Date Original



This collection contains correspondence to Iva Jane Ford; as well as her husband, Sargent Badia Swayden, and other relatives. It also contains memorabilia from events and trips, photographic prints, photographic negatives, newspaper clippings, one complete and one partial scrapbook together dating from 1899-1953. The scrapbooks contain photographs of family, houses, vacations, and the family car. They detail family vacations: to Texas after purchasing their first car, as detailed in a related newspaper clipping; Christian, Mississippi; Brighton, Canada; and across Arkansas. They also contain wedding and graduation announcement newspaper clippings and invitations for family and friends.

Biographical/Historical Note

Iva Jane Ford (1908-1987) was born to Hiram Knox "H. K." Ford (1872-1949) and Emma May Leifer Ford (1881-1958) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Iva was close with her first cousins on her mother’s side, May Estelle Moore Keyes and Mildred Jean Leifer Nelson; and regularly corresponded with them, receiving letters, birth announcements, et cetera. She married Sargent Badia “Buddy” Swayden on June 15, 1942. They had no children of their own, but remained close to Iva’s aforementioned cousins and their families. Iva had a full social life; her social activities like parties and game nights as well as travelling plans were frequently reported in newspapers’ society columns. She and her family were active members of the Baptist church. Hiram Knox "H. K." Ford served as a deacon for the Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the time of his death. He was honored as a member of the church for fifty years. He also had an illustrious career in different institutions. He worked for the Karcher Candy Company, was the sewage manager for the city of Little Rock, was superintendent of the General Hospital in Little Rock, managed the Draughton School of Business, and later formed his own business school: Ford Business College.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Mississippi; Canada





Resource Type



Iva Jane Ford papers, MS.001054


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Iva Jane Ford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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