Gerald R. Ford Library

1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2114

www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov

 


 

 

 

Ford Personal and Post-Presidential Files

 

 

GERALD R. FORD SCRAPBOOKS, 1929-present

 

 

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

 

       Materials concerning Gerald Ford and his family, including: newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, invitations and programs and other memorabilia, and occasional correspondence and other manuscript material.  The earliest scrapbook dates from Mr. Ford's high school years, and throughout Mr. Ford's public life his staff has continued to compile scrapbook material. The material is both in bound volumes and loosely filed.  In each case the order is chronological.  Most scrapbook materials from 1929 to 1978 are available in microfilm via interlibrary loan.

 

QUANTITY

74 volumes; 20.8 linear feet (ca. 41,600 pages); 28 reels (15,318 frames)

 

DONOR

Gerald R. Ford (accession number 70-NLF‑012 and numerous accretions)

 

ACCESS

Open.  Some items are temporarily restricted under terms of the donor's deed of gift, a copy of which is available on request, or under National Archives and Records Administration general restrictions (36 CFR 1256).

 

COPYRIGHT

Gerald R. Ford has donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.  The copyrights to materials written by other individuals or organizations are presumed to remain with them.  Works prepared by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duties are in the public domain.

 

Prepared by Paul Conway, February 1988

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INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

            The Gerald R. Ford Scrapbooks provide an overview of Ford's public life from his high school through his post-Presidential years.  The seventy-four large bound volumes and over 40,000 pages of loosely filed items consist especially of newspaper and magazine clippings, but also included are photographs souvenir programs and invitations, holiday and courtesy messages, occasional notes and other correspondence, and assorted other memorabilia collected by Mr. Ford or his staff.  For the period 1929‑78, the contents are reproduced on 35 mm. microfilm and are available on interlibrary loan.  The microfilm edition is described below under a separate heading.

 

The scrapbook collection consists of several segments: bound scrapbooks, the many items that have come loose/unglued from the scrapbooks, the loose items that the post-Presidential office sends to the Library several times per year, and the 1929‑78 microfilm edition.  The order is generally chronological but not entirely so because there are several special subject scrapbooks and because the Library has received the material in piecemeal fashion.

 

As a group, the scrapbooks contain a significant number of unique items, printed matter not readily available elsewhere, and voluminous press coverage of Mr. Ford and his family.  Four volumes, assembled by Ford 1929‑48, relate to his early life through his election to Congress, including his wedding to Elizabeth Bloomer Warren in 1948.  Ford's office staff created thirty-four volumes during his service in the House of Representatives, 1949‑73.  Two additional volumes from the same period concern reviews of his book on the Kennedy assassination, Portrait of the Assassin (1965) and his congressional race in 1972.

 

Mr. Ford's staff continued to assemble scrapbooks on his career through his Vice Presidency, Presidency, and immediate post- Presidency.  This group of thirty-three scrapbooks, 1973‑78, provides an overview of Ford's activities and those of his family as reported by the national writing press.  Numerous local newspaper clippings document regional reporting on domestic trips, and there are sometimes foreign press clippings from overseas trips.

 

Scrapbook materials from 1978 to the present were never mounted in bound volumes.  They are a loose file of memorabilia and newspaper and magazine clippings.  About one-half of the clippings are from local papers and concern Ford visits.  The remainder are divided about equally between California dailies and weeklies and national press, especially the Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek.  Mr. Ford and his staff send scrapbook material to the Ford Library on a regular basis.  Library volunteers clip and file those items relating to Mr. Ford and his family.

 

 

The Microfilm Interlibrary Loan Edition

The microfilm edition is a reproduction of the contents of most of the 74 bound volumes and loose items from the period 1929 to 1978.  It is available on interlibrary loan, no more than five reels per order.  Appendix C summarizes the contents of each microfilm reel.

 

The volumes are reproduced one page per frame on 35 millimeter positive film.  For multi-page items, programs for example, only the title page and selected other pages were microfilmed. Memorabilia such as badges, pins and campaign buttons were not microfilmed.

 

The microfilm reel for each scrapbook volume has up to three segments, filmed in succession: the bound volume pages; the loose/unglued items from the volume; and the photographs that have been removed and transferred to the Library audiovisual unit.

 

 

Index of Correspondents

An index of correspondents is available for scrapbook volumes 2 to 35, January 1949 to October 1973.

 


 

Series Descriptions

 

Vol. 1A-70       Bound Scrapbooks, 1929‑79.

Bound volumes tracing Ford's life from high school through his first post-Presidential years.  Includes local and national newspaper and magazine clippings; foreign news clippings (vols. 59, 60, 65); programs, certificates, campaign buttons and other memorabilia; photographs; and scattered letters, notes, and other documents.  Items which have come unglued are now in boxes 1‑22 of the series described below.  Most but not all of these volumes and their loose items have been microfilmed. 

Arranged in rough chronological order, but there are anomalies.  The careful researcher will want to scan Appendix A.

 

1-50                 Unbound Scrapbook Items, 1949-Present

Scrapbook material similar to that described above.  Boxes 1‑22, for the period 1949‑79, consist of items that have come detached/unglued from the bound volumes above.  In 1979, the Ford Office stopped placing materials in bound volumes and began sending them to the Library in loose form.  These are in the later boxes. 

Arranged chronologically.  See Appendix B for box title list.

 

Reels 1-27        Scrapbook Microfilm Edition, 1929‑78

Microfilm edition of bound volume 1A‑70 and boxes 1‑22.  However, these photo album volumes are not included:  38, 61, 64.


                              APPENDIX A    List of Scrapbook Volumes

 

Volume                       Title                                                                            Reel

 

1A                               1929‑41, 1943                                                            1

 

1B                               1934‑48                                                                      1

 

1C                               Curbstone QB/Jaycees 1941                                        16

 

(California)                  Wedding 1948                                                             1

 

2                                 1949‑50                                                                      1

 

3                                 Jan. 1951- April 1953                                                  2

 

4                                 May 1953 - Dec. 1954                                                2

 

5                                 Jan. 1955 - March 1956                                              2

 

6                                 Feb. 1956 - Dec. 1956                                                3

 

7                                 Jan. 1957 - Dec. 1957                                                 3

 

8                                 Jan. 1958 - Oct. 1958                                                  3

 

9                                 Oct. 1958 - Aug. 1959                                                4

 

10                               Aug. 1959 - Feb. 1960                                                4

 

11                               Feb. 1960 - July 1960                                                  4

 

12                               July 1960 - Dec. 1960                                                 5

 

13                               Jan. 1961 - Dec. 1961                                                 5

 

14                               Jan. 1962 - July 1962                                                   5

 

15                               Aug. 1962 - Jan. 1963                                                 6

 

16                               Jan. 1963 - March 1964                                              6

 

17                               April 1964 - Jan. 1965                                                 7

 

18                               Jan. 1965 - May 1965                                                 7

 

19                               June 1965 - Oct. 1965                                                 8

 

Volume                       Title                                                                            Reel

 

20                               Nov 1965 - July 1966                                                  8

 

21                               Aug. 1966 - Feb. 1967                                                9

 

22                               Feb. 1967 - Aug. 1967                                                9

 

23                               Aug. 1967 - Dec. 1967                                                10

 

24                               Jan. 1968 - March 1968                                              10

 

25                               March 1968 - Aug. 1968                                             11

 

26                               Sept. 1968 - March 1969                                            11

 

27                               March 1969 - Sept. 1969                                            12

 

28                               Sept. 1969 - April 1970                                               12

 

29                               May 1970 - Dec. 1970                                                13

 

30                               Jan. 1971 - May 1971                                                 13

 

31                               May 1971 - Nov. 1971                                                14

 

32                               Nov. 1971 - June 1972                                                14

 

33                               June 1972 - Nov. 1972                                                15

 

34                               Nov. 1972 - April 1973                                               15

 

35                               May 1973 - Oct. 1973                                                 16

 

36                               Portrait of the Assassin, 1965                                       7

 

37                               Fifth District Campaign, 1972                                       15

 

38                               Photos of staff interns, 1970-73                                    not

filmed

 

39                               Oct. 1973 - Dec. 1973                                                17

 

40                               Dec. 1973 - Feb. 1974                                                17

 

41                               Feb. 1974 - Aug. 8, 1974                                            18

Volume                       Title                                                                            Reel

 

42                               Aug. 1974                                                                    19

 

43                               Aug. 1974 - Sept. 1974                                               19

 

44                               Sept. 1974 - Oct. 1974                                                19

 

45                               Oct. 1974                                                                    19

 

46                               Oct. 1974 - Nov. 1974                                                19

 

47                               Nov. 1974 - Dec. 1974                                               19

 

48                               Jan. - Feb. 1975                                                          20

 

49                               Feb. - April 1975                                                         20

 

50                               May - July 1975                                                           21

 

51                               July - Sept. 1975                                                          21

 

52                               Sept. - Nov. 1975                                                        22

 

53                               Nov. 1975 - March 1976                                             23

 

54                               March - June 1976                                                       23

 

55                               June - Aug. 1976                                                         24

 

56                               Sept. - Oct. 1976                                                         24

 

57                               Misc. Aug 1974 - Oct. 1975                                        27

 

58                               Grand Rapids Press Aug. 1974-Jan. 1976                  26

 

59                               Foreign Press Oct. 1974 - Sept. 1975                          26

 

60                               Far East Trip, 1975 (China, Indonesia,                         22

    Philippines, Hawaii)                                                              

 

61                               Photo album                                                                 not

filmed

 

62                               Invitations, awards, programs 1974‑76 (See

    boxes 18, 19)                                                           27

 

Volume                       Title                                                                            Reel

 

63                               Miscellaneous Oct. 1975 - April 1976                          27

 

64                               Photo album                                                                 not                                filmed

 

65                               Foreign press Oct. 1975 - Aug. 1976                           26

 

66                               Miscellaneous, April 1976 - Dec. 1978                        27

 

67                               Grand Rapids Press Jan. 1976-Aug.1978                     26

 

68                               Invitations, awards, programs 1976‑78 (See

    boxes 20, 21)                                                           27

 

69                               June 1977 - Dec. 1978                                                25

 

70                               Oct. 1976 - May 1977                                                 24A


APPENDIX B

Container List of Unbound Scrapbook Items

 

Container       Contents

 

1                      1949 - April 1955

 

2                      May 1955 - June 1959

 

3                      July 1959 - May 1960

 

4                      June 1960 - June 1961

 

5                      July 1961 - February 1964

 

6                      March 1964 - June 1965

 

7                      July 1965 - June 1967

 

8                      July 1967 - May 1968

 

9                      June 1968 - December 1968

 

10                    January 1969 - June 1970

 

11                    July 1970 - August 1971

 

12                    September 1971 - September 1972

 

13                    October 1972 - February 1973

 

14                    March 1973 - September 1973

 

15                    October 1973 - July 1974

 

16                    August 1974 - March 1975 (Look at Finland)

 

17                    Miscellaneous Items, 1976

 

18                    Invitations and Programs - Volume 62 (Nov. 1974-May 1975)

 

19                    Invitations and Programs - Volume 62 (June 1975-July 1976)

 

20                    Invitations and Programs - Volume 68 (May 1976-Oct. 1976)

 

21                    Invitations and Programs - Volume 68 (Nov. 1977-Jan. 1979)

 

Container       Contents

 

22                    Undated 1977 - November 1978

 

23                    December 1978 - March 1979

 

24                    April 1979 - May 1979

 

25                    June 1979 - September 1979

 

26                    October 1979 - February 1980

 

27                    March 1980 - June 1980

 

28                    July 1980 - September 1980

 

29                    September 1980 - Undated 1981

 

30                    January 1981 - April 1981

 

31                    May 1981 - September 1981

 

32                    September 1981 - December 1981

 

33                    January 1982 - March 1982

 

34                    April 1982 - August 1982

 

35                    September 1982 - December 1982

 

36                    January 1983 - February 1983

 

37                    March 1983 - May 1983

 

38                    June 1983 - September 1983

 

39                    October 1983 - December 1983

 

40                    January 1984 - February 1984

 

41                    March 1984 - June 1984

 

42                    July 1984 - September 1984

 

43                    October 1984 - December 1984

 

44                    January 1985 - March 1985

Container       Contents

 

45                    April 1985 - July 1985

 

46                    August 1985 - October 1985

 

47                    November 1985 - January 1986

 

48                    February 1986 - May 1986

 

49                    June 1986 - August 1986

 

50                    September 1986 - December 1986


APPENDIX C

Contents of Scrapbook Microfilm Edition

 

Reel                Scrapbook      Dates                                                  Total Frames

 

1                      1A                   1929‑41, 1943                                    534

1B                   1934‑48

--                     Wedding, 1948

2                      1949‑50

 

2                      3                      January 1951 - April 1953                   631

4                      May 1953 - December 1954

5                      January 1955 - March 1956

 

3                      6                      February 1956 - December 1956         472

7                      January 1957 - December 1957

8                      January 1958 - October 1958

 

4                      9                      October 1958 - August 1959               552

10                    August 1959 - February 1960

11                    February 1960 - July 1960

 

5                      12                    July 1960 - December 1960                 609

13                    January 1961 - December 1961

14                    January 1962 - July 1962

 

6                      15                    August 1962 - January 1963                641

16                    January 1963 - March 1964

 

7                      17                    April 1964 - January 1965                   533

18                    January 1965 - May 1965

36                    Portrait of the Assassin, 1965‑66

 

8                      19                    June 1965 - October 1965                   521

20                    November 1965 - July 1966

 

9                      21                    August 1966 - February 1967              550

22                    February 1967 - August 1967

 

10                    23                    August 1967 - December 1967            474

24                    January 1968 - March 1968

 

11                    25                    March 1968 - August 1968                  645

26                    September 1968 - March 1969

 

12                    27                    March 1969 - September 1969            621

28                    September 1969 - April 1970

 

Reel                Scrapbook      Dates                                                  Total Frames

 

13                    29                    May 1970 - December 1970               511

30                    January 1971 - May 1971

 

14                    31                    May 1971 - November 1971               544

32                    November 1971 - June 1972

 

15                    33                    June 1972 - November 1972               589

37                    Fifth District Campaign, 1972              

34                    November 1972 - April 1973

 

16                    35                    May 1973 - October 1973                  306

1C                   "Curbstone Quarterback" 1941

 

17                    39                    October 1973 - December 1973          695

40                    December 1973 - February 1974

 

18                    41                    February 1974 - August 8, 1974          431

 

19                    42                    Clippings, Aug. 1974                           648      

43                    Clippings, Aug. 1974 - Sept. 1974

44                    Clippings, Sept. 1974 - Oct. 1974

45                    Clippings, Oct. 1974

46                    Clippings, Oct. 1974 - Nov. 1974

47                    Clippings, Nov. 1974 - Dec. 1974

 

20                    48                    Clippings, Jan. 1975 - Feb. 1975         524

49                    Clippings, Feb. 1975 - April 1975

 

21                    50                    Clippings, May 1975 - July 1975         699

51                    Clippings, July 1975 - Sept. 1975

 

22                    52                    Clippings, Sept. 1975 - Nov. 1975      519

60                    Far East Trip, Nov. - Dec. 1975

 

23                    53                    Clippings, Nov. 1975 - March 1976    515

54                    Clippings, March 1976 - June 1976

 

24                    55                    Clippings, Jun 1976 - Aug. 1976          863

56                    Clippings, Aug 1976 - Oct. 1976

 

24A                 70                    Clippings, Oct. 1976 - May 1977        494

 

25                    69                    Clippings, June 1977 - Dec. 1978        479

 


Reel                Scrapbook      Dates                                                  Total Frames

 

26                    58                    Grand Rapids Press                            877      

Aug. 1974 - January 1976                  

67                    Grand Rapids Press

Jan. 1976 - August 1978                     

59                    Foreign News Articles

June 1974 - Sept. 1975                      

65                    Foreign News Articles

Sept. 1975 - Aug. 1976

 

27                    62                    Invitations and Programs                      536

August 1974 - July 1976                     

68                    Invitations and Programs

May 1976 - January 1979                   

57                    Miscellaneous Items

August 1974 - October 1975

63                    Miscellaneous Items

October 1975 - April 1976                 

66                    Miscellaneous Items

April 1976 - December 1978