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Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

1000 Beal Avenue

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. Current holdings include 25 million pages of memos, letters, meeting notes, reports, and other historical documents. Also there are one-half million audiovisual items, including photographs, videotapes of news broadcasts, audiotapes of speeches and press briefings, film of public events, and televised campaign commercials.

The 1974-77 presidential papers of Gerald Ford and his White House staff form the core 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.

The Library serves students of all ages, scholars, mass media production staff, government officials, journalists, and others regardless of national citizenship. The Library is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, Gerald Ford's alma mater (B.A., 1935).

The Library is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency. Unlike other Presidential libraries, the museum component is geographically separate from the library/archives. The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 130 miles west of Ann Arbor, in Gerald Ford's hometown and the congressional district he represented from 1949-73. Despite the separation, the library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.


John Reinemann

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
A Presidential LIBRARY. Remember that the President Form MUSEUM is not here; it's in Grand Rapids MI. Most people assume the two facilities are co-located, and Ford's are not. As a Presidential library, this is a great facility with material, research rooms, and related space; BUT it also has some conference and meeting rooms, and there's a small amount of view-able, "museum-like" material as well. A Presidential library a lot like Ford himself: low-key and functional but with some nice touches that enhance things.

Andy Helms

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
This was great as a short stop while in town for another reason. The facility was clean, accessible, and interesting. Lots of documents and small exhibits that were really interesting to look over. If you're interested in history at all, I would definitely recommend planning an hour to visit.

Craig Washington

Friday, March 17, 2017
It was great to see documented, the humble sincerity of a great leader. Sometimes we get so much misconception from tv comedies that sight is lost to the true character of a man who did so much. Unselfish, and without any egotistic agenda

Scott Louzon

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017
No one is ever here and I don't know how it's called a library, because there is no place to study and there is no books. It's a small museum.

David Martel

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Hail to the Victor! Library also has a great reception area and conference rooms.

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