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Gerald R. Ford Library

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.

Library Basic Facts:

Groundbreaking: January 15, 1979
Opened to the public: April 27, 1981
Cost of construction: $4.3 million
Square footage: 50,000 square feet
Staffing: 17 employees and contractors, plus volunteers, interns, and work study students

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday. 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
Closed all Federal holidays.

Admission

Admission and Parking is Free

Ann Arbor, MI

1000 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI  48109

734.205.0555

Collections

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.

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Many important materials from our textual and audiovisual collections have been digitized and are now available online.

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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.


Exhibits

Permanent Exhibit

President and Mrs. Ford

President Ford's life is told through a permanent exhibit of over 100 seldom-seen documents and photos, plus a biographical film.

Temporary Exhibit

Title Panel

Ford and Football: From the Gridiron to Super Fan
August 30, 2017 through January 2018

Upcoming Programs and Events - Ann Arbor

All programs are held at the Library unless stated otherwise

Date Event
  Exhibit in Ann Arbor
Through Winter 2018

Football and Ford: From the Gridiron to Superfan

“Football and Ford” examines the impact of football and sportsmanship on President Ford’s life. The exhibit features Ford’s offers from professional teams (Greenbay Packers, Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions), his early days on the field, and his life-long passion for University of Michigan football.

  Events in Ann Arbor
November 15, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Hank Meijer
Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century

Meijer presents an engaging biography that traces Vandenberg's evolution - from a young Michigan politician drawn toward isolationism to a decisive proponent of the United Nations and an enduring American world role.


December 5, 2017 7:00 p.m.

 David Martin and Mary Walsh
The New Cold War

Gerald R. Ford Journalism Award Prize winners for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense David Martin and Mary Walsh will discuss critical issues and complexities of present-day national defense. The CBS News team, Martin and Walsh, will explain that emerging threats like cyberwarfare and terrorism are only part of the “new war.” They contend that nuclear missions remain critical with the increased sophistication of technologies and installations.

January 31, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The Vietnam War Lecture Series
Richard Camp (Col. Ret.)
Ringed by Fire, the Siege of Khe Sanh

Hear Richard Camp recount his experience while serving in Vietnam during the 1968 TET Offensive.
The '68 TET offensive began with a barrage of artillery fire on the afternoon of 21 January. At that moment, the far-off "pop" of incoming rounds sent me racing to a trench a few feet from my above ground bunker. Within minutes a stretcher party loped past carrying one of my Marines, who had been struck by a piece of shrapnel. For the next three months my days were spent dodging artillery, mortar and rocket rounds, while preparing for an expected
North Vietnamese assault.


Education

Students and Classes

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


Facility Rental

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.

Venue highlights

library main lobby

Library Main Lobby

The expansive main lobby of the Library is an exceptional setting for dinners, special addresses, and receptions. A variety of permanent and temporary exhibits serve as an impressive backdrop.

Capacity: Sit-down dinner - 120 / Standing reception - 250

library auditorium

Auditorium

The 1,700 square foot stage and audio/visual equipped auditorium has the versatility to accommodate symposiums, educational presentations, cultural events, award ceremonies, and musical performances, among others.

Capacity: 200

library classroom

Classrooms

These areas are ideal for meetings and seminars where participants need a classroom atmosphere and set-up. The classroom can be divided into two rooms, with excellent layout possibilities.

Capacity: Full Room - 40

library courtyard patio

Library Courtyard

For seasonal functions, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library grounds are available. The patio, well-groomed lawn and garden backdrop offer the perfect venue for more casual company events.

More Information

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: ford.library@nara.gov

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College Work Study / Interns / Volunteers

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.

More Information

For college work-study opportunities, contact Stacy Davis: (734) 205-0563

For intern and volunteer opportunities, contact Geir Gundersen: (734) 205-0556