Ford Hall Forum Collection, 1910-2013 (MS113)


Ford Hall Forum Collection, 1910-2013 (MS113)


Ford Hall Forum


The Ford Hall Forum Collection documents the history of the nation’s longest running free public lecture series. The Forum has hosted some the most notable figures in the arts, science, politics, and the humanities since its founding in 1908. The collection, which spans from 1908 to 2013, includes of 85 boxes of materials related to the Forum's administration, lectures, fund raising, partnerships, and its radio program, the New American Gazette.


View the finding aid to the Ford Hall Forum Collection for more information (PDF).




Collection Items

Ford Hall Forum: Al Gore, “Earth in the Balance: The Environmental Crisis for Our Nation and Our World," [audio recording and transcript]
Al Gore, an American politician and environmentalist, provides an analysis of the environmental crisis and suggestions for individual and collective action in a forum entitled, “Earth in the Balance: The Environmental Crisis for Our Nation and Our…

Two seasoned politicians, Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and Senator Warren Rudman (R-NH), debate the winning factors, missing ingredients, lucky breaks and decisive moments of what should be a tight Presidential race. The forum was broadcast on…

Beyers Naudé's speech at the Ford Hall Forum, "South Africa," Parts 1 and 2 (audio recording and transcript)
Reverend Beyers Naudé, an Afrikaner and General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, discusses the future of apartheid in South Africa.

New American Gazette: “First Amendment Award Honoring Pete Seeger,” at Ford Hall Forum [audio recording and transcript]
Folk singer Pete Seeger receives the Ford Hall Forum’s First Amendment Award. He sang songs while discussing the Great Peace March and the value of the First Amendment. The forum was recorded in 1988 and later broadcast on the New American Gazette…

David Halberstam, the author of The Best and the Brightest and The Powers That Be, examines professional sports and their effect on American culture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist ponders the similarities between sports and politics, the…

Charismatic writer, poet and lecturer Maya Angelou addresses the value of the First Amendment with story, song and spirit. The best-selling author of I Know why the Caged Bird Sings reflects on the responsibility to speak for freedom's sake, in this…

Calvin Coolidge Press Conference (Parts 1 and 2) (audio recording and transcript)
Recording of a press conference given by former President Calvin Coolidge; the exact date and place are unknown. Coolidge discusses at length his family, growing up in Vermont, and his early political career in Massachusetts including the Boston…

The New American Gazette: An Evening with Robert Frost at the Ford Hall Forum [transcript]
Robert Frost, a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, addresses his views of America through readings of his poetry. The forum was originally recorded in 1961 and rebroadcast as part of the New American Gazette radio program on March 22, 1990. The…

Gloria Steinem&#039;s speech “Moving Beyond Words,” at Ford Hall Forum [transcript]<br /><br />
Transcription of a Ford Hall Forum that featured Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and co-founder of Ms. magazine. Steinem read excerpts from her book Moving Beyond Words and discussed child abuse as wells as economics.

The New American Gazette: Henry Kissinger with Gerald R. Ford at Ford Hall Forum [transcript]
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reviews domestic affairs and world events with former President Gerald Ford. They discuss U.S. foreign policy, issues facing the Soviet Union, and the situation of reform in…

Three weeks before he was jailed for leading peaceful protesters in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. King addressed the Ford Hall Forum in March 1963. His address, "The Future of Desegregation," coincided with the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.…

Transcript of the 1982 Ford Hall Forum&#039;s First Amendment Award featuring Maya Angelou
Transcript of an audio address delivered by honoree Angelou at the Ford Hall Forum First Amendment Award, titled "The Responsibility to Speak for Freedom’s Sake."

Transcript of a 2005 Ford Hall Forum featuring Sarah Vowell
Transcript of an audio address delivered at the Ford Hall Forum by author Sarah Vowell, titled "Assassination Vacation."

Transcript of a 2007 Ford Hall Forum featuring Paul Hawken and Steve Curwood
Transcript of an audio address delivered at the Ford Hall Forum by Paul Hawken and Steve Curwood. Talk titled "Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw it Coming."

Transcript of a 2007 Ford Hall Forum featuring Garrison Keillor
Transcript of an audio address delivered at the Ford Hall Forum by Garrison Keillor, titled "Pontoon: a Lake Wobegon Story."
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