Presidential Libraries

NARA Seeks to Speed Processing of Presidential Records

Secrecy News reports that the National Archives is exploring new methods to accelerate the disclosure of records at Presidential libraries.

Archivists "decided to undertake an in-house study in the spring of 2007 to review ways to achieve faster processing of Presidential records," stated Emily Robison, acting director of the Clinton Presidential Library, in an October 2 declaration that was filed in a lawsuit brought against NARA by Judicial Watch.

Saudi's Gave $10 Million For Bush And Clinton Libraries

The Washington Post Reports Bill Clinton's presidential library raised more than 10 percent of the cost of its $165 million facility from foreign sources, with the most generous overseas donation coming from Saudi Arabia, according to interviews. The royal family of Arabia gave the Clinton facility in Little Rock about $10 million, roughly the same amount it gave toward the presidential library of George H.W. Bush, according to people directly familiar with the contributions.

Lewisville warehouse is new site for Bush records

Millions of records, photos and artifacts tracing the presidency of George W. Bush will move from the White House to a white North Texas warehouse by early 2009 under a recently awarded government contract.

"It is expected that the collection will be greater than the Clinton holdings, which consist of over 30,000 cubic feet of textual and non-textual holdings," National Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said by e-mail Wednesday. "The electronic component will also be greater than the Clinton administration holdings."

Bush Senior Library to Host Mitt Romney Speech

Republican Mitt Romney has decided to mirror the example of John F. Kennedy, who famously confronted questions about his religious faith and the presidency in a speech 47 years ago in Texas.

The former Massachusetts governor will speak Thursday about politics and his Mormon faith at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station. NPR reported this morning that the fact that Romney is a Mormon seems to have more of an effect on voters than the Mormonism of his father, George Romney, or Mo Udall of (Dem AZ during the 1970s and 80s).

Nixon Presidential Library to Release New Materials at the National Archives

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will release approximately 122,800 pages of historical materials from the Nixon presidency at the National Archives in College Park, MD.

Highlights include national security documents on U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Soviet Union, and on the Kurds. Also included are documents on the Vietnam War, on dealing with the terrorist Black September Organization, on producing the CIA’s Presidential Daily Brief, and on U.S. covert action in Chile. A selection of 15 documents from the release will be posted on the Nixon Presidential Library web site at www.nixonlibrary.gov.

Why New Laws Are Needed to Stop the Bullying of the National Archives

Maarja Krusten Says Even a President who believes that he governed honorably may struggle with his past. Governance is complex and politics messy. Laws demand disclosure of what really happened. Judges, such as the one who recently ruled on President Bush's order, assume that the National Archives can carry out this mission. But because some disclosures can be painful for presidents, they resort to bullying to halt them.

Clinton Foundation Raised $135 Million

Former President Clinton's nonprofit foundation raised more than $135 million last year as his wife ramped up her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to tax forms filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The foundation is not required by law to release donor information and the tax forms did not identify contributors by name. Officials said when Clinton's presidential library opened in 2004 that it would include a wall recognizing contributors. So far, that wall has not been installed.

Reagan Library staff works on inventory of 100,000 artifacts

Hundreds of visitors at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library wandered through the rooms and corridors of the museum this week, exploring the replica of the Oval Office, touring Air Force One and gazing at the thousands of artifacts on display.
On the surface everything seemed normal. But internally, much of the staff was hustling to make things right behind the scenes and in the vaults below the museum.

George W. Bush's Presidential Library

John Dean (Yes, That John Dean) asks Amid a slow, low-boiling, and mostly Texas-based controversy regarding the potential location of a future George W. Bush Presidential Library, a significant issue regarding such a future institution is being completely overlooked: Should there be federal support of the Bush Presidential Library, in light of the fact that President Bush has refused to comply with the 1978 Presidential Records Act?

Bush names SMU Presidential Library planner

President Bush has chosen a former next-door neighbor – Dallas hotel developer Mark Langdale, now the ambassador to Costa Rica – to run the foundation planning his presidential library at Southern Methodist University.

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