GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS
1,000 pages of Gerald R. Ford presidential papers. Documents include announcements, memoranda, agenda suggestions, agendas, talking points, attendance lists and background papers from Cabinet meetings. Also includes Warren Rustand's minutes for meetings from October 1974 to October 1975.
Much of the material deals with the winding own of American military involvement in Vietnam. Documents include agenda and minutes of National Security Council meetings. Topics include arms control, US military readiness, the Middle East, Angola, Vietnam, the Mayaguez, the Panama Canal, and the intelligence investigations.
Vietnam Documents include material from Intelligence reports, cables from Henry Kissinger, Ambassadors Bunker and Dean, transmissions during the April 29, 1975 Saigon evacuation.
Documents include material from the 1976 presidential campaign. Includes material drafted by Richard Cheney David Gergen. During the Ford Administration, Richard Cheney held the positions of Deputy Assistant and Assistant to the President for White House Operations, titles commonly referred to by the news media and others as "Deputy Chief of Staff" and "Chief of Staff." David Gergen, a former Nixon speechwriter, returned to the White House as special assistant to Ford's chief of staff, Richard Cheney. Gergen's primary responsibility was drafting presidential speeches and statements. Topics of the files include funding a campaign, campaign planning, use of television and radio, comments on the potential candidacy of Ronald Reagan, slowing Ronald Reagan's momentum, attacking Ronald Reagan's candidacy, explaining Reagan's victories in Texas and the caucus states, Barry Goldwater's advice, Ford's campaign strategy observations by George Will, debate strategies, campaigning in the South, and analysis of the campaign's perceptions, style, and themes.