Bound scrapbook with black leather binding and marbleized endpapers. Scrapbook contains 140 pages. Handwritten notations on first page read: "Edwin Ford / 37 Devon Road, / Chestnut Hill, Mass." and "Memorabilia of Professional Work / In whole or in part / 1896-1913." Remaining pages are filled with clippings of photomechanical prints from periodicals depicting room interiors. Many photographs note the home owner, location and architect. While some of the names noted were customers of A. H. Davenport Co., others have not yet been identified as such. These photographs may not reflect the work of the firm. Additionally, there is no indication of how much of the rooms' woodwork or furnishings shown were actually the work of either Ford or the company.

Names noted that are known customers of A. H. Davenport Co. include: J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); B. W. Arnold (Albany, NY); John Jacob Astor (New York, NY); Eben Sumner Draper; Charles Head (Manchester, MA); Clarence Mackay (Roslyn, NY); John R. McLean (Washington, DC); Northern Trust Chemical Bank (Chicago, IL); W. B. Thomas (Prides Crossing, MA); University Club (New York, NY); and The White House (Washington, DC).


Descriptive Terms

interior design
clippings (information artifacts)
photomechanical prints

Physical Description

1 scrapbook containing 140 pages (10 1/2 x 7 x 1 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection II

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code



10 1/2 x 7 x 1 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


Ford, Edwin (Compiler)

Material Type

clippings (information artifacts)
photomechanical prints

Other People

Ford, Edwin

Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Edwin Ford (1861-?) was a Boston-based artist and business person who spent part of his career associated with A. H. Davenport Co. Boston city directories from 1890 to 1897 show him and partner Frederick Brooks as the operators of a stained glass manufacturing concern, Ford & Brooks, located on Boylston Street. By 1899, the directory shows him first as a salesman at A. H. Davenport Co. and secondly as the operator of Ford & Brooks. This description continued through the 1904 directory. Ford and Brooks ceased operations by 1905. The 1906, 1907 and 1909 directories list him as "decorative artist" at 96 Washington St., the location of A. H. Davenport Co. The four directories dating from 1911 through 1914 list him as either "manager" or "general manager" at this same address. The 1915 directory shows no occupation for Mr. Ford; 1917 and 1922 directories were similarly blank. It may be that his employment with A. H. Davenport Co.terminated upon its ca. 1914 merger with Irving and Casson.