Presidential Libraries

Bush library fundraising has surpassed $300M goal

Bush library fundraising has surpassed $300M goal
George W. Bush has already surpassed his goal of raising more than $300 million to support his presidential library. A Bush spokesman said the foundation will not name the financial backers though it plans to name some later. The largest single contribution in the past year was $25 million.

Man stole FDRs speeches from presidential library in Hyde Park

Man stole FDR's speeches from presidential library in Hyde Park
With a published presidential historian locked in a Maryland jail cell, federal officials are trying to determine how he allegedly stole hundreds of historic documents, including seven signed speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt taken from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

Will Bobby Kennedy's Papers Be Heading to JFK Library?

BOSTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Archivists are preparing to make public 63 boxes of Robert F. Kennedy's papers kept secret for 40 years, Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library said.

The decision to open the 63 boxes was reached March 1 after years of efforts to persuade Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel, to give control of his papers to the library, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Library Director Thomas J. Putnam said archivists should finish organizing and declassifying the papers in six months to a year.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/12/Archivists-preparing-Robert-Kennedy-papers/UPI-580...

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But according to another story in today's New York Times, family members are having second thoughts about where the papers should be housed and are considering moving them elsewhere because they believe that the presidential library has not done enough to honor the younger brother’s legacy.

Many of the papers, dealing with Cuba, Vietnam and civil rights, are classified as secret or top secret. There are also 2,300 other boxes covering every stage of Robert Kennedy’s life, including his years as a United States senator and attorney general, most of which have already been opened for research.

Nixon Library To Take the Spin Out of Watergate

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- History is being restored at the Richard Nixon Library, where the Watergate exhibit once told visitors nearly four decades after the scandal led to his resignation that it was really a "coup" by his rivals.

For years the library exhibit that retraces the former president's notorious saga was a target of ridicule, panned for omissions and editing that academics and critics said shaped a legacy favorable to the tainted 37th president.

On Thursday, archivists will present a revamped and expanded version of the exhibit at the Yorba Linda CA library, a $500,000 makeover they say is faithful to fact, balanced and devoid of political judgment.

"What we tried to do is lay out the record and encourage visitors to come in ... and draw their own conclusions," said Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives.

More from the AP.

Alderman proposes site for Obama library

Alderman proposes site for Obama library
Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson says she thinks she has found the perfect site for the Barack Obama Presidential Museum and Library.

JFK library to put all its records online

JFK library to put all its records online
The presidential library commemorating the life of US President John F Kennedy is digitising every scrap of paper, video, audio and artefact it possesses.

The project is the largest undertaken by one of the 13 presidential library.

Nixon Tapes Reveal Multiple Biases Against Minority Americans

New tapes revealed at the Nixon Presidential Library contain recorded conversations where the disgraced former president says negative and hateful things about Jews, blacks, Italian- and Irish-Americans among others.

Groundbreaking for GW Bush Library

Former President George W. Bush basked in the glow of a friendly audience Tuesday as former Vice President Dick Cheney and others praised his legacy during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of his future library in Dallas.

Former President George W. Bush breaks ground for his library with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , Laura Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney. An invitation-only crowd of 3,000 witnessed the event. [ed- love the shovels]

Cheney, slimmed down and walking with a cane, said public sentiment is already starting to shift on Bush's eight years in the White House.

"When times have been tough and the critics have been loud, you've always said you had faith in history's judgment, and history is beginning to come around," Cheney told Bush during an hourlong program at SMU Tuesday morning. Dallas News.

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

Get Ready for the G.W. Bush Institute

DALLAS — A new exhibit will give the public its first glimpse of some of the artifacts in the archives of former President George W. Bush.

Artifacts on display in Dallas will include the bullhorn Bush used when he visited ground zero days after Sept. 11 and the pistol taken from Saddam Hussein when he was captured.

The free exhibit, "Breaking New Ground: Presenting the George W. Bush Presidential Center," opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 6 at the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University, where the center will be built.

Ground will be broken next month on the center, which will include the presidential library and the George W. Bush Institute. The center is expected to be open by early 2013.

On the subject of the book and public appearances from GWB:

"I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight," he said. "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge."

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