Tag: Grand Rapids
We’re coming to the end of American Archives Month. This time, we’re heading back to the Midwest, up to Ann Harbor and Grand Rapids, MI. This Presidential Library belongs to a famous University of Michigan grad: Gerald Ford.
Name: Stacy Davis
Occupation: Archivist at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
How long have you worked at this library?
Ten years, but I have worked 15 years for the National Archives.
How/why did you decide to go into the archival field?
I found the archives field by accident. While I was finishing my undergraduate degree in History at Central Michigan University, I found out about an internship at the John F. Kennedy Library through a flyer. I got the job, and from that point I was hooked on archives!
What are some of your responsibilities at your library?
I participate in a wide variety of activities at the Ford Library. I am the manager of the Library’s digitization program, the ARC point of contact, Specially Protected Materials control person, student employee supervisor. I help monitor the research room, accession new materials, sometimes process new collections, and provide reference assistance.
What do you like best about your job?
I think what I like best is the variety of things that I get to do, and the people I get to work with. On any given day, I could be working with newly … [ Read all ]
Posted by Victoria on October 31, 2013, under Uncategorized.
Tags: American Archives Month, Archives Month, Captiol, dc, Grand Rapids, Maria von Trapp, model, President Ford, Stacy Davis, Yale
Happy American Archives Month! Throughout October, we’re running a series of “spotlights” on the many locations that make up the National Archives. Have you done research at a Presidential Library?
Unlike the other Presidential Libraries, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library—located in Ann Arbor, Michigan—is geographically separate from the museum, which is in Grand Rapids.
Despite the 130 miles separating these two locations, they form a single institution and share one director, as well as artifacts, documents, and other exhibit materials.
The library focuses on analysis and interpretation of history and policy. Ford and his cabinet’s 1974–77 Presidential papers make up the core of the 25-million-page textual collection and the 500,000-item audiovisual collection. Located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan, it features regular temporary exhibits that pull from the library’s collections.
Like all the Presidential Libraries and National Archives locations, the Ford Library is also a great resource for researchers. There are several oral history and artifact collections, extensive textual material, and some audiovisual materials. Research grants are also available: The Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award is given annually in honor of Robert Teeter, and multiple research travel grants are awarded throughout the year to defray travel, living, and photocopy expenses for researchers.
The museum makes the library’s collections and archives more accessible to the public and allow visitors to interact … [ Read all ]
Posted by Nikita on October 19, 2012, under - Presidents, National Archives Near You.
Tags: 1970s, Ann Arbor, Chapstick, Cold War, football, Gerald R. Ford, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Grand Rapids, kissinger, military, reaserach grants, research, rockefeller, Seventies, University of Michigan, Watergate