September 15, 2013
April 10, 2013
Deadline for the "Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert Teeter". For more information about the award please contact Elizabeth Druga.
NOTICE: Work is underway to replace the elevators at the Ford Library. The research room and lobby exhibits will remain open during the construction. All collections open to research will remain accessible to researchers.
There will be periods of loud noise and shaking, which researchers may find disruptive. We apologize for this inconvenience. Ear plugs are available for anyone who wishes to use them.
The project is expected to last roughly through the end of June.
April 26, 2013
The Library has completed the digitization of the Press Secretary's Press Briefing Transcripts series of the Ron Nessen Files. View the documents.
April 9, 2013
The Library has completed the digitization of the chronological series of the Presidential Handwriting File. View the documents.
April 9, 2012
The Library has posted a list of documents declassified in whole or in part through the Mandatory Declassification Review process during the months of October to December 2012. You can also see lists of documents declassified in earlier quarters. Researchers may contact us for additional information about the newly opened documents or to order copies. Please note that Mandatory Review is but one of the methods through which Ford Library documents are declassified. Many additional pages are opened each month through systematic declassification review and returns from the Remote Archive Capture project.
The Library has opened for research accretions to the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Subject File, FRB Staff Files, Name Correspondence Files, and Chronological File series of the Arthur F. Burns Papers. The FRB Subject File contains material related to the 1975 New York City financial crisis and vacancies on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, among other topics. View the collection finding aid.
The Library has also opened for research the National Security Council Staff Secretary Files, (1973) 1974-1977. The collection consists of a fragmentary chronological file of outgoing correspondence and memoranda along with a small subject file. Although occasional minutes of meetings or memoranda of conversations appear, the material is mostly routine in nature and the bulk of it concerns administrative matters. View the collection finding aid.
March 19, 2013
Nine additional issues of the student literary magazine The Pioneer (which also contain school news) have been opened in the collection Grand Rapids South High School Publications. They date from President Ford's senior year in high school and do contain some information about him.
March 15, 2013
The Library has completed the digitization of additional boxes of the chronological series of the Presidential Handwriting File. All documents from August 8, 1974 through August 2, 1976 are now available. View the documents.
March 15, 2013
One additional box of the Birge Watkins Files has been processed and opened to research. Box 10 contains a very complete set of typed daily schedules (with handwritten addtions and corrections) for Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs L. William Seidman. View the collection finding aid.
February 11, 2013
The Library has opened for research the Trip File series of the Arthur F. Burns Papers. The materials relate to trips made by Arthur Burns, primarily in his official capacity as the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany. Although most of the material is routine trip planning records, there is some substantial material related to diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union pertaining to Berlin, and relations between U.S. military bases in West Germany and the surrounding communities. View the collection finding aid.
January 9, 2013
The Library has completed scanning and database work and posted to the Ford Digital Library the Public Papers of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger covering the Ford Administration years. These pages contain many of Kissinger's public addresses, statements, remarks, testimony, and press conferences digitized from Department of State press releases or the publication Department of State Bulletin ("The Official Weekly Record of United States Foreign Policy"). View the Kissinger Public Papers.
January 2, 2013
The Library has opened for research the Robert Quartel Papers. This collection consists primarily of materials related to the 1976 Presidential Campaign, mostly letters from the public requesting information on President Fordís positions on issues, and the responses of the President Ford Committee Answer Desk to those letters. Also included is a series of Presidential Clemency Board reports documenting performance measurement and analyzing the process of deciding cases. View the collection finding aid.
The Library has opened for research the audiovisual portion of the Paul A. Theis Papers. The textual materials in this collection were opened in October 1999. View the collection finding aid.