News Notes for Ford Library Researchers - 2017

Upcoming Deadlines

September 15, 2018

Deadline for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grants. For more information about the grants contact Mark Fischer.

March 31, 2019

Deadline for the "Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert Teeter". For more information about the award please contact Jeffrey Senger.


September 28, 2018
The Library opened the Audio Diary Transcripts series in the Ron Nessen Papers for research [1.3 linear feet (ca. 2600 pages)]. The newly opened series documents Nessen’s account of day-to-day operations within the Ford administration as well as his relationships with other White House staff members. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library additional material in the Gerald R. Ford Scrapbooks collection for research [10 linear feet]. The newly opened material primarily documents Ford's life after he left the White House, but it does include some material related to his youth and his time in public office. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library processed the Sheila R. Weidendfeld Papers [18.25 linear feet (ca. 36,500 pages)]. This collection mostly documents Weidenfeld's tenure as the Press Secretary to First Lady Betty Ford, Mrs. Ford's activities, press operations, Weidenfeld's personal correspondence, and materials related to the writing of Weidenfeld’s book, First Lady’s Lady. This collection is temporarily closed under the terms of the donor's deed of gift.  View the collection's finding aid.

September 20, 2018
The Library opened the Telephone Call Logs series in the Betty Ford White House Papers for research [0.8 feet (ca. 500 pages)]. The newly opened series consists of White House telephone memoranda forms showing First Lady Betty Ford’s daily telephone calls. Handwritten information for each call includes designation of incoming or outgoing, time of day, name of person talked to, and possible action. View the collection's finding aid.

September 18, 2018
The Library opened the Frank Ursomarso Papers for research [11.4 linear feet (ca. 22,800 pages)]. The collection contains material concerning the operation of the White House Advance Office during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford and planning for foreign and domestic trips for President Ford and the First Family. It also includes material related a few vice presidential and post presidential trips, and Gerald Ford's state funeral..  View the collection's finding aid.

June 28, 2018
The Library opened the U.S. Department of State. Office of the Chief of Protocol. Ceremonials Division: Gerald R. Ford Condolence Books for research [3.9 linear feet (ca. 7,800 pages)]. The collection consists of condolence books from the U.S. Department of State and its various diplomatic missions around the world commemorating the death of former President Gerald R. Ford.  View the collection's finding aid.

June 15, 2018
The Library opened the Michael Kelly Policial Campaign Ephemera Collection for research [19.5 linear feet (ca. 39,000 pages)]. The collection consists of printed material and other memorabilia related to presidential campaigns from 1896 to 2008. It contains much material on well-known politicians such as Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, Eugene McCarthy, and Robert Kennedy. It also includes strong materials on minor political parties and obscure presidential candidates. Of interest will be the campaign literature on a variety of ideologies ranging from white nationalism to populism, libertarianism, socialism, communism, and Christian fundamentalism, as well as candidate literature for Homer Tomlinson, Gus Hall, Angela Davis, George Lincoln Rockwell, Lyndon LaRouche, and J Quinn Brisben.  View the collection's finding aid.

The Library opened the Robert E. Barrett Papers for research [3.35 linear feet (ca. 6,700 pages)]. The collection contains s correspondence, clippings, speeches, schedules, and other material related to Robert Barrett's post-presidential activities on behalf of President Gerald R. Ford. View the collection's finding aid.

September 28, 2017
The Library opened the Roy Wetzel Papers for research [47.3 linear feet (ca. 94,600 pages)]. The collection contains supporting materials collected by Roy Wetzel while making audio and video recordings of presidential national conventions and elections and other political events.  It also documents Wetzel’s activities as an NBC News executive and leader and innovator in the field of news media and political analysis. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library opened the Treasurer's Office Files of the President Ford Committee Records [185.1 linear feet (ca. 370,200 pages)]. This material documents the fiscal and budgetary issues associated with the operation of the President Ford Committee and during the 1976 presidential campaign.  View the collection's finding aid.

The Library opened the John E. Reinhardt Papers for research [8.6 linear feet (ca. 17,200 pages)]. This collection primarily documents Reinhardt's work as Director of both the United States Information Agency (USIA) and the United States International Communications Agency (USICA).  View the collection's finding aid.

The Library processed the Gerald R. Ford Personal Financial Papers [131.1 linear feet (ca. 262,200 pages)]. This collection documents Gerald Ford's personal finances and financial activities in and out of government service. It is temporarily restricted under the terms of the donor's deed of gift.  View the collection's finding aid.

September 22, 2017
The Library opened the Intelligence Subject File series of the John O. Marsh Files for research [6.8 linear feet (ca. 13,600 pages)]. The newly opened material concerns the congressional intelligence investigations, administration reforms of the intelligence community, and other intelligence matters.  View the collection's finding aid.

September 19, 2017
The Library opened the White House Social Files Bulk Mail Files for research [124 linear feet (ca. 249,200 pages)]. Previously only a series of sampled letters were available. The newly opened material consists of mail from the general public sent to First Lady Betty Ford, or to both President and Mrs. Ford, on a variety of topics, including Betty Ford's 60 Minutes interview, her breast cancer surgery, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Nixon pardon, and Mrs. Ford's prayer for Dr. Maurice Sage. It also includes holiday and occasion cards addressed to the Ford and requests for greetings for special occasions.  View the collection's finding aid.

The Library also opened for research the Nixon Pardon - Con (Unacknowledged) File, Watergate Defendents File, and additional material from the Nixon Pardon - Pro (Unacknowledged) from the White House Central Files Bulk Mail File [totally 336.1 linear linear feet (ca. 201,660 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

June 23, 2017
The Library opened the remaining series in the Betty Ford White House Papers for research [23 linear feet (ca. 46,000 pages)]. The newly opened series documents Betty Ford’s activities during her time as the wife of Vice President Gerald Ford and then First Lady. It includes correspondence and other materials related to trips, local events, state dinners, activities, family activities, and personal interests during the White House period. It also includes Christmas cards that the Fords received during the 1973 holiday season. View the collection's finding aid.

April 18, 2017
The Library opened the Jonathan D. Hoornstra Files for research [7.9 linear feet (ca. 15,800 pages)]. The collection contains material used by Jonathan Hoornstra in the course of his work on President Gerald Ford's daily news summary staff. View the collection's finding aid.

February 17, 2017
The Library opened the William G. Hyland Papers for research [39.7 linear feet (ca. 79,400 pages)]. Documents William G. Hyland’s post- government career, in particular his tenure as editor of Foreign Affairs but contains some material from his government service during the Nixon and Ford administrations, including his role as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1975-77. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library also opened for research the Nixon Pardon - Con (Acknowledged) File from the White House Central Files Bulk Mail File [5.7 linear feet (ca. 3,420 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

 

See News Notes for Ford Library Researchers for the year 2016