Ford's campaigns, voting record, bill sponsorship, speeches, newsletters, and press releases are documented, 1948-73. Ford's work on House committees to 1965, and as Minority Leader thereafter, is thinly documented with the exception of his membership on the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Warren Commission). The Ford office routinely destroyed many non-current files until 1964, when the University of Michigan approached Ford about the archival deposit of the papers now at the Ford Library. As a result, constituent and interspersed political correspondence, House Republican circulars and press releases, Republican Party publications and other reference material, special subject files, and travel and office administration files are extensive (or even extant) only from the early 1960s. See also the Ford Vice Presidential Papers, which include congressional era materials gathered during the confirmation process.
672 linear feet (ca. 1,344,000 pages) and 230 linear feet of printed materials
Gerald R. Ford (accession numbers 77-125, 77-127, and 77-130)
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).
Gerald Ford donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.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, March 1980
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