|The materials of the Ruth Ford Collection provide a broad view of the career and life
the successful model and stage and film actor.
| Close to thirty letters and postcards (1946-1991) from Elaine Steinbeck reveal an
and long friendship, with three of the letters written when Elaine was married to
Scott. After Ford married Zachary Scott in 1952, Elaine Steinbeck (who divorced Scott
1949 and married Steinbeck in 1950) wrote, "We've been friends for so long–but I never
that one day we'd be related. It's a funny feeling, I have to say that to be honest,
is one I am beginning to like very much. . . . Of course my first reaction was and
wish for your and Zack's happiness. I wish it with all my heart. I don't see how it
otherwise." One letter (1947) is from Zachary Scott to Ford.
| Ruth Ford's reading and rehearsal copies of the script for Paul Bowles' No Exit (1946) are annotated in pencil, showing changes as Ford
prepared for the role of Estelle. These changes provide evidence that director John
made changes against the wishes of Jean-Paul Sartre and Bowles. Related to this Ford
performance are telegrams and letters offering congratulations on her opening night
performance, including some from contemporary notables such as Gloria Safier, Mel
Eustace Seligman, and Claude Dauphin. Also present is an original Biltmore Theatre
| In addition, the collection includes a small amount of material from Fleur Cowles
Ford consisting of eighteen letters, cards, and telegrams (1968-1990), along with
brochures, and various invitations to events honoring Cowles. Also present are four
(1944-1969?) from Henry Miller to Ruth Ford, with a flyer for a Miller celebration
| The Ruth Ford collection is made up of four 2010 acquisitions. Each acquisition contains
some correspondence which has been arranged chronologically. Although the telegrams
acidic and fragile paper, all of the materials are in relatively good condition.