Robert Arthur Douglass Ford fonds [textual record, graphic material]

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    Hierarchical level:
    [ca. 1886-1998].
    Type of material:
    Textual material, Photographs
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    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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    • Robert Arthur Douglass Ford fonds
      Robert Arthur Douglass Ford fonds
  • Fonds includes:
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    [ca. 1886-1998].
    Place of creation:
    86 cm of textual records.
    250 photographs b&w and col.
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    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of correspondence, clippings, reports, manuscripts, speeches, typescripts, memoranda, notebooks, and souvenirs of Robert and Thereza Ford. The papers include drafts of Ford's book, Russia In Our Time, notebooks kept by Thereza Ford, diplomatic and personal correspondence, and papers relating to the Palme Commission. Fonds also contains photographic materials, ca. 1886-1987, depicting various aspects and periods of his life.
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Ford, R. A. D., 1915-1998: Robert Ford, diplomat, author and poet, was born in Ottawa in 1915. He was the son of journalist, Arthur Ford, of The London Free Press. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario and Cornell University. He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940 and served in Rio de Janeiro, London, Moscow, and Ottawa. Ford was Ambassador to Columbia, 1956-1959; Yugoslavia, 1959-1961; Sudan, 1961-1964; United Arab Republic, 1961-1964; the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1964-1980; and Mongolia, 1974-1980. Upon his retirement, he served as a Special Advisor to the Canadian Government on East-West relations, 1980-1983. He was also an accomplished poet and author of Our Man in Moscow and A Moscow Literary Memoir. As well, he published several volumes of poetry, one of which earned a Governor General's award. He was named a Companion in the Order of Canada in 1971. After retiring he settled in France. Robert Ford died on April 12, 1998.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (Electronic) Finding aid 1827 is a descriptive list of file titles. MSS1827 (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    General Note:
    First donation made in 1989 by R.A.D. Ford. Second donation made in 2003 by the estate of R.A.D. Ford.
    Language note:
    Documents are mainly in English, however, some are in French, Russian, and Portugese.
    Associated material note:
    Ford's literary papers (1 m) in the literary manuscript collection of the Library and Archives Canada overlap substantially with this fonds.
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    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1990-138 DAP
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    Photographs: To be determined. Copyright: Various copyrights.

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