COLLECTION FINDING AID



WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL OFFICE

BULK MAIL FILES, 1974-76

Permanent Operating Offices




SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

This collection contains public opinion mail on a variety of topics that was sent to First Lady Betty Ford, and includes holiday greetings, and mail related to Betty Ford’s 60 Minutes interview and her breast cancer surgery.

The Ford Library saved an appropriate sample of general opinion mail from each of the major bulk mail subject areas, with the exception being Betty Ford’s 60 Minutes television interview, where staff saved all of the mail related to the interview. Presently, only a portion of the 60 Minutes interview material has been made available for research. The sample items retained by the Library illustrate the type, quantity, quality, and sentiments of the whole. A minimum one to two percent sample was preserved.

QUANTITY
66.6 linear feet, of which 13.4 linear feet (ca. 27,200 pages) is processed and open to research at this time

DONOR
Gerald R. Ford (77-NLF-113)

ACCESS
Some folders are open to research, while others are open upon request. Researchers should consult with an archivist prior to their visit in order to request that specific folders be added to the Library’s review-for-access queue. Even after the completion of this review 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).

COPYRIGHT
Gerald Ford donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.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.

RELATED MATERIALS (December 2012)
Samples of public mail were filed in the White House Central Files (WHCF) Subject File “General” folders. Weekly public mail tabulations and summaries are located in WHCF Subject File subcategory WH 4-1 and in the Robert Hartmann Papers, boxes 139 - 144. A sample of received telegraphs can be found in the collection White House Telegraph and Travel Section: Sample of Telegrams.

Individual staff office files document the activities of the First Lady’s staff. These include the files of: Russell Armentrout, Maria Downs, Elizabeth O’Neill, Susan Porter, Frances Pullen, and Sheila Weidenfeld. The Library also holds the personal papers of Betty Ford, Maria Downs, Peter Sorum, and Sheila Weidenfeld (unprocessed).

The White House Social Office maintained several other central filing systems. See collections beginning with “White House Social Office”.

Prepared by J.P. Schmidt, December 2012
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CONTAINER LIST

(Note: Folders with the titles struck through are not yet open to research, but can be added to the Library's review queue.)

Box 1 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings, 1974 (1)-(4)
  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings, 1975 (1)-(2)

Box 2 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings, 1975 (3)-(5)
  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings, 1976 (1)-(5)

Box 3 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings – VIP

Box 4 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 5 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings – VIP

Box 6 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 7 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 8 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 9 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 10 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 11 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 12 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings - VIP

Box 13 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings – Liberace, 1975
  • Christmas / Holiday Greetings – Liberace, 1976
  • Three-dimensional snowman

Box 14 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Pro (1)-(6)

Box 15 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Pro (7)-(11)

Box 16 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Pro (12)-(15)

Box 17 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (1)-(6)

Box 18 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (7)-(12)

Box 19 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (13)-(18)

Box 20 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (19)-(23)

Box 21 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (24)-(29)

Box 22 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Sixty Minutes Interview – Con (30)-(33)

Box 23 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Birthday (1)-(5)
  • Wedding Anniversary (1)-(8)

Box 24 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Birth Announcements (1)-(3)
  • Bar Mitzvahs (1)-(3)
  • Graduations (1)-(4)
  • Christmas Cards (1)-(3)
  • Nursing Home (1)-(3)

Box 25 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Breast Cancer Surgery (1)-(4)

Box 26 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Breast Cancer Surgery (6)-(11)

Box 27 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Breast Cancer Surgery (12)-(13)

Box 28 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Breast Cancer Surgery (14)-(18)

Box 29 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Betty Ford’s Breast Cancer Surgery (19)-(23)

Box 30 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Get Well Messages

Box 31 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Get Well Messages

Box 32 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Get Well Messages

Box 33 - Bulk Mail Files

  • Get Well Messages (1)-(2)
  • Betty Ford’s Birthday
  • Mother’s Day
  • Easter
  • Thanksgiving
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Fords’ Wedding Anniversary
  • Christmas Tree Decoration Requests (1)-(2)
  • Paw-tograph Requests (1)-(2)
  • VIP Messages / Greetings

Box 34 - Bulk Mail Files

  • CB Correspondence (1)-(4)
  • CB Memorabilia