This Web site explores the Ford administration’s role in the Helsinki Process and the establishment of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation Europe (or, U.S. Helsinki Commission). It also examines the implementation and legacy of the Helsinki Final Act as it relates to human rights in Eastern Europe. The text is supplemented with content from a digital library, which draws on materials from the collections of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) and the Open Society Archives (Budapest, Hungary).

Research was conducted at the Open Society Archives (OSA), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) in September 2011, with guidance from Csaba Szilagyi, Head of the Human Rights Program, and at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA), a unit of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, in November 2011. Documents from both institutions were digitized and uploaded to the online digital repository Parallel Archive, which is administered by OSA.

Mr. Schmidt is greatly appreciative to the Ford Presidential Library in allowing him the opportunity to spend a month conducting research at OSA, and to OSA for hosting his visit.