|Name||Ford, Frances Mary (Wiggins), 1854-1956|
|Occupation||Children's author, newspaper editor|
|Publications||The Little Engine That Could|
|Deceased where||Drexel Hills, Pennsylvania|
The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Elizabeth Chmiel seeking confirmation of the authorship of the story, "The Little Engine That Could," by Frances M. Ford. Chmiel, Ford's cousin, pursued this for seven years, 1949-1956. There are several newspaper and magazine articles that document the search for the true author of the story. Also included are two obituaries for Ford, as well as information concerning Chmiel's family.