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.
Ford and Football: From the Gridiron to Super Fan
August 30, 2017 through January 2018
All programs are held at the Library unless stated otherwise
|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|
|October 11, 2017 7:00 p.m.||
Dr. Tony England, former NASA astronaut with the Apollo 13 and Apollo 16 Missions, and Spacelab 2, highlights the beginnings of the U.S. Space Program through the current growing privatization of space exploration.
October 17, 2017
Screening: The Vietnam War
Cokie Roberts will moderate a discussion with directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, about their PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War, in conjunction with the November 10 opening of the National Archives exhibit, Remembering Vietnam. This program will stream live on YouTube. Presented in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of L3 Technologies, Inc.
|November 1, 2017
White House correspondent Ken Walsh tells the story of the most exclusive club in photojournalism: personal photographers to the President of the United States.
|November 15, 2017
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
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.
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