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Edwin Hopkins Ford papers

Identifier: ua00719

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a copy of Professor Ford’s book Christmas Poems and 103 letters written by recipients of the book to Ford shortly before his death. Christmas Poems is a collection of the poems Professor Ford wrote from 1958-1963. Among the letter writers are Harrison Salisbury, Carl T. Rowan and Eric Sevareid.


  • 1964


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Edwin Hopkins Ford, (1891-1964)

Edwin Hopkins Ford was born in Mazeppa, Minnesota on June 7, 1891. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 1915, an M.A. in english from Harvard in 1927 and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 1928. He was a reporter and copy editor for the Minneapolis Journal (1916-1917) before serving in the Navy during World War I. After the war, he worked in Seattle for the Post-Intelligencer until 1923. He held faculty positions at the University of Washington, Harvard and the University of Oregon before coming to Minnesota.

In 1929, Professor Ford joined the faculty of the school of journalism at the University of Minnesota. He originated coursework in the literary aspects of journalism and taught courses in the history of journalism and creative writing. He retired from the University in 1956. Professor Ford passed away on September 5, 1964.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger)


Collection contains letters and poems of Edwin Hopkins Ford, professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota.


The letters are arranged in alphabetical order by author.

Source of acquisition

Collection donated by Mrs. Edwin H. Ford in 1969.

Edwin Hopkins Ford papers, 1964
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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Finding aid written in English

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