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Harriet Bliss Ford Papers, 1899-1953
5 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 59

Abstract:
Civic leader; editor; YWCA executive; Red Cross official; and Trustee, Smith College. The correspondence and subject files of the Ford Papers document her work with Century Magazine and her political and intellectual life during her residence in Northampton, Massachusetts. Included is material written and published by Ford for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and manuscripts of her speeches and writings. Notable correspondents include Carrie Chapman Catt; Grace Coolidge; Elizabeth Cutter Morrow; William Allen Neilson; Ada Comstock Notestein; Abby Rockefeller; William Rose Bennet; Helena Gilder; and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Christmas card showing Harriet Bliss Ford in Wilder House living room, 1931-1932

Christmas card showing Harriet Bliss Ford
in Wilder House living room, 1931-1932

Harriet Chalmers Bliss was born in New York City and earned a B.L. from Smith College in 1899. She was an editorial assistant at Century Magazine, 1899-1912, and consulting editor of the Woman's Press Board, the Woman's Journal, 1927-29. She married George Burdett Ford in 1912. Ford was director of women personal in the American Red Cross Overseas, 1917-1920, and was chair of the Smith College Relief Unit, Pans Office. Ford was on the National Board of the YWCA from 1920 to 1930, and was vice president chair of the Publicity Organization. She was a member of the Committee on Cause and Cure of War from 1925 to1930. At Smith College, she was a publicity chair and trustee, 1923-36, and she was a "Trustee in Residence," 1931-36. She was on the Board of Directors of the Smith Alumnae Association and the American Association of University Women. Ford was involved in Northampton, Massachusetts city politics and the National League of Women Voters, 1950s. She was on the Northampton City Charter Committee, 1949, and the City Council, 1940s-50s. She wrote articles, poetry and plays, some of which were published, regarding various causes including women's issues and peace.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include biographical materials, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, writings, and subject files. The correspondence and subject files relate to her work with Century Magazine and her political and intellectual life during her residence in Northampton, Massachusetts. Included are plays and pageants written and published by Ford for the Young Women's Christian Association (as well as other YWCA publications), and manuscripts of her speeches and writings. There is also an unpublished biography of her husband, George B. Ford. Notable correspondents include Carrie Chapman Catt; Grace Coolidge; Elizabeth Cutter Morrow; William Allen Neilson; Ada Comstock Notestein; Abby Rockefeller; William Rose Bennet; Helena Gilder. and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

The Harriet Bliss Ford Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Materials in this collection were given to the Sophia Smith Collection by Harriet Bliss Ford and her niece.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised in 2002 by Gayla Spaulding, intern.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Biographical sketch


Box 1: folder 1
Newspaper clippings


Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence



Business,
1913-50

Box 1: folder 3
Personal,
1912

Box 1: folder 4
European diary,
1923

Box 1: folder 5
Letters of congratulation,
1912

Box 1: folder 6
Letters of recommendation,
1899

Box 1: folder 7
Letters of condolence (on death of George B. Ford),
1930-31

Box 1: folder 8
Speeches,
1936, 1955, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
SERIES II. WRITINGS



Writings



Published,
1922-50

Box 1: folder 10
Unpublished,
1950-58, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Ford, George B.



Biography (unpublished manuscript),
1931

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence (re: biography),
1931

Box 1: folder 13
SERIES III. MEMORABILIA



Greeting cards


Box 2: folder 1-3
Photographs


Box 2: folder 4
Miscellaneous


Box 2: folder 5
SERIES IV. CORRESPONDENCE



Allen, Ruth Strickland,
1909-23

Box 3: folder 1-2
Barnard, Eunice Fuller,
1935-36

Box 3: folder 3
Barrett, Halsey M.,
1899

Box 3: folder 4
Benet, William Rose,
1912-21

Box 3: folder 5
Brown, "Dot",
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Buel, Clarence Clough,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Cather, Willa Sibert,
1909

Box 3: folder 8
Coolidge, Grace,
1943, 1945

Box 3: folder 9
Crowinshield, Frank,
1912-15

Box 3: folder 10
Dreier, Katherine S.
1924-25

Box 3: folder 11
Ellsworth, W.W.,
1913, n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
Ford, Eleanor Burdette,
1912

Box 3: folder 13
Gilder, Helena,
1910-13

Box 3: folder 14
Gilder, Richard Watson,
1905-09

Box 3: folder 15
Gilder, Rodman,
1909-10

Box 3: folder 16
Herter, Christian,
1953

Box 3: folder 17
Johnson, R.U.,
1912-37

Box 3: folder 18
Jones, Louis and Mary,
1947-49

Box 3: folder 19
Kennedy, John F.,
1957

Box 3: folder 20
Lehman, Herbert H.,
1936

Box 3: folder 21
Melvin, Mary Armstrong,
1935

Box 3: folder 22
Miscellaneous,
1909-33

Box 3: folder 23
Morrow, Elizabeth Cutter,
1927-31

Box 3: folder 24
Neilson, William Allen,
1929-31

Box 3: folder 25
Newton, E. Swift,
1935-36, 1941

Box 3: folder 26
Notestein, Ada Comstock,
1930-31

Box 3: folder 27
Paine, Albert Bigelow,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 28
Parsons, Edgarton and Alice,
1909-29

Box 3: folder 29
Pearman, Mabel (Capelle),
1912

Box 3: folder 30
Reston, James,
1952-53

Box 3: folder 31
Rice, Alice Hegan,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 32
Rockefeller, Abby A.,
1931, 1936

Box 3: folder 33
Roosevelt, Eleanor,
1924

Box 3: folder 34
Skinner, Belle,
1924-31

Box 3: folder 35
Slater, Florence W.,
1916

Box 3: folder 36
Wilson, Claggett,
1924

Box 3: folder 37
Unidentified


Box 3: folder 38
SERIES V. SUBJECTS



Cause and Cure of War



General


Box 4: folder 1
Newspaper clippings


Box 4: folder 2
League of Nations


Box 4: folder 3
Mary A. Burnam School: Commencement,
1955

Box 4: folder 4
Railroad report


Box 4: folder 5
Roadside improvement


Box 4: folder 6
World's Fair: NY,
1938-39

Box 4: folder 7
YWCA



General


Box 4: folder 8
The New Creation (correspondence and information re: festival)


Box 4: folder 9
City of Northampton



City charter



Committee minutes and correspondence


Box 5: folder 1
Revision and photocopies


Box 5: folder 2-3
City Council: unicameral election


Box 5: folder 4
Map of Northampton


Box 5: folder 5
Tercentenary celebration


Box 5: folder 6
Northampton League of Women Voters


Box 5: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947--Correspondence
  • Century Magazine--History
  • Coolidge, Grace Goodhue, 1879-1957--Correspondence
  • Ford, Harriet Bliss, 1876-1964
  • H. de K. G. (Helena de Kay Gilder)--Correspondence
  • League of Women Voters of Northampton (Mass.)--History
  • Morrow, Elizabeth, 1873-1955--Correspondence
  • National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War (U.S.)
  • Neilson, William Allan, 1869-1946--Correspondence
  • Northampton, (Mass.)--History--Sources
  • Rockefeller, Abby Aldrich--Correspondence
  • Smith College--Administration--History--Sources
  • Women and peace--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women editors--United States--20th century--Sources
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A. National Board--History


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