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William Nicholson papers

Identifier: RHC-13

Scope and Contents

The William Nicholson collection documents his work as the appointments secretary for President Ford from 1974-1977. The collection includes personal notes and calendars, White House briefings, travel information, political reports, election information, and newspaper and magazine articles documenting Gerald R. Ford and his administration while in office.


  • 1974-1980


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Biographical Note

William Nicholson was the appointments secretary under President Gerald R. Ford from 1974 until 1977. In 1984, Nicholson left the White House and was brought into the Amway Corporation by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos to help restructure the company. Nicholson was the Chief Operating Officer of Amway from 1984 until 1992. He then stepped down from his position as COO and started splitting his work between Amway and other private companies. Nicholson later sat on the Board of Advisors for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Institute and the Board of Directors for Colorado Prime, Inc. and Genmar, Inc.


7.5 Linear feet (8 boxes, 3 envelopes)

Language of Materials



Organized in nine series: Series 1. Schedules and Itineraries; Series 2. Briefing Papers; Series 3. Magazines and Reports; Series 4. Memorandums and Correspondence; Series 5. Presidential Spokesmen; Series 6. Office of the White House Press Secretary; Series 7. White House / Government; Series 8. Election; Series 9. Books and Miscellaney.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1994.

Related Materials

Warren Rustand and William Nicholson Files at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States