Gerald and Betty Ford Historical Photographs, 1884-1974
Gerald Ford in 1914
Gerald and Betty Ford's wedding in 1948
The primary mission of the White House Photographic Office was to supply all the photographic needs of the President, the Vice-President, and the White House staff, especially the Press Secretary. The Photographic Office was responsible not only for photographing the Ford family and Ford Presidency but also for filling all photographic requests from journalists and others. Early in the Ford administration, the Photographic Office borrowed numerous historical photographs from President and Mrs. Ford and reproduced them to use in answering such requests. As they received specific requests during the course of the administration, the Photographic Offfice copied additional photographs belonging to the Fords and added them to this collection.
The primary focus of the collection is President and Mrs. Ford's lives prior to their move into the White House. Included are photographs covering his childhood, high school and college years, service in World War II, and homes in which he lived. Another facet of the collection is early photographs of Betty Ford's family and her early life. Later photographs cover their wedding, their children, Mr. Ford's work as a member and later Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and his Vice Presidency.
The Ford Library has other early historical photographs of the Fords which are not included here. Contact the audiovisual staff for more information.