Official Photographer, Community Events Committee, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Dedication Committee


This collection consists of textual and audiovisual materials related to the planning and execution of community events held in conjunction with the dedication of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in September 1981. The textual materials, which consist of press releases, schedules, correspondence, agendas, and minutes, document the work of the Gerald R. Ford Museum Dedication Committee’s Community Events Committee headed by Peter Secchia. These events celebrated the opening of the Ford Museum, and included a lecture series, fireworks, and the dedication ceremony, among others. There is also a significant amount of material in the collection related to the week-long “Celebration on the Grand” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which took place at the same time as the dedication.

The audiovisual series consists primarily of 35mm and 70mm color negatives of photographs taken by Mr. Haldaman in his capacity as Senior Photographer for the Historical Committee for the Gerald R. Ford Museum Dedication Week. They depict the dedication of the Ford Presidential Museum as well as events held during the corresponding “Celebration on the Grand.” Events include the Grand Rapids trout and salmon contest; Gerald R. Ford Stamp Collection viewing and auction; Ford Museum Presidential Parade; Bob Hope television special; and fireworks displays.

1 linear inch (ca. 150 pages), 48 contact sheets, 1178 negatives, 18 slides, and 2 photographic prints

James D. Haldaman (accession number 2005-NLF-046)

Open. Some items may be 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).

James D. Haldaman donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.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.

Related Materials (January 2012)
Several collections document the Ford Presidential Museum including: Gerald R. Ford Commemorative Committee: Records, 1977-84; Gerald R. Ford Museum Re-dedication Committee: Records, 1996-97; Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Dedication Committee, Inc.: Financial Records, 1981-82. These collections are currently unprocessed and unavailable for research.

Prepared by J.P. Schmidt, June 2012; updated by Elizabeth Druga, June 2015.


Committee Files, 1980-81.  (Box 1, 1 linear inch)

Arranged chronologically.

Photographic Materials, 1981. (Box AV1, 48 contact sheets, 1178 negatives, 18 slides, and 2 photographic prints)

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