The Gerald R. Ford Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public a rich body of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era, focusing on the Ford administration. It also offers a wide variety of special events, speakers, book signings, forums, educational workshops, films, and other programs. And, in addition to the permanent timeline exhibit on the lives of Gerald and Betty Ford, the Library mounts several small temporary exhibits each year.
The Library is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. Unlike other Presidential libraries, the Ford library’s library and museum components are geographically separate. The Library is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, while the Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 130 miles west of Ann Arbor.
The 1974-77 Presidential papers of Gerald Ford and his White House staff form the core Ford Library collection. These are supplemented by the pre- and post-presidential papers of Gerald Ford, the papers of Betty Ford, collections of Federal records, and more. Former government officials have donated personal papers, researchers in the period have given copies of research interviews, and private individuals associated with the issues and events of the time have given their materials.
Many important materials from our textual and audiovisual collections have been digitized and are now available online.
The Library is open to the public without appointment. Advanced consultation with an archivist is recommended to ensure that there are materials relevant to your topic and that those materials are open to research.
President Ford's life is told through a permanent exhibit of over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film.
Opens December 17, 2019
Included in this exhibition are photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly. Kennerly was President Ford’s personal photographer; many of the images included will show the remarkable access Ford granted Kennery. This exhibit is a reprise of the display that was on display in Grand Rapids at the Ford Presidential Museum.
All programs are held at the Library unless stated otherwise
|Exhibit in Ann Arbor|
Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford
Included in this exhibition are photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly. Kennerly was President Ford’s personal photographer, many of the images included will show the remarkable access Ford granted Kennery. This exhibit is a reprise of the display that was on display in Grand Rapids at the Ford Presidential Museum.
|Events in Ann Arbor|
|Thursday, January 14, 2021
4:00 PM (EST)
Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home
|Thursday, February 4, 2021
7:00 PM (EST)
Slavery in the President's Neighborhood: The Complicated Past and the Paradoxical Relationship Between Slavery and Freedom in the Nation's Capital
Matthew Costello joined the Association in November 2016 after completing his Ph.D. and M.A. in American history at Marquette University. His book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President was published by University Press of Kansas in fall 2019 and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.
Lina Mann first joined the White House Historical Association in 2017 as American University’s Public History fellow and came onboard as a historian in March 2020. She is interested in many different aspects of White House history, including her latest research on the enslaved individuals that built, lived, and worked in the White House.
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The Ford Library welcomes individual students and classes to visit the Library for educational opportunities. For those unable to visit the Library in person, you can still conduct research using online materials.
For further information, contact Stacy Davis: (734) 205-0563
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, conveniently located on the University of Michigan's North Campus, offers a prestigious venue for a meeting, reception, or dinner.
General availability for all spaces is Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 AM – 9 PM. Contact the Library for information about scheduling an event, rental fee structure, or to review regulations on use of the facility and the application process. Events must be consistent with the public perception of the Museum as an educational, research, or cultural institution (no weddings, proms, or similar events).
Call: 734-205-0555 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library accepts a limited number of college work-study students, interns, and volunteers each year to assist with processing, preservation, and digitization of textual and audiovisual holdings. Student workers, eligible for the College Work-Study Program at the University of Michigan, and interns are often graduate students in archival studies, while volunteers range from high school students to retirees.
For college work-study opportunities, contact Stacy Davis: (734) 205-0563
For intern and volunteer opportunities, contact Geir Gundersen: (734) 205-0556