This collection contains index cards prepared by Anne Kamstra documenting autograph requests for President Ford. Cards typically include the recipient’s name and address, requester’s name, suggested inscription, date of request, and date answered. Most requests are for signed photographs; some requests are for items provided by the requester, including programs, newspapers, and quilts. Occasionally, cards are accompanied by correspondence between Kamstra and other staff members discussing whether or not to fulfill the request, and if so, how.
The first two sections (“Special File” and “Unidentified Subset”) contain cards from the entire time period and are arranged alphabetically by recipient’s name. All other series are arranged by chronological periods, thereunder alphabetically by recipient’s name. Additional notes that were attached to the cards are located behind the card to which it pertains. Larger documents are housed in an oversized box located at the end of the series.
RELATED MATERIALS (October 2013)
Closely related materials are found in White House Central Files Subject File: PR 5 (Autographs – Photographs – Holographs).
6.9 cubic feet (approximately 47,000 cards)
Gerald R. Ford (accession number 1977-NLF-088)
Gerald Ford donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.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 Eryn C. Killian, October 2013