Owensboro Museum of Science and History collection on Wendell Ford

Abstract

The Owensboro Museum of Science and History collection on Wendell Ford (dated 1931-1998, undated; 11.13 cubic feet; 36 boxes, 1 folder, 1 item) primarily comprises correspondence, campaign material, event materials, memorabilia, photographs, scrapbooks, a photograph album, films, and other materials that document Wendell H. Ford's tenures as lieutenant governor, governor, and United States senator of Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Owensboro Museum of Science and History collection on Wendell Ford
Date
1931-1998, undated (inclusive)
Extent
11.13 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Governors -- Kentucky.
Lieutenant governors
Political campaigns
Presidents -- United States
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject or format and thereunder alphabetically or chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Brynne Stevens
Preferred Citation
2018ms065: [identification of item], Owensboro Museum of Science and History collection on Wendell Ford, 1931-1998, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Wendell Hampton Ford (September 8, 1924 – January 22, 2015) was born in Daviess County, Kentucky to Ernest M. and Irene Woolfork Ford. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1942 to 1943, leaving in 1944 to enlist in the army for service in World War II. He married Jean Neel on September 18, 1943 and they had two children – Shirley and Steven. After an honorable discharge in 1946, Ford returned home and graduated from the Maryland School of Insurance in 1947 to work with his father in the family insurance business. In 1949 he enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard serving actively until 1956 when he transferred to the inactive guard and then was discharged in 1962. Ford was active in civic affairs early on; he was the first Kentuckian president of the Jaycees in 1954, youth chairman of Bert T. Combs' gubernatorial campaign in 1959, and then Combs' executive assistant from 1959 to 1963.
In 1965 Ford ran as a Democrat for the Kentucky State Senate after being asked to by then Governor Ned Breathitt, beating Casper Gardner by a narrow margin to represent the Eighth District which included Daviess and Hancock counties. In 1967 Ford decided to independently run for Lieutenant Governor, winning the primary by another narrow margin, and won the general election while the Democratic nominee for governor, Henry Ward, lost to Republican Louie B. Nunn. While lieutenant governor he helped to rebuild the state's Democratic machine that helped him, among others, be elected.
In 1971 Ford made the decision to run for governor, against seven other candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary including Albert Chandler and his mentor Bert Combs. Ford won the general election and quickly began to reorganize executive departments and create a budget surplus for the state. Achievements during his tenure include increasing taxes on coal, gasoline, and corporations while exempting food from sales tax to increase the state's revenue. He expanded the state's education budget, applied funds to various construction projects across the commonwealth, and pushed for a six-year study on coal gasification and liquefaction after the 1973 oil crisis. Following his term as governor, Ford decided to challenge the republican incumbent Marlow Cook and won the 1974 election to the United States Senate.
His senatorial tenure spanned four consecutive terms, from 1974 to his retirement in 1999. He served on a variety of committees while in the Senate, including the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences, the Select Committee to Study the Committee System, the Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Rules and Administration as well as forming the Senate National Guard Caucus to advance the National Guard's capabilities and readiness. From 1991 to 1995, he served as the Majority Whip, and then the Minority Whip from 1995 to 1999. Achievements in the Senate include defending Kentucky's cash crop, tobacco, by exempting it from the Consumer Product Safety Act, opposing cigarette tax increases, sponsoring an amendment that would limit the amount of foreign tobacco imported by the United States, and working to improve airports and airlines across Kentucky and the nation. One piece of legislation is named for Ford, the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st century which is aimed at reducing aircraft noise, improving airline safety measures, and required airlines to better inform consumers about their performance which was signed into law on April 5, 2000.
Upon his retirement from the senate in 1999, he was the longest-serving senator in Kentucky history, serving for a total of 24 years. He was an inductee to the Kentucky Transportation Center Hall of fame in 2008 for his service to bettering the state's transportation infrastructure. In 2014, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away from the disease on January 22, 2015.
Scope and Content
The Owensboro Museum of Science and History collection on Wendell Ford (dated 1931-1998, undated; 11.13 cubic feet; 36 boxes, 1 folder, 1 item) primarily comprises correspondence, campaign material, event materials, memorabilia, photographs, scrapbooks, a photograph album, films, and other materials that document Wendell H. Ford's tenures as lieutenant governor, governor, and United States senator of Kentucky. Also included in the collection are materials pertaining to Ford, Ford's family and friends, and Ford's involvement with the United States Jaycees. This material was originally loaned by the Ford family to the Owensboro Museum of Science and History. In 2018, it was transferred by the family to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1968-1998, undated

Scope and Contents

The Correspondence series consists of correspondence regarding politics, holidays, events, thank you cards, Ford's birthday, and general topics sent by various people including politicians such as Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, ca. 1968-1998 and undated. Of particular interest is correspondence from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (1984), George Bush regarding a vote to aid Egypt (1990), the Close Up Foundation (1984, includes photograph), and the Owensboro Symphony (1997, includes a photograph). This series is arranged chronologically.

Circa 1968-1969

  • Box 1, folder 1
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1973-1974, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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1975

  • Box 9, folder 3
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1975-1981, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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1975-1990

  • Box 1, folder 4
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1976-1980, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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1976-1989

  • Box 1, folder 6
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1984-1998, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7-8
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Close Up Foundation thank you letter (includes photograph), 1984

  • Box 18, item 5
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Letter from George Bush on vote to aid Egypt, 1990

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Owensboro Symphony thank you letter (includes photograph), 1997

  • Box 18, item 2
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund thank you letter, 1984 November 10

  • Box 18, item 4
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Films, undated

Senator Muskie, undated

  • Item 1
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Department of Public Information, Governor Wendell Ford (two reels), undated

  • Box 17, item 1-2
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Unlabeled film, undated

  • Box 17, item 3
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Milwaukee convention # 4, undated

  • Box 17, item 4
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Ford Personal Documents, 1931-1991

Ford biography, 1991 January

  • Box 2, folder 14
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Ford report cards for 2nd and 8th-10th grades, 1931-1939, undated

  • Box 2, folder 15
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Gubernatorial Tenure, 1968-1974, undated

Scope and Contents

The Gubernatorial Tenure series consists of gubernatorial campaign material, material on events and awards, directories, a speech, and newspaper clippings. The Campaign Material sub-series primarily consists of committee materials; committee member information; information on campaign workers; expenses and contributions; campaign events; invitations; correspondence; Ford speeches on issues such as strip mining, pollution, a severance tax, drug abuse, campus dissatisfaction, participation in government and party, education, and law enforcement; poll numbers; Kentucky voter registration numbers; district numbers; schedules; reports; advertisement designs; advertisements; newspaper clippings; and expenses and contributions, 1970-1971. The Events and Awards sub-series consists of an invitation to a breakfast by the Owensboro Tourist Commission, a Commodore in the Fall of the Ohio River Navy commission, and documents pertaining to planning for the State Government Day, 1972-1974. The Other Gubernatorial Documents sub-series contains a Kentucky government directory and governor's staff assistants directory, a speech given by Ford to the Jaycees, and newspaper clippings on Ford's inauguration and a gasoline tax, 1968-1974 and undated. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder alphabetically.

Campaign Material, 1970-1971

1970

  • Box 1, folder 10
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1970-1971

  • Box 1, folder 11
  • Item 2
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1971

  • Box 2, folder 1-2
  • Box 9, folder 1
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circa 1971

  • Box 2, folder 3
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The Barnyard Follies, F.D. Roosevelt birthday dinner, 1971

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Newspapers on Ford's gubernatorial campaign, 1970-1971

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Newspaper articles on Ford's gubernatorial campaign and tenure, 1970-1972

  • Box 9, folder 5
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Events and Awards, 1972-1974

Breakfast by the Owensboro Tourist Commission, 1972 December 15

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Commodore in the Fall of the Ohio River Navy commission, 1974 September 13

  • Box 2, folder 6
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State Government Day, 1973-1974

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Other Gubernatorial Documents, 1968-1974, undated

Directory of staff assistants to the governors, 1974 March

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Kentucky government directory, 1968

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Jaycee speech, undated

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Newspaper clippings regarding Ford's inauguration and gasoline tax, 1971, undated

  • Box 2, folder 12
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Lieutenant Governor Tenure, 1966-1969, undated

Scope and Contents

The Lieutenant Governor Tenure series consists of campaign and events and awards material. The campaign material primarily consists of documents regarding district polls, district leaders, correspondence, planning, and participant name lists, 1966-1967 and undated. The events and awards material consists of a certificate of appreciation from the Kiwanis Club and programs from Jaycee, Cynthiana Leo Club, and Ashland Toastmasters Club events; a legislative conference; and the National Headquarters Building of the Council of State Governments dedication ceremonies; 1968-1969. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Event programs and certificate, 1968-1969

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Lieutenant governor campaign materials, 1966-1967, undated

  • Box 2, folder 13
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Memorabilia, 1971-1991, undated

Scope and Contents

The Memorabilia series contains gubernatorial and senatorial campaign material as well as undated campaign material and a wallet made for Ford by Mr. William Cooley. The Gubernatorial and Senatorial Campaign Memorabilia sub-series consists of buttons, flags, a tray, matches, and a nail filer, 1971-1974 and undated. The Undated and Miscellaneous Memorabilia sub-series contains undated campaign buttons, an undated campaign t-shirt and tie, and the wallet made for Ford, 1974 and undated. The wallet has related papers filed in box five, folder 11. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder alphabetically.

Gubernatorial Campaign Memorabilia, 1971

Governor campaign buttons, circa 1971

  • Box 7, item 3-4
  • Box 8, item 1
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Governor inauguration flags, 1971 December 7

  • Box 6, item 3-4
  • Box 6, item 5
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Senatorial Campaign Memorabilia, 1974, undated

Senator campaign buttons, 1974-1991, undated

  • Box 7, item 5-7
  • Box 7, item 1-2
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Senator campaign matches, 1974

  • Box 7, item 11
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Senator campaign nail filer, 1974

  • Box 7, item 12
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Senator campaign tray, 1974

  • Box 19
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Undated and Miscellaneous Memorabilia, 1974, undated

Campaign buttons, undated

  • Box 7, item 8-9
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Campaign tie, undated

  • Box 6, item 2
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Campaign T-shirt, undated

  • Box 6, item 1
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Wallet made for Ford by Mr. William Cooley, 1974

  • Box 5, folder 11
  • Box 36
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Photographs, Photograph Albums, and Scrapbooks, 1934-1997, undated

Scope and Contents

The Photographs, Photograph Albums, and Scrapbooks series comprises photographs, scrapbooks, and photograph albums of people and events during Ford's tenures as lieutenant governor, governor, and United States senator of Kentucky as well as Ford's friends and family and miscellaneous photographs. Several photographs have related correspondence and notes stored with them. The Ford Family and Friends Photographs sub-series consists of photographs of the Ford, family, and friends from ca. 1938-1959 and undated. Those shown in the photographs include Bob Salyers, E.M. Ford, Irene Ford, Betty John Ford, Don Neel, Jean Ford, Ford's grandfather, Ford's daughter Shirley Ford, Reyburn, Grandmother Minerva Ford, the Schenk family (Jean Ford's family), and Mrs. Carden. The Gubernatorial Photographs sub-series event photographs include Christmas, Democratic National Committee events, Ford and Princess Margaret at the Kentucky Derby, Ford giving speeches, Ford's governor inauguration, governors' conferences, a headquarters break in, Kentucky Mountain Laurel festivals, Nixon's inauguration, and other various events both identified and unidentified, 1971-1974 and undated. The Gubernatorial Photographs sub-series people and places photographs include Ford and family, Lieutenant Governor Carroll, Gene Darcy, Ford staff, Joel McRae, Dallas McKennon (autographed), police officers, an unidentified boy and girl, and the Kentucky capitol building, 1971-1974 and undated. The event photographs in the Lieutenant Governor Photographs sub-series include Ford speaking at a Memorial Day service, a Fredonia horse show, and a Lieutenant Governor's Purse event, 1967-1968. People depicted in the Lieutenant Governor Photographs sub-series include Ford and State representative Lewis Johnson, 1967-1968. Events depicted in the Senatorial Photographs sub-series include Ford's senator inauguration, Clinton's inauguration, Ford campaigns, Ford speaking at various events, Ford's swearing in, an Israel trip, Jimmy Carter campaign events, Ladies of the Senate events, White House events, the Henry Clay stamp dedication, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, the landing of the Viking Spacecraft, senate sessions, United Automobile Workers events, hearings and bill signings, and other various events both identified and unidentified, 1974-1997 and undated. The Senatorial Photographs sub-series people photographs contain both identified and unidentified individuals, 1974-1997 and undated. Those depicted in the photographs include presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush; Archbishop Iakovos; Pope John III; Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin; Queen Elizabeth; Billy Ray Cyrus and Governor John Y. Brown. Also depicted are various senators, representatives, and speakers of the house; Ford's staff and interns; and other officials and people. Officials and people who appear in photographs but whose names are not mentioned in the photograph listings include Senator Robert Byrd, Senator Mansfield, Robert Strauss, Speaker of the House Carl Albert, Tip O'Neill, Representative Rick Boucher, Nick Rahall, Richard Trumka, Representative Alan Mollohan, Missy Smith, Robert Spurlin, Ann Gorden, Larry Greathouse, Speaker Jim Right, Senator Don Inouye, Dennis Lavallee, Joe Rochrig, Don Ecken, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad, Betty Grissom, James C. Corman, S. Lee King, Charles T. Manatt, and Senator John Glenn. Autographs by Ford, Nancy Reagan, Mary Landrieu, Jennings Randolph, Governor John Y. Brown, Congressman James Corman, Lee King, Chuck Manatt, Henry Hodskins, Dan Kyle, Ray Cyrus, and Billy Ray Cyrus appear on photographs. The Miscellaneous Photographs sub-series consists of undated photographs of Ford with John F. Kennedy, a Jaycee delegation to Tokyo, the 1934 Kentucky House of Representatives, a little girl from the March of Dimes, an unidentified event at the Sea Pines Plantation, a plane named Merlin, and unidentified people and events, 1934 and undated. The Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks sub-series contains scrapbooks and photograph albums on Ford's lieutenant governor and governor inaugurations and tenures, 1957-1975 and undated; Reagan's inauguration, 1985(presented to Ford for his contributions as co-chairman to the Joint Congressional Committee on Presidential Inaugurals); and a general scrapbook containing materials on Ford's work with the Jaycees and various other miscellaneous people and events (1954-1958). Within the 1954-1958 general scrapbook are photographs of various people including Louie B. Nunn; Ford's sister, Betty Ford; and Miss America 1957, Marian McKnight. The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, cards, a political cartoon, correspondence, and various other documents. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject or format and thereunder alphabetically.

Ford Family and Friends, circa 1938-1959, undated

Bob Salyers and unidentified man, inspecting NYA projects in Kentucky, circa 1938

  • Box 35, item 4
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E.M., Irene, Young Ford, and Betty John, undated

  • Box 35, item 5
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Ford and Don Neel, circa 1942

  • Box 35, item 6
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Ford and Father E.M. Ford, undated

  • Box 27, item 67
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Ford and Jean Ford, 1943

  • Box 35, item 7
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Ford, Father, Grandfather, and baby Shirley, undated

  • Box 27, item 68
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Ford, Jean Ford, and daughter Shirley, undated

  • Box 35, item 8
  • Box 27, item 69
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Ford, Reyburn, and Shirley (?) at Christmas, 1959 December

  • Box 35, item 9
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Grandmother Ford Minerva, undated

  • Box 27, item 70
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Young Ford and parents with the Schenk family (Jean Ford's family), undated

  • Box 35, item 10
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Young Ford, E.M., and Mrs. Carden in front of 3rd Street Insurance Office, undated

  • Box 35, item 11
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Young Ford high school senior portrait, undated

  • Box 35, item 12
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Young Ford in uniform, undated

  • Box 35, item 20
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Young Ford portraits, undated

  • Box 35, item 13-18
  • Box 27, item 71
  • Box 10, item 22
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Young Ford with his baseball team, 1938

  • Box 35, item 19
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Gubernatorial Photographs, 1971-1974, undated

Events, 1971-1974, undated

Bid It, Buy It Auction, 1974 March 24-30

  • Box 30, item 43
  • Box 23, item 1
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Breakfast for senators at the mansion, undated

  • Box 29, item 62-68
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Christmas, undated

  • Box 22, item 12-13
  • Box 23, item 2
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Democratic National Committee meeting in Kentucky governor's mansion, 1973 October 25-26

  • Box 22, item 39
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Democratic Telethon, California trip, 1973 September

  • Box 22, item 14-38
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Derby Breakfast, undated

  • Box 24, item 1-3
  • Box 22, item 40-42
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Democratic National Committee Telethon, 1974

  • Box 25, folder 1-2
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Ford and Mrs. Ford at Secretaries Week luncheon, undated

  • Box 34, item 54
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Ford and Mrs. Ford at the First State of the Commonwealth Address, undated

  • Box 22, item 62
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Ford giving speech, undated

  • Box 34, item 49
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Ford giving speech on Kentucky crime fighting plan at Southern Governor's Conference, 1973

  • Box 23, item 3
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Ford governor inauguration, 1971 December 7

  • Box 20, item 1-100
  • Box 21, item 1-90
  • Box 26, item 1-5
  • Box 25, item 6
  • Box 35, item 75-76
  • Box 23, item 29-31
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Ford, Mrs. Ford, and Princess Margaret at the Kentucky Derby, 1974

  • Box 34, item 50-52
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Ford signing bill for the University of Louisville medical school, ca. 1974

  • Box 26, item 7
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Governor's Award Luncheon, undated

  • Box 24, item 5-6
  • Box 26, item 23
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Governor's mansion Christmas photographs, 1972

  • Box 27, item 1-10
  • Box 26, item 24-36
  • Box 25, folder 3
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Hardin County event, undated

  • Box 27, item 11
  • Box 26, item 37
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Headquarters break in, circa 1972-1973

  • Box 26, item 38-53
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Interlake, Inc., dedication of Bag House, 1972 May 31

  • Box 26, item 54-67
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Kentucky Derby, 1972 May 6

  • Box 10, item 17
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Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, 1972

  • Box 28, item 13-23
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Lake Tahoe, National Governor's Conference, 1973 June

  • Box 28, item 6-12
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Louisville Chamber of Commerce event, undated

  • Box 24, item 7-10
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Mount Laurel Queen and Ford, Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, 1973

  • Box 28, item 28
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National Governors' Conference, 1974

  • Box 27, item 12-19
  • Box 28, item 29-31
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Nixon inauguration, 1973 January 20

  • Box 28, item 32
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Owensboro Regatta, 1972

  • Box 24, item 11-12
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Patton Museum dedication, undated

  • Box 24, item 13
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Patton Museum Memorial Dinner, 1972 November 11

  • Box 24, item 14-22
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Presiding in house, undated

  • Box 28, item 34-40
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Remodeled house chamber, Kentucky State Capitol, undated

  • Box 28, item 41
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Southern Governors' Conference, 1973 September

  • Box 28, item 42-58
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Southwest Ribbon Cutting, 1974 June 7

  • Box 23, item 4
  • Box 24, item 23-39
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Tony Bennett, Kentucky Colonel conferral, ca. 1973

  • Box 29, item 31
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Walnut Hall Stud Farm, undated

  • Box 29, item 32-33
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Unidentified events, undated

  • Box 29, item 34-47
  • Box 27, item 72-87
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People and Places, 1971-1974 and undated

Boy on Ford's lap, undated

  • Box 22, item 11
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Dallas McKennon (autographed with Cincinnatus in quotation marks), 1972

  • Box 29, item 48
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Ford, undated

  • Box 34, item 58
  • Box 23, item 25
  • Box 35, item 1-3
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Ford and Lieutenant Governor Carroll, undated

  • Box 26, item 22
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Ford and Mr. Gene Darcy, undated

  • Box 22, item 59
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Ford and Mrs. Ford, undated

  • Box 34, item 53
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Ford and Mrs. Ford portrait, undated

  • Box 10, item 12
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Ford and Mrs. Ford at Ford's desk, undated

  • Box 22, item 60-61
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Ford and police officers with damaged car, 1972 September 17

  • Box 24, item 4
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Ford at desk, undated

  • Box 23, item 26
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Ford family portraits, undated

  • Box 27, item 64
  • Box 30, item 61
  • Box 34, item 55
  • Box 10, item 13-14
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Ford, Mrs. Ford, and Joel McRae, undated

  • Box 26, item 6
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Ford portraits, 1971, undated

  • Box 27, item 65-66
  • Box 30, item 62-65
  • Box 34, item 59-68
  • Box 10, item 15-16
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Ford signing documents, undated

  • Box 26, item 8-18
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Ford Staff, 1972, undated

  • Box 28, item 59-70
  • Box 27, item 20-26
  • Box 10, item 7-11
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Ford with bills to sign, 1972

  • Box 26, item 19-21
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Governor Ford, circa 1974

  • Box 23, item 24
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Jean Ford portraits, undated

  • Box 34, item 56-57
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Kentucky capitol, undated

  • Box 28, item 1-5
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March of Dimes, little girl, undated

  • Box 28, item 24-27
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Lieutenant Governor Photographs, 1967-1968

Ford campaign portrait, circa 1967

  • Box 30, item 66
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Ford speaking at Memorial Day services, Elizabethtown, 1968 May 30

  • Box 27, item 45
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Fredonia horse show, 1968 June 8

  • Box 29, item 56-61
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Lieutenant Governor Ford and Lewis Johnson, state representative from Hudson, Kentucky, ca.1968 June

  • Box 27, item 36-44
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Lieutenant Governor's Purse event, 1968 August 3

  • Box 29, item 55
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Senatorial Photographs, 1974-1997, undated

Scope and Contents

Officials in the Senatorial photographs include Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Mindy Gute, Emily Deter, Morgan Ford, Schlesinger, Drake, O'Leary, Harrison, Talmaqe, Robert Byrd, Schlesenger, [Heening?], Alan shepard, Neil Armstrong, Pete Conrad, Betty Grissom, Senator John Glenn, Missy Smith, Robert Spurlin, Ann Gorden, President Bush, Larry Greathuse, Senator Mansfield, Robert Strauss, Speaker of the House Albert, Tip O'Neill, Representative Rick Boucher, Rahall, Rumka, Representative Alam Mollohan,Speaker Jim Wright, President Carter, Senator Don Inouye, James c. Corman, S. Lee King, and Chalres T. Manatt If the photographs have three or less people identified in the photographs then the names are listed in the title.

Events, 1974-1997, undated

Banahan dinner, 1982 February

  • Box 32, item 1
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Bill Cox swearing in, undated

  • Box 32, item 2-5
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Clinton inauguration, 1993

  • Box 29, item 69
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Congressional Country Club, Ford and William Hobbs (Chairman of the Board at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.), 1979 October 18

  • Box 31, item 1
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Congressional dinner, undated

  • Box 32, item 6-8
  • Box 27, item 57-60
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Ford in Kuwait, 1991 March

  • Box 30, item 39-42
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Ford raising flag at Owensboro Federal Credit Union (autographed by Henry Hodskins, president), undated

  • Box 9, folder 9
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Ford senatorial campaign, Ford with unidentified man, undated

  • Box 33, item 48
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Ford senatorial campaign, United Automobile Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America event, undated

  • Box 27, item 51-56
  • Box 30, item 50
  • Box 32, item 59-64
  • Box 33, item 49-50
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Ford speaking at Coal Now event, undated

  • Box 23, item 10-11
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Ford speaking at John Y. Brown governor campaign event, circa 1979

  • Box 30, item 51
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Ford speaking at the Kentucky Historical Society, 1978

  • Box 31, item 2-3
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Ford speaking at the League of Women Voters, undated

  • Box 31, item 4
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Ford speaking at Tobacco and the 101st Congress event, undated

  • Box 30, item 52
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Ford swearing in, 1987 January 6

  • Box 31, item 5
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Governor's Breakfast, 1989 June 3

  • Box 31, item 6-7
  • Box 23, item 8
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Governor's Luncheon, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 1976 May 8

  • Box 31, item 8
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Hearings and bill signings, 1974-1980

Hearing of the senate sub-committee on communications, 1979 June 13

  • Box 31, item 9
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Space Committee, circa 1974-1980

  • Box 31, item 10-11
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Strip mine bill signing, circa 1974-1980

  • Box 31, item 12
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Unidentified hearings and bill signings, 1974-1980

  • Box 27, item 47-48
  • Box 31, item 14-40
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Unidentified hearings and bill signings, Ford, Judge Ballantine, Senator Huddleston, and Congressman Mazzoli, undated

  • Box 31, item 13
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Henry Clay Stamp Dedication, 1983 July 13

  • Box 31, item 41
  • Box 32, item 9-14
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Israel trip, 1976

  • Box 23, item 5
  • Box 30, item 44-49
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Jimmy Carter campaign event, undated

  • Box 32, item 15
  • Box 25, item 4
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Jimmy Carter campaign, Ford, Julian Carroll, and Rosalin Carter, undated

  • Box 32, item 16
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Jim Sasser dinner, 1979

  • Box 32, item 17
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JPC organizational meeting and GPO oversight hearing, 1997 March 13

  • Box 23, item 6
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Kentucky Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranch, Ford giving federal grant, 1980 July 4

  • Box 31, item 42
  • Box 27, item 49
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Ladies of the Senate events, 1979-1989, undated

Ladies of the Senate event (Mrs. Ford, Joan Moudele, and Rosalin Carter), 1979 April 10

  • Box 32, item 65
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Ladies of the Senate event (Barbara Bush, Jean Ford, Lady Bird Johnson), 1980

  • Box 32, item 66
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Ladies of the Senate event (Sergeant at Arms Marty Hoffman, Mrs. Hoffman, and Jean Ford), 1980 April 23

  • Box 32, item 67-69
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Ladies of the Senate event (Nancy Reagan, Ann Simpson, and Jean and Wendell Ford), 1982 May 4

  • Box 32, item 70-76
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Ladies of the Senate event (Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan autograph, Peatsy Hollings), 1985 April 19

  • Box 23, item 12
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Ladies of the Senate event (Nancy Reagan, Jean Ford, and Gail Wilson), 1986 April 15

  • Box 32, item 77
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Ladies of the Senate Luncheon (Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Jean Ford), 1987 May

  • Box 32, item 78
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Ladies of the Senate event (Nancy Reagan and Jean Ford), 1988 April 19

  • Box 32, item 79-80
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Ladies of the Senate event (Barbara Bush, Jean Ford, and Mike Heflin), 1989

  • Box 32, item 81
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Ladies of the Senate event (Nancy Reagan and Jean Ford), undated

  • Box 32, item 82
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Ladies of the Senate (Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Jeannette Prouty), undated

  • Box 32, item 83
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Landing of the Viking Spacecraft, 1976

  • Box 31, item 43
  • Box 31, item 44
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Lincoln Trail Area Development District's Tenth Year Anniversary celebration, 1978 November 15

  • Box 31, item 45
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Luncheon, 1989

  • Box 31, item 46
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National student/parent mock election, undated

  • Box 32, item 18-20
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Owensboro Symphony, 1997 June

  • Box 18, item 1
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Parade, undated

  • Box 27, item 50
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Phillip Morris Corporate Affairs Conference, 1980 January

  • Box 23, item 7
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Prime Minister Rabin Visit, 1993 November 16

  • Box 23, item 9
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Senate chamber, 97th congress, circa 1981-1983

  • Box 10, item 20
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Senate in session, 1982 January 26

  • Box 32, item 21-25
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Senate in session, undated

  • Box 32, item 26-27
  • Box 10, item 21
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United Automobile Workers, Community Action Program event, 1983 January-February

  • Box 32, item 58
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Unidentified events, 1978-1993

  • Box 32, item 28-57
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United States Senate, 102nd Congress, undated

  • Box 9, folder 15
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White House meeting (Ford and Ronald Reagan), 1981

  • Box 33, item 1
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White House visit (Nancy Reagan , autographed, and Jean Ford), 1983

  • Box 23, item 13
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White House luncheon (Nancy Reagan and Jean Ford), 1987 June

  • Box 33, item 2
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People, 1974-1997, undated

Ford, circa 1977-1982, undated

  • Box 33, item 3-29
  • Box 27, item 61-62
  • Box 30, item 53
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Ford at desk, 1976 July 27

  • Box 33, item 30
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Ford at desk, undated

  • Box 30, item 54
  • Box 33, item 31
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Ford campaign portrait, circa 1974

  • Box 35, item 29
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Ford in front of the U.S. Capitol, 1979 February 5

  • Box 33, item 32
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Ford in front of the U.S. Capitol, undated

  • Box 33, item 33
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Ford's staff and interns, 1975-1980

Ford interns, 1979 July 30

  • Box 33, item 34
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Ford staff, 1975 March 11

  • Box 33, item 35
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Ford staff, 1976 July 27

  • Box 33, item 36
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Ford staff, 1979 November 8

  • Box 33, item 37
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Ford staff, undated

  • Box 33, item 38-41
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Amy Bondurant, Martha Moloney, and others, 1978 July 12

  • Box 33, item 42
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Marsha Gombrell, 1975 June

  • Box 33, item 43
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Spaulding, Lebanon, and others, undated

  • Box 33, item 44
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Ford with army man, undated

  • Box 10, item 18
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Ford with Dr. Swain, University of Louisville, 1981 October 14

  • Box 33, item 45
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Ford with J.G. Labeau of Plaza Centers, Inc., circa 1988

  • Box 33, item 46
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Ford with Knife Trader Frank Stambaugh, 1980 October 14

  • Box 30, item 55
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Ford with man in bunny costume, undated

  • Box 33, item 47
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Ford with the Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year award winner, undated

  • Box 23, item 14
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Ford and unidentified group on Capitol steps, undated

  • Box 33, item 51
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Ford with unidentified man (may be related to Brescia College speech and hearing program document located under the Other Documents sub-series), 1980

  • Box 35, item 77
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Ford with unidentified men, undated

  • Box 33, item 52-53
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Ford with unidentified people, 1981 April 28

  • Box 33, item 54
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Ford with unidentified people, undated

  • Box 33, item 55-57
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Ford and Officials, 1975-1997, undated

Ford with Archbishop Iakovos and others, 1979 October 25

  • Box 23, item 15
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Ford with Bill Clinton, undated

  • Box 33, item 59
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Ford with Charlotte Baldwin, Mayor of Madisonville, 1980 February 28

  • Box 33, item 60
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Ford with Congressman James Corman, Lee Kling, and Chuck Manatt (autographed), undated

  • Box 33, item 61
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Ford and Congressman Dee Hiddleston, 1979 September 26

  • Box 33, item 62
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Ford with Damon Harrison, Jerry [illegible], and others, undated

  • Box 33, item 63
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Ford with Dan Kyle, undated

  • Box 34, item 41
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Ford with Dee Huddleston, Senate Appropriations committee hearings, 1979 May 8

  • Box 23, item 17
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Ford with FHA Administrator Bill Cox, undated

  • Box 33, item 64
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Ford with Fritz Mondale and Coopersmith, undated

  • Box 34, item 1
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Ford with George H.W. Bush, undated

  • Box 34, item 2
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Ford with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, 1978 September 19

  • Box 23, item 18
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Ford with Jennings Randolph and unidentified man, undated

  • Box 34, item 3
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Ford with Jennings Randolph (autographed), undated

  • Box 34, item 4
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Ford with Jimmy Carter, 1976 November 23

  • Box 23, item 16
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Ford with Jimmy Carter and Congressman Carman, 1978

  • Box 34, item 5
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Ford with Jimmy Carter and others, 1976

  • Box 23, item 19
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Ford with Jimmy Carter and Senator Inouye, 1980 July 22

  • Box 34, item 6
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Ford with Jimmy Carter and unidentified man, undated

  • Box 30, item 56
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Ford with Jimmy Carter, Senator Herman Talmadge, and Senator Sam Nunn, undated

  • Box 34, item 7
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Ford with Kentucky Energy Secretary William Sturgill, 1983 July 25

  • Box 34, item 8-9
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Ford with L.R. and Senator Hal Rogers, undated

  • Box 30, item 57
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Ford with Mary Landrieu (autographed), 1997

  • Box 34, item 10
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Ford and Nathaniel Jones at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 70th Annual Convention, undated

  • Box 34, item 11
  • Box 27, item 63
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Ford with officials, 1978-1989 and undated

  • Box 34, item 32-40, 42-48
  • Box 25, folder 5
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Ford with officials, 15th Annual Congressional Dinner, 1978 March 15

  • Box 23, item 22
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Ford with officials, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, 1978

  • Box 30, item 58-59
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Ford with officials, National Association of Plumbing, Hearing, Cooling Contractors, 1980 March 19

  • Box 23, item 21
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Ford with P. Whitney Webb and Ehrman B. Mitchell Jr., Celebration of Architects award, 1979 December 6

  • Box 23, item 20
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Ford with Queen Elizabeth, 1983

  • Box 10, item 19
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Ford with Representative Tom Foley and President Reagan, undated

  • Box 34, item 12
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Ford with Robert Byrd, Schlesinger, and sic. [Heering], 1979 June 12

  • Box 34, item 13
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Ford with Robert S. Strauss, 1975-1979, undated

  • Box 34, item 14-16
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Ford with Robert Strauss and others, undated

  • Box 34, item 17
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Ford with Robert Strauss and Speaker Albert, undated

  • Box 34, item 18
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Ford with Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, undated

  • Box 34, item 19-20
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Ford with Senator Huddleston, undated

  • Box 34, item 21
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Ford with Senator Huddleston, and Congressman Sharpe, 1979 September 26

  • Box 34, item 22
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Ford with Senator Huddleston and others, undated

  • Box 34, item 23
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Ford with Senator Lloyd Bentsen and Senator Tom Eagleton, undated

  • Box 34, item 24
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Ford with Senator Nancy Kassbaum and Hugh Haynie cartoon, 1979 April 31

  • Box 34, item 25
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Ford with Trinity Mondale and Coopersmith, undated

  • Box 34, item 26
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Ford with Vice President Rockefeller, swearing in, 1975 January 14

  • Box 34, item 27
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Ford with wife of Russian dissident, Avatole Schaeavsky, 1978 July 17

  • Box 34, item 28
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George Bush with bust, 1991 June 27

  • Box 34, item 29
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Governor John Y. Brown with wife Phyllis (autographed), undated

  • Box 34, item 31
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Jimmy Carter, undated

  • Box 30, item 60
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Paper belonging to lost photograph of Ford with officials at the contract signing for the first commercial-scale module of a plant to convert coal into a clean-burning solid fuel, undated

  • Box 23, item 23
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President Carter with Pope John III, 1980 January 11

  • Box 34, item 30
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Ron Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus (autographed), 1986

  • Box 9, folder 16
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Unidentified group of children, 1994 May 12

  • Box 33, item 58
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Miscellaneous Photographs, 1934, undated

Ford with John F. Kennedy and others, undated

  • Box 9, folder 12
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Ford with unidentified people, undated

  • Box 30, item 67
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Jaycee delegation to Tokyo, undated

  • Box 9, folder 13
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Kentucky House of Representatives, 1934

  • Box 10, item 6
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March of Dimes, Ford with little girl, undated

  • Box 9, folder 14
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Plane, Merlin, undated

  • Box 28, item 33
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Unidentified event at the sea pines plantation, undated

  • Box 35, item 21-26
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Unidentified events, undated

  • Box 29, item 49-54
  • Box 27, item 46
  • Box 35, item 27
  • Box 23, item 27
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Unidentified Kentucky event, undated

  • Box 35, item 28
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Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks, 1954-1985, undated

Ford governor inauguration photograph albums, 1971 December 7

  • Box 13, item 1-76
  • Box 22, item 1-10
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Ford governor scrapbook, 1957-1974

  • Box 16
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Ford governor scrapbook, 1971-1975 and undated

  • Box 14
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Ford lieutenant governor inauguration photo album, 1967 December

  • Box 29, item 1-30
  • Box 27, item 27-35
  • Box 24, item 40-79
  • Box 30, item 1-38
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Ford lieutenant governor scrapbook, 1966-1969

  • Box 12
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Reagan inauguration scrapbook, 1985

  • Box 15
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Scrapbook, 1954-1958, undated

  • Box 35, item 30-74
  • Box 23, item 28
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Senatorial Tenure, 1946-1997, undated

Scope and Contents

The Senatorial Tenure series comprises material related to senatorial campaigns, events, presidential inaugurations, the Middle East delegation on nuclear proliferation, and publications and directories, as well as miscellaneous documents, 1946-1997 and undated. The Campaign Material sub-series consists primarily of information on campaign staff, schedules, committee meetings, events, workers for events, staff information, campaign committee workers, mailing lists, a 1974 campaign manual, and newspaper clippings, 1974-1991 and undated. The Events sub-series contains invitations and pamphlets for a democratic convention, the centennial safe opening ceremonies, a Magna Carta presentation ceremony, Reach Out and Touch presented by the Harrodsburg Baptist Church youth choir, the vice chairman's dinner honoring the 1980 Corporate Affairs Conference, a reception for Ford, a centennial picnic, and the dedication of the old senate chamber, 1976-1986. The Inauguration Materials sub-series primarily consists of programs, invitations, a guide, maps, inauguration event invitations, tickets, and correspondence relating to the presidential inaugurations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, 1967-1997. Most of the inauguration correspondence relates to the inauguration of George H. W. Bush. The Middle East Delegation on Nuclear Proliferation sub-series primarily comprises schedules, memorandums, reports, correspondence, briefings, documents related to the topic of nuclear proliferation, passport and visa applications, cassette tapes, a delegation report to the senate on security and foreign policy interests per senate resolution 523, and Ministry of Electricity and Energy documents, 1971-1977 and undated. The Other Documents sub-series contains material on the Brescia College speech and hearing program; certificates and honors given to Ford from various Kentucky and national organizations; a commemorative pen of the signing of the S. 2401 for the establishment of home insulation safety standards; drawings of Ford; Ford's statements, addresses, correspondence, and press releases regarding busing, daylight savings time, energy, NASA research and technology, the Cambodia military support amendment, and gun control issues; political cartoons; health documents such as quarantine posters and a pamphlet on scarlet fever; Ford and Jean name cards; and Ford's honorary member card for the United States Senate Staff Club, 1975-1980 and undated. The Publications and Directories sub-series contains Democracy Versus Monarchism by Horace Marcus Coffey; Democratic Review, 1976 July-August; Stadium Concerts Review, vol. XXIX no. 1, 1946 June 17; and a United States Senate telephone directory, 1946-1979. The Senatorial Tenure series is arranged alphabetically by subject or format and thereunder alphabetically or chronologically.

Campaign Material, 1974-1991, undated

1974

  • Box 3, folder 11
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1986

  • Box 3, folder 1-3
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1991

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Undated

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Newspaper article on Ford's senatorial campaign, 1974

  • Box 9, folder 6
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Events, 1976-1986

Centennial Picnic (1880-1980), 1980 August 2

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Dedication of the Old Senate Chamber, 1976 June 16

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Events, 1976-1986

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Inauguration Materials, 1967-1997

1967-1989, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9-10
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Bush inauguration correspondence, 1988-1989

  • Box 3, folder 12
  • Box 4, folder 1-3
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1993-1997

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Middle East Delegation on Nuclear Proliferation, 1971-1977, undated

Delegation report to the senate on security and foreign policy interests per senate resolution 523, 1977

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Middle East delegation on nuclear proliferation, 1976-1977, undated

  • Box 4, folder 5-10
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Ministry of Electricity and Energy documents, 1976, undated

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Other Documents, 1975-1980, undated

Brescia College speech and hearing program (may be related to photograph located in box 35, folder 77), 1980

  • Box 23, folder 32
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Certificates and honors, 1976-1980

  • Box 5, folder 5
  • Box 9, folder 2
  • Box 10, folder 23
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Commemorative pen of the signing of the S. 2401 for the establishment of home insulation safety standards, 1978 July 17

  • Box 11
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Drawing of Ford, 1975

  • Box 18, item 3
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Drawing of Ford, Kentucky Coal Journal, 1980 September

  • Box 9, folder 8
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Ford statements, addresses, correspondence, and press releases regarding issues and legislation, 1975

  • Box 9, folder 10-11
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Health documents, undated

  • Box 5, folder 6
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Political cartoons, 1983-1989, undated

  • Box 10, folder 1-5
  • Box 18, item 1
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United States Senate Staff Club, Ford honorary member card, circa 1980

  • Box 5, folder 12
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Wendell and Jean Ford name cards, 1980, undated

  • Box 5, folder 13
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Publications and Directories, 1946-1979

Democracy Versus Monarchism by Horace Marcus Coffey, 1979

  • Box 5, folder 7
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Democratic Review, 1976 July-August

  • Box 5, folder 8
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Stadium Concerts Review, vol. XXIX . no. 1, 1946 June 17

  • Box 5, folder 9
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Telephone directory: United States Senate, 1975-1976

  • Box 5, folder 10
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