Presidential Libraries

Specifics of President Bush library at SMU detailed in court deposition

After more than a year of negotiations and delays, Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Library Foundation have reached substantial agreement on the terms for a presidential library and policy center on the campus, newly hired foundation president Mark Langdale said in a court deposition earlier this month.

Forbidden Children’s Books Under The Spotlight in NZ

Out of Reach – the forbidden bookshelf is a new thought-provoking event organised by Wellington City Libraries and the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). A week-long series of readings, displays and a celebrity debate will focus on the theme of banned, restricted or sanitised children's books. Out of Reach runs from 23 February to 1 March.

Bush (43) Library at SMU Still Under Protest

A group of Methodists is stepping up efforts to force a church vote in July on whether Southern Methodist University has the right to lease out land for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and policy institute.
Rev. Andrew Weaver, an SMU alumnus who is spearheading a fight against the land deal from New York, said he hopes to force a vote at a regional meeting in Dallas in July and persuade delegates not to ratify the mission council action. His group so far has collected about 11,200 signatures on a petition, he said.
More here: Bush Library at SMU Still Protested.

The Bush Library Contest: Where's the Vision? Where's the Artistry?

Let’s just say that Mr. Bush should be less worried about the test scores of America’s children and more concerned about their imagination. How are we going to compete with China and India if our people can’t think outside the box (or outside the outhouse)? The Chronicle wants your creative designs, and you have two weeks to finish them. Entries must be postmarked by February 1.

National Archives Tells Court Hillary's White House Records Ready for Bill Clinton's Review by January 2008

A Press Release From Judicial Watch says the National Archives told U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson during a December 17, 2007 court hearing that a portion of Hillary Clinton's White House office records will be ready for release by the end of January 2008; after which it will notify President Clinton. Under the Presidential Records Act, President Clinton has upon notice thirty days to review the documents. The National Archives will also provide a status report of President Clinton's review by March 1, 2008. The records include Hillary Clinton's White House daily schedule.

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.

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