De Ford, Miriam Allen, 1888-1975

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Birth 1888-08-21
Death 1975-02-22

Biographical notes:

Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) was a criminologist and scientist who often spoke out in favor of science and evolution and against religious fanaticism and capital punishment. Shipley also worked as an editor, speaker, and organizer for the Socialist Party alongside Eugene V. Debs. Shipley married Miriam Allen De Ford in 1921. Ford was a writer and eventually wrote about Shipley in a biography entitled Up-Hill All The Way (1956), also in the Tamiment Library.

From the guide to the Miriam Allen De Ford Papers Relating to Maynard Shipley, 1950s, undated, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

De Ford was a San Francisco author, suffragist, and feminist. She was married twice, first to William Armistead Collier, then in 1921 to Maynard Shipley, a Socialist writer and lecturer. She had numerous publications, the best known of which is her book, They were San Franciscans, published in 1941.

From the description of Miriam Allen de Ford papers, 1893-1954. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122583411

Miriam De Ford was born in Philadelphia in 1888 to a family of doctors. She graduated from Temple Univ. in 1911 and moved to San Francisco where she made her name as a suffragette and writer. De Ford wrote poems.

And essays, many of which were published in the Little Blue Book series. De Ford remained active in feminist and political causes throughout her life.

From the description of Papers, 1931-1975. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 145567004


De Ford was a suffragist, feminist, and writer. Collection includes correspondence, between De Ford and her second husband Maynard Shipley, 1872-1934, a writer and lecturer whom she married in 1921, and Shipley's correspondence; De Ford's 1905 diary and diary entries from 1939 to 1941; her autobiography; manuscripts of her plays, stories, and articles, including Feminism -- Cause or Effect?, written in 1933; birth certificates, marriage licenses, and divorce papers; academic records; portion of De Ford's will; photos; wills of Shipley and William Armistead Collier, her first husband; membership cards; clippings; 1906 Philadelphia High School for Girls yearbook; and material on Ella May Clemmons and Mrs Howard Gould. De Ford attended Wellesley in 1908, and was the youngest member of the Single Tax Society. Among her works were They Were San Franciscans and a biography of Shipley.

From the guide to the Miriam A. De Ford Papers, 1893-1954, (California Historical Society, North Baker Library)


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  • Women as authors
  • Literature--Women authors
  • Chinese in California
  • Woman--Suffrage
  • Socialists--United States--Biography
  • Women socialists--United States
  • Feminism
  • Prisoners--Examination
  • Women in California


  • Women authors, American--California--San Francisco


  • California--San Francisco (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)