Ford Opera House Incorporated collection
This collection contains three ledger books of the Ford Opera House Incorporated of Baltimore.
- Ford Opera House Incorporated (Organization)
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The collection is open for research use.
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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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- Damon Talbot
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- 2020-03-03: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.