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Justina L. Ford Papers

Identifier: M1863

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a typescript and photocopy of magazine article about Ford written by Mark Harris from Negro Digest (March 1950); program from the ground breaking ceremony of the Ford-Warren branch of Denver Public Library (1974); photocopy of Ford's obituary (1952).


  • 1950-1974

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Justina Laurena Warren was born on January 22, 1871, in Knoxville, Illinois. Married Baptist minister John Ford (1892), moved to Chicago, Ill. and was a graduate of Hering Medical Collegeg (1899). She was the first licensed African American female doctor in Denver, Colo., and practiced gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics from her home for half a century. In 1950, Ford was allowed to join the Colorado and American Medical Associations; she also became a member of the Denver Medical Society and began working in the Denver General Hospital. At that time, she was still the only female African American doctor in Denver. Died October 14, 1952. Denver Public Library's Ford-Warren Branch Library was named in her honor.


1 envelope (5 items)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, DPL Archives, 2005.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Finding Aid for the Justina L. Ford Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States