Paul Leicester Ford:

An Exhibit Recognizing the Recent Gift to the University from Mrs. William R. Bailey

originally exhibited summer January-February 1998
Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina

text by Donald L. Kaplan
hypertext by Jason A. Pierce

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Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902) was the consummate bookman of the late nineteenth century. During his brief life, he successfully contributed to the world of letters through printing, bibliography, editing, scholarship, and fiction. This exhibit represents part of a gift recently made to the University by Mrs. William R. Bailey of Camden in memory of her husband, William R. Bailey. Bailey was the grandson of Rosalie Ford Barr, one of Paul Ford's older sisters. Mrs. Barr was close to Ford throughout his life; she also provided him with his only formal schooling. Later in his life, she furnished him with a much needed retreat to complete one of his best-sellers. The collection contains almost forty books and pamphlets pertaining to Ford, including inscriptions, photos, and letters, and additional material by Noah Webster, Ford's great-grandfather, Emily E. Ford, his mother, Worthington C. Ford, his brother, and other authors.







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