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Guy Stanton Ford papers

Identifier: ua-00966

Scope and Content

The collection includes organizations, University of Minnesota, speeches and publications, biographical, family and trips. Consult detailed contents for other folders not listed.

American Committee for the Study of War Documents (1955-1957).

American Council of Learned Societies (1925-1952).

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (1942-1957) 3 folders.

American Historical Association.

American Historical Association. Commission on Social Studies in Schools (1902-1960) 5 folders.

American Philosophical Association (1939-1955).

Biographical Information (1941-1954) 4 folders.

Correspondence, (1902-1960) 27 folders.

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1925-1935) 6 folders.

New York University Hall of Fame (1945-1960) 3 folders.

Harpers Monthly (1928-1938) 3 folders. Ford as editor.

University of Minnesota Committee of Seven, (1921-1936) 6 folders.

University of Minnesota Department of History, (1915- ) 7 folders

University of Minnesota Department of History Recommendations for Academic Personnel ( ) 6 folders.

University of Minnesota Senate Library Committee (1921-1937) 2 folders.

University of Minnesota President (1941) 3 folders.

Phi Beta Kappa, 8 folders.

Schaper Case (1918-1958) 1 folder.

Social Science Research Council (1927-1931) 4 folders.

Social Science Research Council Commission of Inquiry on National Policy in International Economic Relations (1933-1935) 5 folders.

Speeches and Publications (undated, 1895-1954) 12 folders.

Eight bound volumes contain biographical (1885-1941); family, and correspondence during trips made by Ford.


  • Creation: 1885-1965


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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 Guy Stanton Ford (1873-1962)

Guy Stanton Ford was born on 9 May 1873 at Salem, Wisconsin. His first appointment at the University of Minnesota was as Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History in 1913. Under his guidance graduate programs were extended, enhanced and post-graduate were organized into a system that allowed individual disciplines to determine course work over which the Graduate School imposed a structure which applied to all graduate students. In 1938, Ford assumed the presidency of the University of Minnesota. He brought to the office administrative skills developed as a dean. His presidency was marked by an emphasis on scholarship. Ford supported academic freedom and influenced the development of the University's tenure code that became a model in American higher education.

Ford was the author of numerous books and articles. He was active in professional societies, serving as president of the American Historical Association and the Social Science Research council. Over his long career he was awarded many honorary degrees and was awarded the Danish Medal of Liberation. After his retirement in 1941 Ford spent 12 years as executive secretary of the American Historical Association and editor of the American Historical Review. He died on 29 December 1962.


10.5 Cubic Feet (42 boxes (2 record cartons; 40 hollingers))


The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Guy Stanton Ford, professor of history and dean of the Graduate School, 1913-1938 and president of the University of Minnesota, 1938-1941.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Source of acquisition

Donated to University of Minnesota Archives between 1950 and 1974. Later deposits were made by Guy Stanton Ford's son, Thomas Ford.

Related Material

Ford, Guy Stanton, On and Off the Campus


Guy Stanton Ford papers, 1885-1965
Alma O. Scott; revised by Penelope Krosch.
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