News Notes for Ford Library Researchers - 2016

Upcoming Deadlines

September 15, 2017

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

September 30, 2017

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.


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.

December 28, 2016
The Library opened the Gerald R. Ford Post-Presidential Office Files for research [742.4 linear feet (ca. 1,484,800 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library also opened an accretion to the Gerald and Betty Ford Special Materials collection for research [39.75 linear feet (ca. 79,500 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

September 22, 2016
The Library opened for research the Nixon Pardon - Pro (Unacknowledged) File from the White House Central Files. Bulk Mail File [53.3 linear feet (ca. 32,000 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

September 16, 2016
The Library opened for research the Alexander M. Schmidt Papers, 1967-90. The collection contains materials relating primarily to the administration of food and drug regulatory policy in the United States on such topics as the drug approval process; the introduction of new drugs into the marketplace; over-the-counter drugs and self-medication; new treatments and therapies for cancer, stroke, diabetes, and influenza; food safety; and food additives and additives in veterinary food products. [48.1 linear feet (ca. 85,400 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

February 23, 2016
The Library opened for research the William S. Ballenger Papers, 1971-77. This collection contains materials relating primarily to the recommendation, application, and appointment of individuals to senior positions, advisory committees, and councils within the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). Also included are documents regarding the process, politics, and policies of appointments to the committees and councils, as well as background information about organizations [6.7 linear feet (ca. 13,400 pages)]. View the collection's finding aid.

The Library opened for research the Edward Randall Architectural Drawings of Gerald and Betty Ford's Rancho Mirage Home, 1977. This collection consists of a complete set of construction drawings for Gerald and Betty Fordís post-Presidential home in Rancho Mirage, CA. The drawings include site plans, elevations, and construction details, and covers structural, mechanical, electrical, landscape, and swimming pool elements. The home was designed for the Fords by the Los Angeles firm Welton Becket Associates. Edward Randall was the swimming pool sub-contractor for the project [34 drawings]. View the collection's finding aid.

See News Notes for Ford Library Researchers for the year 2015