December 28, 2006

A Tribute to President Ford

The staff of the National Archives joins me in sending the Ford family our heartfelt sympathy. President Ford was a man of enormous courage whose moral compass steered this country back onto a steady course soon after he became President. He was a consensus builder and a healer.

Since President Ford left the White House, he has been a leader and an advisor to the entire Presidential library family. He will also be remembered for working closely with the other former Presidents to advocate ideas and policies in the broad national interest. Although a passionate and successful partisan throughout his career in politics, his post-Presidential years will be remembered for his deep commitment to bi-partisanship and political civility. Americans will miss his wise and gracious counsel in addressing national issues.

Allen Weinstein's signature

Archivist of the United States

Condolence books for the public to record their thoughts and memories of President Ford have been provided at all of the National Archives Presidential Libraries. Their locations are listed below:

The Herbert Hoover Library, West Branch, Iowa
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York
The Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Missouri
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas
The John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts
The Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, Texas
The Richard M. Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, California
The Gerald R. Ford Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Gerald Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, Georgia
The Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California
The George Bush Library, College Station, Texas
The William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, Arkansas

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