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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

The Gerald R. Ford Library has a rich collection of original materials for teachers to use in government, history, civics, geography, and STEM lessons, and student research for papers, reports, projects, debates and more.

We encourage students and teachers to begin their search here.

For more information, contact 616.254.0385 or email FieldTrip@nara.gov

Featured Documents

Check out our featured documents, updated quarterly, and see some of the rich materials we have in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

President Ford being sworn in

President Gerald Ford's Remarks after being sworn in as 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974.

Twenty-two years after leaving office, Gerald Ford wrote an editorial to the New York Times in support of Affirmative Action.

Betty Ford was an outspoken advocate for women's rights and a staunch supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.

One-Click History

One Click History provides educators with one to three documents and a simple activity to illustrate the theme.

Web Sites

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Programs and Activities

Advide the President Series

Using historical issues, this series provides educators with a unique way to teach students about historic topics and Presidential decision-making. Each book is accompanied by a Moderator's Guide to aid in effectively using this teaching tool. The deliberative process used in these materials helps students learn to explore and discuss an issue from multiple perspectives. It is a joint project of the Office of Presidential Libraries and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI).

National History Day

2016 – 2017 School Year Theme: Taking a Stand in History

Suggested topics from the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum:

  • Pardon of Richard Nixon
  • Desegregation (Willis Ward)
  • South Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement
  • Helsinki Accords
  • Title IX