Gerald Ford's Life and Career

Gerald R. Ford’s life and career extended through most of the twentieth-century and generated a lot of material. Thanks to family, friends, colleagues, and admirers, thousands of objects representing every stage of Ford’s life are preserved for future generations. These artifacts paint a vivid portrait of a lifetime devoted to public service – from Boy Scouts of America to President of the United States. They reflect the struggles, challenges, accomplishments, and personality that endeared him to many people. Ford’s school days, college experience, service in the Navy, 25 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, selection as Vice President, ascent to the Presidency, and retirement come to life through a wide array of artifacts.