"Senator" Edward Hastings Ford Collection
Manuscript Collection 283

Description:
Papers, 1906-1951.
2.2 cubic ft.
Comedian and radio personality.
Family and publicity photographs, sound recordings and radio show transcripts of the vaudeville comedian who starred on the radio series "Can You Top This?" "Senator" Ford was a resident of Southold, N.Y.

Introduction

Edward Hastings Ford (1887-1970) was a vaudeville comedian and creator of Can You Top This?, a joke-telling radio show that aired on WOR-Mutual from 1940-1954. Mr. Ford was permanent member of the show's panel of joke-tellers, along with Joe Laurie, Jr, and Harry Hersfield. He added the prefix "Senator" to his name in his 20's to enhance his status as a performer. Senator Ford was famous for his "wit, dolleries and pronouncements of plain Yankee common sense, all reinforced with a dour demeanor."

Mr. Ford was a resident of Greenport, Long Island, New York. He died in 1970 of lung and throat cancer.

Biography: Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960, authored by Thomas De Long.

Collection Note

The "Senator" Edward Hastings Ford Collection was purchased in 1980 by the Special Collections Department. It contains approximately 2.2 cubic feet of material. The contents date from 1906-1951, and include correspondence, transcripts, cartoons, and publicity photographs. The collection consists of 5 series: Photographs, Scrapbooks, Correspondence, Pamphlets and Magazines, and Books.

The original order and folder headings have been maintained where applicable and re-created in other instances to assist researchers. The photographs within the albums and scrapbooks have remain intact. The descriptions are representative of the original captions found in the albums. All metal clips and fasteners have been removed, in accordance with accepted archival standards of preservation. These materials have been placed in acid free folders and containers.

Series I: Photographs

Box 1

Ford Family Photo Album (1 of 2)

Box 2

Ford Family Photo Album (2 of 2)

Box 3

Loose Photographs (1)
Loose Photographs (2)
Loose Photographs (3)
Loose Photographs (4)
Loose Photographs (5)
Loose Photographs (6)
Loose Photographs (7)
Loose Photographs (8)
Loose Photographs (9)
Family (1)
Family (2)
Family (3)
Family (4)
Family (5)
Family (6)
Family (7)
Family (8)
Family (9)
Family (10)
Family (11)
Family (12)
Family (13)
Family (14)
Family (15)
Ford Portraits
Ford Cartoons
Negatives
Celebrity Photographs (1)
Celebrity Photographs (2)
Celebrity Photographs (3)
Celebrity Photographs (4)
Celebrity Photographs (5)
Tin Types (1)
Tin Types (2)
1945 Program

Box 4

Can You Top This (1)
Can You Top This (2)
Can You Top This (3)
Can You Top This (4)
Can You Top This (5)
Can You Top This (6)
Can You Top This (7)
Can You Top This (8)
Can You Top This (9)
Can You Top This (10)
Can You Top This (11)
Can You Top This (12)
Can You Top This (13)
Can You Top This (14)
Can You Top This (15)
Can You Top This (16)
Can You Top This (17)
Can You Top This (18)
Can You Top This (19)
Can You Top This (20)
Can You Top This (21)
Can You Top This (22)
Can You Top This (23)
Can You Top This (24)
Can You Top This (25)
Can You Top This (26)
Can You Top This (27)
Can You Top This (28)
Can You Top This (29)
Can You Top This (30)
Can You Top This (31)
Can You Top This (32)
Can You Top This (33)
Can You Top This (34)

Box 5

Signed Photos
Loose Photographs (1)
Loose Photographs (2)
Loose Photographs (3)

Series II. Scrapbooks

Box 6

Scrapbook (1)
Scrapbook (2)
Scrapbook (3)

Box 7

Scrapbook (4)
Scrapbook (5)
Scrapbook (6)

Box 8

Scrapbook (7)
Scrapbook (8)

Box 9

Scrapbook (9)
Newspaper Clippings

Box 10

Cartoons
Cartoons (1) n.d.
Cartoons (2) n.d.
Cartoons (3) n.d.

Series III: Correspondence

Letters
Letters (1), Life Insurance
Letters (2)
Letters (3)

Series IV. Pamphlets and Magazines

Magazine (1)
Magazine (2)
Magazine (3)
Magazine (4)

Box 11

Magazine (5)
Magazine (6)
Magazine (7)

Box 12

Pamphlets (1)
Pamphlets (2)
Pamphlets (3)
Pamphlets (4)
Pamphlets (5)
Pamphlets (6)
Pamphlets (7)

Box 13

Pamphlets (8)
Pamphlets (9)
Pamphlets (10)
Pamphlets (11)
Pamphlets (12)