Ford (Jesse W. and Marcella) Papers

Jesse W and Marcella Ford look in amusement at candy from a glass bowl
Jesse and Marcella Ford sitting in living room, 1957, Jesse W. and Marcella Ford papers, MS 10, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Jesse W. and Marcella Ford Papers includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, reports, and artifacts that document the life and activities of Jesse W. and Marcella Ford.

The collection is organized into three series: Marcella Ford, Jesse W. Fords, and photographs. The collection of archival material related to Marcella Ford includes correspondence to Ford organized by subject, her resume, newspaper clippings related to her work as an early educator of African American history, one typescript manuscript on Oakland's history, badges from conventions attended by Ford, a scrapbook of programs and correspondence related to conventions held by the National Council of Negro Women, and proclamations honoring Ford's contributions to education. The Jesse W. Ford series includes assorted correspondence written to Ford; assorted letters, programs, and artifacts related to his involvement in various social clubs and organization in the Oakland area; manuals, brochures, and correspondence related to his employment with the Pullman Company and member of the Union of Sleeping Car Porters; and a scrapbook of funeral programs attended by Ford. The photograph series includes assorted photographs of Jesse W. and Marcella Ford and relatives and friends between 1907-2001.

Dates: 1907-2002
Collection number: MS 10
Creator: Ford, Jesse William, 1890-1972.
Creator: Ford, Marcella, 1900-2002.
Collection Size: 6.75 linear feet (6 boxes + 2 oversized boxes)

Guide to the Jesse W. and Marcella Ford Paper

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