Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Address and Contact Info
Library: 1000 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. (734) 205-0555. On the campus of the University of Michigan.
Museum: 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353. (616) 254-0400.
Web site: http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/
Online Finding Aid: http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/guide.asp
Archivists (principal contacts for advice on the collection):
Hours and usage restrictions
The research room is open all year, Monday through Friday except Federal holidays, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Visit the Library's website to begin your search for materials, but you will also want to email the archivists directly. The facility has an internal database called PRESNet, and archivists can use that to search for material related to your topic more thoroughly.
Once you are onsite, all finding aids are available to researchers, and they're very easy to use.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum is part of the Presidential Libraries System administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Materials include official documents (and audiovisual) from Ford's administration, plus papers from many staff members.
The Library has rather large lockers for researchers to use. Laptops and cameras are welcome; staff will even loan you a tripod if you need it.
No Internet available for your own computer, but they have 2 computers with Internet access.
Suggestions for approaching the material:
Housing and getting by for less in the area:
If driving, the hotels on Plymouth Road (including Microtel Inn, Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, Hampton Inn) are only a couple of miles from the Ford Library. Microtel Inn offers rates as low as about $50 per night, and they have complimentary van transportation around town (if needed).
The Library has free parking; they will give you a permit for your car.
Not far from the Library, there is a student commons that has several eating places, including a Quizno's (sub sandwiches) and a Panda Express (oriental food).