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Ernest B. Ford Papers

Identifier: A-0059
This collection includes manuscripts and published sheet music, correspondence, biographical materials, and manuscripts of two novels written by Ford.


  • 1937-1977


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


1.00 Cubic Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Ernest B. Ford was born in D'Lo, Mississippi on February 23, 1916. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1938. A lyricist, he collaborated on more than two hundred songs with many different composers. Among Ford's co-writers represented in this collection are Geoffrey O'Hara, J. Rosamond Johnson, Billy Mills, and Doc Bechtel. Ford retired in 1981 after serving 34 years as an advertising executive with the Houston Chronicle. Ford also owned Gulf Coast Music (publishing company). On April 16, 1991, Ford died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was buried in Houston at Forest Park Cemetery. Sources: Obituary. "Ernest B. Ford." Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. 19 April 1991: A2.


This collection consists of 95 items arranged in 16 folders and two clamshell boxes.

Method of Acquisition

Ernest B. Ford Papers

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository