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Alice Ford papers on John James Audubon

1951-1995, 7.5 linear feet

01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Creator:
Ford, Alice, 1906-
Title:
Alice Ford papers on John James Audubon
Date [inclusive]:
1951-1995
Call Number:
01
Extent:
7.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
7 boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Alice Ford was a prominent scholar and biographer of John James Audubon and Edward Hicks. John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. The Alice Ford papers on John James Audubon, 1951-1995, are primarily composed of Alice Ford's research on John James Audubon, including copies of primary materials, drafts of Ford's writings, and correspondence with publishers. There is a small amount of Ford's personal papers not relating to Audubon.
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Biography/History

Alice Ford was a prominent scholar and biographer of John James Audubon and Edward Hicks. Her books on Audubon include Audubon's Butterflies, Moths, and Other Studies (1952, ed.),  John James Audubon: A Biography (1964, 1988), and  The 1826 Journal of John James Audubon (1967, ed.). Her other books include  Pictorial Folk Art, New England to California (1949),  Edward Hicks, Painter of the Peaceable Kingdom (1952), and  Edward Hicks: His Life and Art (1985).

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. His The Birds of North America, written and lushly illustrated by Audubon himself, is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of Alice Ford's research on John James Audubon, including copies of primary materials, drafts of Ford's writings, and correspondence with publishers. Among these papers is a manuscript version of an unfinished, unpublished book by Ford. There is also a small amount of Ford's personal papers not relating to Audubon, including diaries, family photographs, tax returns, and other scattered materials. One box in the collection contains published books by and about Audubon.

A detailed inventory of the collection is available on-site.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift, Estate of Alice Ford, July 2003.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Audubon, John James, 1785-1851
  • Ford, Alice, 1906-
Subject(s)
  • Biographers
  • Biography
  • Bird watchers
  • Naturalists
  • Ornithologists

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