At the same time that Ford was working hard to organize and catalogue numerous manuscripts, he was also involved in reprinting texts for scholarly use. Shown here is Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States: Published during Its Discussion by the People, 1787-1788. Brooklyn, N.Y.: n.p., 1888 (#4 of 500). One page presentation inscription to Rosalie Barr.
This interesting collection of 14 pamphlets published during the years of 1787-88 included both Federalist and anti-Federalist texts. Up to this point, anti-Federalist tracts had remained in a state of oblivion.
To amass the necessary information to edit these documents, Ford visited several European libraries.
Ford was also involved in a printing club, which was quite the rage within educated circles in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Along with his father, Gordon Lester Ford, and his older brother, Worthington, Ford set out to make available to scholars and libraries important but little known works and manuscripts. The source of much of this material was the family library. These separate texts were ultimately included in fifteen volumes of Winnowings in American History. Shown here is a pamphlet edited by Ford entitled An Account of a Plan for Civilizing the North American Indians, Proposed in the Eighteenth Century. By John Daniel Hammerer. Winnowings in American History: Indian Tracts, 1. Brooklyn, N.Y.: n.p., 1890.
This book was probably the first Loyalist orderly book published. Its vivid descriptions of camp conditions, day-to-day existence, and regulations governing camp life, during the Revolution made it a very important historical text.
From 1890-93, Ford co-edited the Library Journal, shown here. His growing renown as an editor and bibliographer qualified him for such a position, but his friendships with Richard Rogers Bowker, the publisher of Publisher's Weekly and theLibrary Journal, and Melvil Dewey, the president of the New York Library Club and creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, certainly helped him gain this position. During his tenure on the magazine, Ford advocated the most progressive ideas of the day: free access to book shelves, cooperative buying on the part of libraries, the formation of union catalogs, the collecting and indexing of neglected research materials, and the introduction of inter-library loans.
In this speech given to the members of the Century Association, Ford recounted his experiences cataloguing the Graham collection and stated through this process he had grown to know not only Graham's books but also Graham.