Presidential Libraries

When history gives you lemons

Anonymous Patron writes "The Sentinel Online - Editorial on the proposed presidentail library for James Buchanan, "the worst chief executive in the country's history."They author, Rich Lewis, says Yes, several presidents deserve consideration as the worst of all time because they were especially evil, incompetent, unpleasant or irrelevant.

But Buchanan wins the title because he scores well in all four categories."

Historians Ask Congress To Suspend Nixon Transfer

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Nixon historians have written Congress to request suspension of the transfer of Nixon Presidential library materials from the National Archvies to the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.
The Nixon historians assert, "The unprofessional behavior of the Nixon Library leadership calls into question that institution's fitness to join the Presidential Library system. The Nixon Library evidently feels free to toss aside, at its own convenience, its commitments to Whittier College and to the conference participants. A similarly cavalier attitude toward the commitments that the Library has made to the National Archives and to the Congress, in order to gain public funding for the transfer, would seriously jeopardize public access to and long-term preservation of invaluable historical records."

Scholars Suspect a Political Motive as Nixon Library Nixes a Conference on Vietnam Era

Anonymous Patron writes "The Chronicle of Higher Ed. is now covering The decision by The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace to call off an academic conference focusing on the history of President Nixon and the Vietnam War, citing financial considerations and a lack of interest.
Last week's cancellation of the event, which was to have been held April 28 and 29 in conjunction with nearby Whittier College, Nixon's alma mater, has angered many historians and scholars, who say the private library is seeking to squelch discussion about the Nixon presidency."

About the Nixon Library's Promise to Turn Over a New Leaf

Harsh Words from Stanley I. Kutler over at HNN on the canceled Nixon conference.

Nixon's Library Cancels Conference, Drawing Protests

One From The AP says The private administrators of Richard M. Nixon's library canceled a conference of historians on Friday, angering some participants who said the move was intended to stifle debate about Mr. Nixon's presidency. The library said financial considerations were the only reason.

Dallas probably will be site of Bush library

A Report Says The White House will invite proposals this spring from several Texas cities eager to snag the plum. But Bush insiders say the library will be in Dallas, on or near the campus of Southern Methodist University.

"The decision hasn't been officially made yet," one source said, "but anyone who understands George and Laura can see where it's going."

A second source said flatly: "It's going to be in Dallas."

A White House official suggested caution: "We're nowhere near any announcements or decisions or anything."

Another highly placed Bush source said former Commerce Secretary Don Evans, one of Bush's closest friends, has been tapped to head the library advisory committee.

Transfer of Nixon archives may be delayed

A Short Associated Press Piece says The transfer of Richard M. Nixon's papers and tapes to his presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif., may be delayed until 2007 because President Bush's budget proposal did not include money for it.

Tiger Shot and Killed Near Reagan Library

Anonymous Patron writes "All Clear! An elusive tiger that prowled through Ventura County near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was killed this morning in Moorpark, but its origin remains a mystery.

The tiger, weighing between 400 to 600 pounds, was sighted walking behind the houses and through the ravines around Highway 23. Nearby is Miller Park, with well-used soccer fields."

Big Cat Sightings at Reagan Library Backed by Tracks

Blake writes "Associated Press follows up on last week's must read Lions, Tigers & Bears Oh My story. A Ventura County Sheriff's Department helicopter was dispatched to investigate. But what some people thought was a lion turned out to be a lot slower - just a large boulder.

Game wardens have found tracks in area, which they say were made by an animal in the 400-to-600 pound range, far bigger than any native bobcats or mountain lions."

Clinton Library Opens Presidential Papers for Research

Anonymous Patron writes "U.S. Newswire : Releases : U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Clinton Library Opens Presidential Papers for Research": The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Ark., announced that it is making over 100,000 pages of Clinton presidential records available for research. They represent the first public release of Clinton presidential records since the end of the Clinton Administration. This opening is a collaborative effort between the National Archives and President Clinton to make records documenting his Administration available to researchers as soon as possible."

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