The Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center preserves the history of Kentucky politics and government and provides access to primary source materials pertaining to public policy and the US Congress. Utilized by scholars around the world, the collection has been recognized as one of the finest and most thorough public policy repositories in the United States.
The Ford Center works closely with faculty whose teaching and research relates to our collections and collaborates with UK’s Martin School of Public Policy & Administration and the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Our collections contain the personal and political papers of prominent public figures from or representing Kentucky, with materials including correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, audio and video recordings, memorabilia, and more.
Browse our archival collections below, and search for corresponding oral histories in our online catalog and repository, SPOKEdb.
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Discover more Kentuckians' contributions to American legal discourse by visiting the John G. Heyburn II Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.
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