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Page 14-Thursday, February 9, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Nat'1. Archives team sifts through Ford papers

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graduate student or professor."
. PROJECT employees, explained
Stewart, will compile a "Finding aid,"
"which will be available to those who
want to use the collection. Stewart said
the amount of paper is so great that
-"We don't relate to these materials the
way a librarian would to a book," and
the sorting process will follow "a kind
of inventory approach." The papers
alone occupy 7,000 cubic feet of

warehouse space, the approximate size
of a five-room house.
Other individuals connected with the
Ford administration have deeded
material to the library, such as William
' Seidman, director of the Council of
Economic Advisors under Ford.
"Right now, we are happy," said
senior archivist David Horrocks. "We
got the records of the Council of
Economic Advisors from the National
Archives."

SEVERAL WAREHOUSE shelves
are stacked with boxes labeled
"President's daily diary." Horrocks
explained that the diary is "really a
chronological account of the
President's day, virtually minute by
minute. It includes everybody he met
with, everyone he spoke to on the

mission. Ruth Burden, the Bentley
Library representative who talked to
Ford in 1964, wrote "Ford was a little
taken aback - he did not see himself as
history."
After Ford became Vice President in
1973, his records were transferred to
the Bentley Library.

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'Ford was a little taken aback-he did
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telephone." Only phone calls taken in
the Oval Office and visits to private
quarters are not recorded in the daily,
diary. For example, Horrocks said
former President Richard Nixon's
diary was used as a chronological index
to the famous tapes.
Ford firstbegan depositing his
papers in Ann Arbor in 1964. Those
early records include files gathered
during his stint on the Warren Com-

Ford gave the official papers of his
administration to the American people
after his defeat in the 1976 presidential
election. Under an agreement with the
National Archives, Ford decided that
his presidential papers would be sent to
Ann Arbor.
According to Horrocks, the Ford
collection contains no Oval Office tape
recordings. ''Not that we know of,"
concluded the archivist.

STORED IN THESE boxes is the "President's daily diary," a chronological
record of almost every minute of President Ford's day.
OSU awaits decision
on Russian exhibit

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Ohio State University (OSU)
Associate Provost Robin Wilson, still
waiting to find out whether his college
would host an exhibition of Russian art,
yesterday strongly supported the
University's stance on the Ann Arbor
showing. The art exhibition was can-
celled earlier this week.
The 150-piece exhibit, which is
finishing up a tour of midwestern
colleges, was scheduled for display on
campus from mid-February to mid-
March. Soviet officials decided to can-
cel the showing, however, after the
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festival..
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change their plans) would have been in-
tolerable," Wilson said. He,added that
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University did if faced with similar cir-
cumstances.
The day after the cancellation the two
Soviet officials in charge of the exhibit
flew to Columbus to investigate the
possibility of moving the show there for
the month-long period. OSU officials
said they would welcome the showing,,'
and they are simply waiting for a
response from Moscow. A decision is;
expected by early this afternoon.
"The decision is now with the
Russians.. The ball is in their court," x
Wilson said. The administrator also
said that the Soviet~ Embassy in
Washington has already approved -the
exhibition of the paintings at OSU.
Bret Wailer, director' of the Univer-.
sity's Museum of Art, said only that 'he
"will be very glad when it (the exhibit)
is on its way. It's in our way."

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