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Kristina Ford papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 587

Scope and Contents

The Kristina Ford papers contain multiple edited drafts of "The Trouble with City Planning," with annotations from her husband, author Richard Ford. Also included is a Michigan State University Spring 2018 commencement program and transcript of Ford's speech given during the graduation ceremony. Also included in the collection are two videocassettes: "City Planning Commission Overview Presentation" and Interview on WDSU, 1/9/00.


  • Creation: 2000 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Kristina Ford was the city planner of New Orleans from 1992 until 2000. Married to the author Richard Ford, Kristina has written two books, "Planning Small Town America," published in 1990, and "The Trouble with City Planning," published in 2010.

In 2016, Ford was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities from Michigan State University. She also spoke at the MSU commencement, and a copy of that speech is contained in this collection.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired in August 2016.


Two of the manuscripts had specific notes on their containers: "MS Sent to Yale 5/6/2009 then slightly changed (intro) and sent 6/6/2009" folders 8/15 and 9/15 "RF's final edits December 2009 and January 2010 Ileene's edits August 2009 KF's revisions-November 2009-January 2010" folders 10/15, 11/15, and 12/15.

Processing Information

Catharine Neely processed this collection in 2018.

Finding Aid for the Kristina Ford papers
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Catharine Neely and Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA