box 46, Folder 7

Milinaire, Caterine, “High season in Goa: Caterine Milinaire interviews Charles Henri Ford”

Scope and Content Note

Typescript with corrections.
Box 46, Folder 8

Rood, Karen, “Entry on Charles Henri Ford for Dictionary of Literary Biography , vol. 48: “American Poets 1880-1945,” 1986

Scope and Content Note

Typescript contains bibliography and extensive biography.
Box 46, Folder 9

Rood, Karen, “Entry on Charles Henri Ford for Dictionary of Literary Biography , vol. 48: American Poets, 1880-1945,” (revised copy) 1986

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of transcript, with revision notes.
Box 46, Folder 10-11

Sartre, Jean Paul, “The Respectful prostitute”

Scope and Content Note

Also translated as the “Deferential whore,” adapted from the French by Lionel Abel.
2 typescripts of the play, with many corrections.
Box 46, Folder 12

Tillman, Lynne, “Coming of Age in Xania”

Box 46, Folder 13

Various authors, Alternative Press Postcards

Box 46, Folder 14

Various authors, poems, folder I

Scope and Content Note

Typescript poems submitted to Ford for publication. Works from: Valery Oisteanu (1); Gerard Malanga (10); Anne Waldman (2); Lynne Tillman (1); Andrei Codrescu (2); Robert Press (1); Jay Leyda (1); Harold Norse (1); James David Landis (1).
Box 46, Folder 15

Various authors, poems, folder II

Scope and Content Note

Typescript poems, probably submitted to Ford for publication. Works by: Ron Padgett (3); Tom Weigel (6); Angela Dryden (9).
Box 46, Folder 16

Various authors, poems, folder III

Scope and Content Note

Typescript poems, probably submitted to Ford for publication. Works by: Bob Lovit; Ira Cohen; W.-C. Stickney; Parker Tyler; Indra Tamang; Gerard Malanga; Tom Weigel; Ronnie Burk; Carlos; Dana; G.T. Dickenson; Ted Joans; John Wilness; Ted Berrigan; Andrej Codrescu; Margot; Angela Dryden.
 

Series V.  Blues 10, 1978-1989

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and literary manuscripts related to Blues 10, the tenth issue of the literary journal first published by Ford as Blues: a magazine of new rhythms, in Columbia, Missouri, 1929-1930 (vol. 1-vol. 2, no. 9). Blues 10 was published in 1989 as Unmuzzled ox, vol. 12, no. 4 (no. 26).
Box 47

Letters from poets and writers, 1978-1979

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Bennett, Will

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Bly, Robert

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Boultenhouse, Charles

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Bowles, Paul

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Burroughs, William S.

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Cohen, Ira

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Dickenson, George-Thérèse

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Farrell, James T.

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Garner, Sky

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Ginsberg, Allen

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Grillo, Paul

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Gurewitch, Morton

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Gysin, Brion

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Higgins, Dick

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Jaffe, Susan

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Jones, Ted

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Kostakis, Peter

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Kostelanetz, Richard

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Kowitt, Steve

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Norse, Harold

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Penzi, James

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Roditi, Edouard

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Rorem, Ned

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Sauer, Ronald F.

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Tavel, Ronald

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Thomson, Virgil

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Valaoritis, Nanos

Box 47, Folder 1-3

Waldman, Anne

Box 47, Folder 4

Blues 10 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Photographs (b/w) of Mark Mendel word piece.
Box 47, Folder 5

Blues 10 - manuscripts of works published

Scope and Content Note

Works and or letters from: R.F. Sauer, John Digby, Ben Maddow, Ira Cohen, Paul Grillo, Bill Wolak, Tom Peterson, Valery Oisteanu.
Box 47, Folder 6

Rejected manuscripts, and letters from writers

Scope and Content Note

Allen Ginsberg, Jim Goodman, Bill Wolak, Anne Waldman.
Box 47, Folder 7

Rejected manuscripts, and letters from writers

Scope and Content Note

Works and or letters from: William Burroughs, Ira Cohen, Bill Wolak, Andrei Codrescu, Ted Joans, Edouard Roditi, R.F. Sauer, John Digby, Edouard Rodin, Ben Maddow, George Thérèse Dickinson, Paul Bowles, Virgil Thomson, Parker Tyler.
Box 47, Folder 8

Rejected manuscripts, and letters from writers

Scope and Content Note

Works and or letters from: Richard Kostelanetz, Edouard Roditi, Ronald Tavel, Edmond Jabès, Anthony Rudolf, Sky Garner, Harold Norse, Laura Beausoleil, Brion Gysin, Steve Kowit, George Thérèse Dickenson, Will Bennett, Nanos Valaoritis.
Box 48, Folder 1-3

Manuscripts and letters

Scope and Content Note

Works by: Parker Tyler, Will Bennett, Morton Gurewitch, R. F. Sauer, Charles Plymell, James Penzi, Ronnie Burke, Anne Waldman, Edouard Roditi, Peter Kostakis. File of rejected manuscripts?
Box 48, Folder 4-7

Manuscripts and letters

Scope and Content Note

Works by: Andrei Codrescu, Ira Cohen, Bill Wolak, George Thérèse Dickenson, Harold Norse, Paul Bowles, Ben Maddow, Neil Hackman, John Digby, Coburn Britton, Morton Gurewitch, Brion Gysin, Nanos Valaoritis, Bill Wolak, Valery Oisteanu, Paul Grillo, Dick Higgins, Peter Kostakis, Harold Norse, Donald Windham, Sam Abrams, Kit Knight, Ronald Tavel. File of rejected manuscripts?
Box 77*, Flat file folder 4

Manuscripts, oversize

 

Series VI.  Works of art, 1934-1988, undated

Scope and Content Note

Works by Ford and others.
 

Series VIA.  Works by Charles Henri Ford, 1934, 1973, undated

Scope and Content Note

Drawings and collages, some in photocopies, by Ford, according to the labeling on the original envelopes and folders. In some cases attributions may be questionable.
Box 49, Folder 1

Scrapbook pages, 1934

Box 49, Folder 2

Collages, folder I

Scope and Content Note

See also Box 77*, f. 1 for oversize collages.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 1

Collages, folder 1

Box 49, Folder 3

Miscellaneous signed works, 1973, undated

Scope and Content Note

“Submarine monster” 1973; “Before leaving - do nothing,” undated; and assorted drawings, collages and photocopies.
 

Series VIB.  Art works by others, 1940s-1986

Scope and Content Note

Individual art works, filed alphabetically by artist. Series VIC. should be consulted in conjunction with this subseries. Some oversize material is filed in Box 77* and in flat file folder 2**.
Box 49, Folder 4

Anonymous, undated

Scope and Content Note

Etched copper plate
Box 49, Folder 5

Anonymous, 1986

Scope and Content Note

“Cut-outs by Lee.”
Box 49, Folder 6-7

Anonymous: miscellaneous, undated

Scope and Content Note

Drawings, collages, photographs, photocopies, fragments
See also Box 77*, f.3, f.7, f.8 for oversize works by Anonymous.
See also flat file folder 2** for oversize works by Anonymous.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 3

Anonymous, “Miscellaneous”

Scope and Content Note

Oversize from Box 49, folder 6.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 7

Anonymous: “Watercolors and Imprints”

Scope and Content Note

Oversize from Box 49, folder 7.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 8

Anonymous: “Indra and Jeremiah”

Scope and Content Note

Oversize from Box 49, folder 8.
Flat file folder 2**

Anonymous

Scope and Content Note

Oversize, from Box 49.
Box 49, Folder 8

Baarslag, Lee, 1984

Scope and Content Note

“The Brick Boys,” photographs.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 2

Black, Byron: Printed Matter

Box 49, Folder 9

Burk, Ronnie, 1982 ?

Scope and Content Note

Envelope contains a photograph, a drawing and a newspaper clipping.
Box 49, Folder 10

Burk, Ronnie, 1981-1988

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied collages. See also flat file folder 2** for 1 oversize sheet.
Flat file folder 2**

Burk, Ronnie

Box 49, Folder 11

Cleveland, Buster, 1977?

Scope and Content Note

Envelope contains circular note, calling cards and photocopies.
Box 49, Folder 12

Cohen, Ira, 1977

Scope and Content Note

“Happy Birthday to the poet.”
Box 49, Folder 13

Cohen, Ira, undated

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous photographs and collages.
Box 50

Cohen, Ira, photographs, 1973-1975

Box 50, Folder 1

2 Photographs, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Beggar boy with silver foil fingernails, signed; Petra Vogt with tiger, signed.
Box 50, Folder 2

Blind tarot, signed

Box 50, Folder 3

Cow festival, (Jatra), signed, 1975

Box 50, Folder 4

Floating Tara, signed, 1975

Box 50, Folder 5

Flower seller at Pashupatinath, signed, 1975

Box 50, Folder 6

The photo stressed the unimportance of makeup, signed, 1973.

Box 50, Folder 7

Untitled, 1973

Scope and Content Note

note on envelope: “At the Hermitage.”
Box 51

Works by others, C-S, ca. 1984-1986

Box 51, Folder 1

Cohen, Ira, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Photographs.
Box 51, Folder 2

Cohen, Ira, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, Kathmandu.
Box 51, Folder 3

Cohen, Ira, 1980

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Indra.
Box 51, Folder 4

Cohen, Ira, 1981

Scope and Content Note

Postcards.
Box 51, Folder 5

Cohen, Ira, 1981

Scope and Content Note

Postcards with letter.
Box 51, Folder 6

Cohen, Ira, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Unauthorized pictures of Ford. See also flat file folder 2** for oversize work by Cohen.
Flat file folder 2**

Cohen, Ira

Scope and Content Note

Oversize from Box 51.
Box 51, Folder 7

Duchamp, Marcel, ca. 1935

Scope and Content Note

Rotoreliefs. Probably the first series printed in Paris, 1935, including the black plastic viewer, but without the circular holder.
Box 51, Folder 8

Emerson, Beth, 1980

Scope and Content Note

Audio cassette tape: Beth Emerson live at Stone Street.
Box 51, Folder 9

Goodman, Jim, photographs, 1981-1984

Box 51, Folder 10

Grillo, Paul, 1975

Scope and Content Note

“The Birth of the Blues” and “Homocarium” with letter to Ford.
Box 51, Folder 11

Grillo, Paul, 1976, 1978

Scope and Content Note

“Dreamskins,” 1976 and “Visual Poem,” 1978.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 9

Hassell, Jon: “Dream Theory in Malaya”

Scope and Content Note

Oversize from Box 51.
Box 51, Folder 12

Joans, Ted, 1975

Scope and Content Note

“A present for Ford”
Box 51, Folder 13

Joans, Ted, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Tchelitchef connection in Minataur selection.
Box 51, Folder 14

Johnson, Ray, 1976, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied collages.
Box 51, Folder 15

Korbanka, undated

Scope and Content Note

Untitled painting.
Box 51, Folder 16

Lama, Surendra, undated

Scope and Content Note

Drawings.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 9

Malanga, Gerard “Photograph”

Box 51, Folder 17

Mayo, undated

Scope and Content Note

2 drawings.
Box 51, Folder 18

Newton, Jeremiah, 1976

Scope and Content Note

“Found : Changes in Crew.”
Box 51, Folder 19

Oisteanu, Valery, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Collage postcard
See also Box 77, f. 10 for oversize Oisteanu work.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 10

Oisteanu [?], Valery: “Collage Drawing”

Box 51, Folder 20

Ray, Man, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photograph of Mina Loy.
Box 51, Folder 21

Shakya, Reepak, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Drawings.
Box 51, Folder 22

Stamey, Chris, 1977

Scope and Content Note

“The Summer Sun; Where the fun is,” Long-playing record.
Box 52

Works by others, T-Y, ca. 1935-ca. 1982

Box 52, Folder 1

Tamang, Indra, 1974-1980

Scope and Content Note

Collages.
Box 52, Folder 2

Tanguey, Yves and Kay Sage, ca. 1945

Scope and Content Note

Christmas and New Year's greeting.
Box 52, Folder 3

Tyler, Parker, undated, 1935

Scope and Content Note

Valentine and postcard.
Box 52, Folder 4-7

Various artists postcards, undated

Scope and Content Note

Postcards labeled: “The Image Bank Post Card Show”; Note on outer box: “Postcards from Michael Morris...”
Box 52, Folder 8

Various artists postcards, undated

Scope and Content Note

View postcards, series I-III.
Box 52, Folder 9

Various artists postcards, undated

Scope and Content Note

Collection of postcards: “9 photographers,” edited by Gerard Malanga.
Box 52, Folder 10

Warhol, Andy: “Ones”, undated

Box 52, Folder 11

Weigel, Tom, 1982

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy collages.
Box 52, Folder 12

Whitman, Robert, “Artcash,” 1976

Box 52, Folder 13

Young, Dana: color photocopies, 1976

Scope and Content Note

“Future stroll thru the park,” “Discovery of Nepal I,” and “Discovery of Nepal II.”
 

Series VIC.  Miscellaneous art material

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this subseries is visual art, interfiled with related letters, poetry and prose. The visual works are collages, drawings, artist's card, and mail art. The work is not dissimilar to that in Series VI.B, above, but was filed separately by Ford. Each folder contains a grouping of works by artists / writers, A-Z, and this arrangement has been maintained. Oversize material is filed in flat file folder 3**.
Box 53, Folder 1

B-T:

Box 53, Folder 1

Burk, Ronnie

Box 53, Folder 1

Ford, Charles Henri

Box 53, Folder 1

Grillo, Paul

Box 53, Folder 1

Tamang, Indra

Flat file folder 3**

Black, Byron

Physical Description: Oversize miscellaneous art material, from Box 53, folder 1.
Box 53, Folder 2

“Art for photography”

Box 53, Folder 2

Anonymous

Box 53, Folder 2

Cohen, Ira

Box 53, Folder 2

Coleman, Brien

Box 53, Folder 2

Dreva, Jerry

Box 53, Folder 2

Ford, Charles Henri

Box 53, Folder 2

Grillo, Paul

Box 53, Folder 2

H.S.

Box 53, Folder 2

Johnson, Ray

Box 53, Folder 2

Kostakis, Peter

Box 53, Folder 2

Tamang, Indra

Box 53, Folder 2

Tyler, Parker

Box 53, Folder 2

Williams, Jonathan

Box 53, Folder 3-4

A-W:

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Anonymous

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Baarslag, Lee

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Burk, Ronnie

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Ford, Charles Henri

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Gain, A.

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Hayter, S.W.

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Johnson, Ray

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Kushner, Robert

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Montana

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Nuki

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Penzi, James

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Richard, C.

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Shakya, Reepak

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Tamang, Indra

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Tanguey, Joel

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Tchelichew, Pavlik

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Trovillim, David

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Vogt, Petra

Box 53, Folder 3-4

Wolak, Bill

Box 53, Folder 5-7

A-W:

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Andre, Michael

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Anonymous

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Black, Byron

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Buczak, Brian

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Burk, Ronnie

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Childers, Lee Black

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Cohen, Ira

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Eichenberg, Fritz

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Ford, Charles Henri

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Hussey

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Johnson, Ray

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Noli, David

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Picard, Lil

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Spender, Stephen

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Stevens, Jon

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Tamang, Indra

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Tillman, Lynne

Box 53, Folder 5-7

Weisel, Tom

Box 53, Folder 8-9

A-Y:

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Anonymous

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Bardo Matrix

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Baum, Timothy

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Berman, Eugene

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Boccolini, Alberto

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Boyle, Kay

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Buczak, Brian

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Burk, Ronnie

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Coleman, Brien

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Dickenson, George-Thérèse

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Ford, Charles Henri

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Grillo, Paul

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Hseih, Sam

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Joans, Ted

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Johnson, Ray

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Kennedy, Blanchard

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Tamang, Indra

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Tchelitchew, Pavel

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Weigel, Tom

Box 53, Folder 8-9

Young, Dana

 

Series VII.  Personal and business documents, 1936-1986

Scope and Content Note

The series contains miscellaneous official and personal documents, momentos, guest lists, mailing lists and assorted items of a miscellaneous nature. Some of the files relate to Ford's sister, Ruth Ford, to Gertrude Cato Ford, and to the estate of Pavel Tchelitchew. The material in this series was originally interspersed with correspondence. Oversize items are filed in Box 77* and flat file folder 3**. See Series VIII for more material about Ford.
Box 54, Folder 1

Chronologies, undated

Scope and Content Note

Biographical sketches and chronologies of Charles Henri Ford, Pavel Tchelitchew, Reepak Shakya and Indra Tamang
Box 54, Folder 2

Bibliographies, undated

Scope and Content Note

Works of Charles Henri Ford, with annotations regarding reprints.
Box 54, Folder 3

Official documents, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contracts; certification for English conversation class for Indra Tamang; estate documents for Pavel Tchelitchew and Annie B. Aycock; visas and passport documentation.
Box 54, Folder 4

Passports, 1955-1981

Scope and Content Note

Renewed and re-issued passports for scattered years (5).
Box 54, Folder 5

International certificates of vaccination, 1972-1980

Box 54, Folder 6

Health care documents, undated

Scope and Content Note

Medical reports and x-rays.
Box 54, Folder 7

Books signed to Charles Henri Ford

Box 54, Folder 8

Personal notes, undated

Scope and Content Note

Short personal notes, memoranda, maps to friends houses; includes some annotations on literary works.
Box 54, Folder 9

Gertrude Cato Ford papers

Scope and Content Note

School report cards, church membership, estate records.
Box 54, Folder 10

Preparatory material for an exhibition: “Postcards to Charles Henri Ford,” 1976

Scope and Content Note

Gallery announcements, press releases, mailing lists.
Box 54, Folder 11

Photocopies of postcards in exhibition: “Postcards to Charles Henri Ford,” 1976

Box 54, Folder 12-13

Postcards

Box 54, Folder 14

Bellevue Press postcards

Box 54, Folder 15

Membership cards, undated

Scope and Content Note

YMCA, New York, Social Security, Medical Information card, The Cavern.
Box 55

Photographs

Box 55, Folder 1-6

Family snapshots, passport and other photographs

Scope and Content Note

Some that may have been used as artistic sources. The photographers include Ford, Ruth Ford, Ira Cohen and Indra Tamang.
Box 56, Folder 1-12

Address books, ca. 1950s

Box 57, Folder 1-6

Address books, ca. 19--

Box 58

Guest lists, mailing lists, ca. 1939-1986

Box 58, Folder 1

Guest registers, 1939-1951

Scope and Content Note

Ford and Pavel T. in Weston, Connecticut.
Box 58, Folder 2

Guest registers, 1955, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Chez Francois Reichenbach, Place des Etats-Unis, Paris, 1955.
Kathmandu experience, in a chemistry exercise book, 1973.
Box 58, Folder 3

Guest registers, 1979-1980

Scope and Content Note

“High tea at the Dakota” (New York City).
Box 58, Folder 4

Guest register, 1980 October 15

Box 58, Folder 5

Dinner party, 1986, June 26

Scope and Content Note

Notes, letters, guest lists and a photograph related to a dinner party given by Ruth Ford for Operation Minotaur's Handshakes from heaven II.
Box 58, Folder 6

Mailing list, 1975

Scope and Content Note

For the Kathmandu experience, New York Cultural Center.
Box 58, Folder 7

Old mailing list - finished business, 1981 Jan

Box 58, Folder 8

Mailing list, 1982

Box 58, Folder 9

Mailing lists, 1986, undated

Scope and Content Note

Out of town, foreign, the Dakota (1986), Press, and Couri Hey.
Box 59

Guest lists and mailing lists, ca. 1966, undated

Box 59, Folder 1

Miscellaneous mailing lists

Box 59, Folder 2

Mailing list for Silver flower coo

Box 59, Folder 3

Old lists (Johnny Minotaur premiere)

Box 59, Folder 4

List lend to Iolas

Box 59, Folder 5

Lists and labels no. 2 (duplicates)

Box 59, Folder 6

Mailing list typed for photocopying, gummed labels

Box 59, Folder 7-11

Guest and mailing lists for various events

Scope and Content Note

Lists for teas, parties, Christmas cards, screenings, exhibitions and other events.
Box 60

Things to do, 19--

Box 60, Folder 1-8

Lists of things to do

Scope and Content Note

People to call and visit, letters to write, errands to run, and inventory and grocery lists. Arranged chronologically by year.
Box 61, Folder 1

Printed matter

Box 61, Folder 1

Objects

Box 61, Folder 1

Photographs

Box 61, Folder 2

The Dakota [apartment in New York]

Scope and Content Note

Directory and sheet regarding tipping staff at his apartment in New York.
Box 61, Folder 3

Holy bible with 4-leaf clovers, 1946

Box 61, Folder 4

Tru-Vu film viewer of Gypsy Rose Lee performing a strip tease

Scope and Content Note

Box is addressed to P. Tchelitchew.
Box 62

Miscellaneous items

Box 62, Folder 1

Unopened birthday present

Scope and Content Note

From Hasley, Denise Mercedes, Patrick Mack.
Box 62, Folder 2

7 Photos of Zachary, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Photos of the actor Zachary Scott (married to Ruth Ford), a present from Ford's sister.
Box 62, Folder 3

Paris jazz, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Audio cassette tape. Note on envelope: “ 1985 Paris tape - begins with Ted Joans re Operation Minotaur. Side II - Jazz, etc.”
Box 62, Folder 4

Material related to looking for a loft, 1975

Scope and Content Note

Classified advertisements with notations.
Box 62, Folder 5

Rental advertisements

Scope and Content Note

Rough drafts for ads.
Box 62, Folder 6

All about everybody, 1936-1949

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous autographs.
Box 62, Folder 7

Press photographs, 1980

Scope and Content Note

“A gift of Balarama.”
Box 62, Folder 8

Goa: Photos and documents

Scope and Content Note

Notes, newspaper clippings and photocopied articles about Goa, India.
Box 62, Folder 9

Illustrations

Scope and Content Note

Printed illustrations of Hindu and Buddhist deities. See also flat file folder 3** for oversize items.
Flat file folder 3**

Illustrations of Hindu dieties

Scope and Content Note

Oversize items from Box 62, folder 9.
Box 62, Folder 10

Indra's notes

Box 62, Folder 11

Proposal for an anthology

Scope and Content Note

Entitled The Page as alternative space, co-edited by Martha Wilson and Ingrid Sischy.
Box 62, Folder 12

Business cards

Box 62, Folder 13-14

Pamphlets - various

Box 62, Folder 15

Yoga information

Box 62, Folder 16

Horoscope and bio-rhythm information

Box 62, Folder 17

Rough drafts for a social column

Scope and Content Note

High Tea at the Dakota. Leonora Carrington.
Box 62, Folder 18

Accounts, Kathmandu, 1981

Box 62, Folder 19

Order forms

Scope and Content Note

Completed, but unsent orders for books, slides, senior discounts, etc.
Box 62, Folder 20

Recipes

Box 62, Folder 21

Seeds

Scope and Content Note

3 packets.
Box 77*, Flat file folder 6

Himalayan View Calendar

 

Series VIII.  Dossier scrapbook, undated

Scope and Content Note

Files in this series were intended for Charles Henri Ford's dossier. They contain ephemera, other printed material, and manuscripts that document his life and work. The files contain newspaper clippings, reviews, announcements, press releases, advertisements, chronologies and bibliographies, articles and interviews by and about him, photocopies of entries from biographical dictionaries. Also included: some poetry with corrections, publication catalogues and journal issues. The folders reflect Ford's labeling.
Box 63

Dossier material

Box 63, Folder 1

Ford dossier miscellaneous

Box 63, Folder 2

Dossier and scrapbook material

Box 63, Folder 3

Ford dossier

Box 63, Folder 5-7

Clippings for scrapbook

 

Series IX.  Newspaper clippings, 1952-1989

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the clippings were sent to Ford by his sister Ruth. Her annotations on the clippings range from gossip to editorial comments. The subjects of the clippings include society news, reviews, advertisements and articles related to theater, fine art galleries, opera, dance, literature and gay rights. Some of the clippings were collected by Ford himself. Clippings are arranged chronologically.
Box 64, Folder 1-7

Clippings

 

Series X.  Program announcements, 1940-1989, undated

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises printed announcements for various artistic activities, many with personal inscriptions. The events announced include performance art, poetry readings, art exhibitions, auctions, theatre performances, as well as announcements of books for sale. The formats include small catalogues, cards and postcards, advertisements, posters, playbills, press releases and price lists. Arranged chronologically by year.
Box 65-66

Announcements

Box 77*, Folder 11-13

Gallery announcements

Box 77*, Folder 14

Gallery announcements: Poetry Project

Flat file folder 4-6**

Gallery announcements

 

Series XI.  Receipts and publications, ca. 1920-1989

Scope and Content Note

Primarily personal financial papers, the series contains royalty reports, auction reports from Sotheby's, gallery receipts, invoices, travel and household receipts, bank statements, check stubs, and notes regarding sums of money lent. Many items are undated. Includes publications that came with the archive.
Box 67-73

Receipts

Box 74-76

Publications and unprocessed

Box 78-79

Publications and unprocessed