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Ford Opera House Incorporated collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 3206


This collection contains three ledger books of the Ford Opera House Incorporated of Baltimore.


  • 1918-1928


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Historical Note

Ford’s Grand Opera House, located on West Fayette Street in Baltimore, Maryland, was a major theatrical venue from it’s founding 1871 by theatre manager John T. Ford until its closing in 1964. Ford also owned Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination by John Wilkes Booth on April 9, 1865.

The Ford Opera House Incorporated was incorporated on July 27, 1918 under the laws of the State of Maryland. The corporation was established by John T. Ford's sons, John T. Ford Jr. and Charles Ford, along with James A. Richardson, to “conduct and operate theatres or playhouses; to conduct theatrical exhibitions and performances of every kind and character; to conduct dramatic, musical and operatic performances; [and] to carry on the business of furnishing entertainment to the public…” (Ford Opera House Incorporated Minute Book, 1918, MS 3206, Ledger 2).


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The ledgers are arranged by type and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kathleen Leary, June 2017. Accession # 2017-026-LIB.

Scope and Contents

The Ford Opera House Incorporated Collection consists of one box of three ledgers of the Ford Opera House Incorporated in Baltimore. The ledgers contain minutes and financial records dating from 1918 – 1928.

Guide to the Ford Opera House Incorporated collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-03: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States