Richard Ford papers Edit


MSS 208 large


  • 1964-2015 (Creation)


  • 109 Linear Feet (Whole)
    109 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Some specially marked correspondence cannot be read or quoted from for scholarly and/or commercial use without the expressed consent of Richard Ford.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    No copying (machine or camera) of manuscript material is permitted. Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Richard Ford Papers, MSS 208, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased with funds provided by the Special Collections Endowment.

  • Processing Information

    Original and additional holdings processed by Molly Dean, Fara McCune, Katie Angeli, and Lydia Tang in 1999, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Richard Ford (b. 1944) graduated from Michigan State University in 1966 with a degree in English. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1978, and won the 1994 Rea Award for the Short Story. "Independence day" was the winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1996. Originally from Mississippi, he now resides with his wife in East Boothbay, Maine. In addition to his novels "Independence day" and "The Sportswriter," (the prequel to "Independence day"), Ford has written "Lay of the land," "A Piece of my heart," "The Ultimate Good Luck," and "Wildlife," as well as numerous short stories which are collected in "Rock Springs" and "Women With Men."

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection numbers 109 boxes and spans the time period of the 1960s to the present; material is continually added to the collection as it is received from Mr. Ford. The bulk of the collection is correspondence to individuals and institutions; research notes; articles and essays; screenplays; short stories; novels; non-fiction work; and events for which Mr. Ford wrote. There is also material about Mr. Ford, works by other writers, and a small number of Mr. Ford’s personal possessions.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into five series. Series I: Professional and personal correspondence. Series II: Writings - holographic copies, typescript drafts and published formats of notes, articles and essays, screenplays, short stories, novels, non-fictions work and events related to his writings. Series III: Writings about Ford including interviews and reviews. Series IV: Works of other writers collected by Ford. Series V: Personal memorabilia.

  • Accruals

    1998, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2016