Date Original

1953 April 6


This collection contains a letter/report written by Edsel Ford to W.J. Lemke.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edsel Ford, a well-established regional poet, was born December 30, 1928 in Eva, Alabama to farmers John Tilden and Nora Louisa Ford. Edsel attended public school in Rogers, Arkansas where he served as editor of the school's paper, The Mountaineer. Following graduating high school, he attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. While in college he won a Poets' Roundtable of Arkansas award; founded and edited the literary magazine, Avalaff; co-wrote a book of poetry in 1951 with his friend Carl Selph titled Two Poets; and published The Stallion's Nest in 1952. Upon graduating from college Edsel was drafted into the Army, where he wrote several poems that appeared in Stars and Stripes and where later re-published in his work. This was My War. Edsel's won the Kaleidograph Book Competition for his manuscript "The Man-child from Sunday Creek" in 1956. In 1958 Edsel returned to his parents' farm where he edited a poetry column for The Ozarks Mountaineer. Edsel's most significant work "Looking for Shiloh" was awarded the Devins Memorial Award in 1968 Kansas City Poetry contest and was published by the University of Missouri Press. Edsel never married and died on February 19, 1970 following exploratory surgery that revealed a large brain tumor; he is buried at Benton County Memorial Gardens, Rogers, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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"Report from Germany," by Edsel Ford, SMC.068.001


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

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"Report From Germany," by Edsel Ford, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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