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Media Access to the Presidency: 1974-1977 (ICPSR 8253)

Principal Investigator(s): Kerbel, Matthew R., University of Michigan


These data were collected through a systematic study of the Ford Administration's White House central files, located at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The collection catalogs the various requests for contact with the president which were made during his administration. To be included in the dataset, a given request had to be made by a professional journalist or news organization, specifically for a news interview with the president. Requests by private citizens, academics, authors writing books, corporations, and advertising agencies were not included. Similarly, requests for presidential photographs and brief recorded messages, as well as offers of free television time during the election campaign, were omitted.

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Study Description


Kerbel, Matthew R. Media Access to the Presidency: 1974-1977. ICPSR08253-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08253.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08253.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Gerald R. Ford Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    governmental elites, mass media, news media, presidents, Ford Administration (1974-1977), Ford, Gerald

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1974-08-09--1977-01-20

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-05--1983-08

Universe:    All media requests for interviews during the Ford Administration that are archived at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Sample:    Requests for presidential interviews from domestic, foreign, or college journalists or media organizations received during the term of President Gerald Ford.

Data Source:

Ford administration's White House central files


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-11-14



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