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Harriet Bliss Ford papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00361

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, reports, clippings, publications, notes, and photos. Included in the collection are numerous photograph albums, detailing the life of Harriet Bliss Ford, as well as her own poetry. There is also numerous material relating to the various organizations and committees she was a part of, as well as documents relating to her position as Resident Trustee at the college. There is also material relating to her husband, George Burdett Ford, including his book Out of the Ruins.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1877 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Harriet Chalmers Bliss Ford was born in 1876 in New York City. She attended the Mary A. Burnham School and graduated with Smith College's Class of 1899. She married George Burdett Ford, an architect and city planner, in 1912. From the time of her graduation until her marriage, Ford worked as an editor for Century Magazine. Participating as a member of the National Board of the YWCA beginning in 1924, Ford served as the organization's third vice-president, and volunteered for the New York Smith College Club and the University Club. During WWI, Ford worked in close contact with the Paris headquarters of the American Red Cross for two years and acted as chairman of the Paris committee of the Smith College Relief Unit in France. Ford served as the first chairman of the Alumnae Fund Committee of Smith College from 1927-1929, and as the director of the Alumnae Association from 1925-1928. In addition to her work with the Alumnae Association, Ford was also on the Board of Trustees from 1928-1936, and was a resident trustee from 1931 until the end of her life. Ford was also active in the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War, and was named the organization's administrative chairman in 1937. Living in New York City for several years, Ford eventually returned to Northampton in 1941 and joined the committee to study and make recommendations for a charter for Northampton and the city's Tercentary. During World War II, she served as chief of the Office of Price Administration for Northampton and the surrounding area. Ford died on February 20, 1964 at the age of 87 in Northampton, Massachusetts after a long illness.


4.438 linear feet (8 containers)

Language of Materials



Member of the Class of 1899 and Resident Trustee from 1931 to 1964. Collection contains correspondence, reports, clippings, publications, and photos.


This collection is organized into five series:


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harriet Bliss Ford, 1960 and 1964. Some material may be from other sources.

Related Material

Additional papers of Harriet Bliss Ford are located in the Sophia Smith Collection .

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the Harriet Bliss Ford papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Maris Schwarz.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-21: Finding aid updated as part of the College Archives Survey.

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063