Presidential Libraries

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."

Presidential Library Smack Down

Hawaii...or Illinois? (some might suggest elsewhere...)

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that Hawaii has an early lead in pitching the islands as the future home of President Barack Obama's library, museum and think tank. However yet another Illinois-Hawaii smack-down is brewing over where it will actually end up.

The Hawaii Legislature has sent the White House a joint resolution that it passed last session urging Obama to pick Hawaii as the site for his library. Officials at the University of Hawaii are creating working groups in the next few weeks that will study a wide variety of issues, including finding a suitable site for the complex, designing it, deciding how to best manage the archives, designing museum exhibits and learning how best to create a related academic program and research center.

And on Sunday a Hawaii delegation led by Reed Dasenbrock, UH vice chancellor for academic affairs, will fly to Washington, D.C., to meet with the head of the presidential library division of the National Archives and to Little Rock, Ark., to meet with the director of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Clinton Foundation.

A Look Back: Watergate Exhibit Becomes a Point of Contention at Nixon Library

Now that the Nixon Library is controlled by the National Archives, some library supporters have firmly objected to how the incident that caused Nixon to leave the presidency is presented there.

The National Archives put together searing recollection of the Watergate scandal, based on videotaped interviews with 150 associates of Richard M. Nixon, an interactive exhibition that was supposed to have opened on July 1. But the Nixon Foundation — a group of Nixon loyalists who controlled this museum until the National Archives took it over three years ago — described it as unfair and distorted. The Foundation does not have veto power and by law serves only in an advisory role. The final ruling will be made by officials of the National Archives within the next few weeks.

The foundation’s objection has left the exhibition in shadows, both figuratively and literally. The sign says “Please excuse our dust: We are currently building a new Watergate gallery.” New York Times reports.

JFK Library archives will go digital

According the Boston.com, the digital archive will be launched on January 20, 2011, the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s inauguration.

The Library is the first one to go from hard copy to digital. Of the 13 presidential libraries only two, Clinton’s and Bush’s, were “born” digital.

Documents Headed from National Archives to Nixon Library

YORBA LINDA CA– Family photos, gifts to President Richard Nixon and some 40 million pages of documents from his administration were made available for the first time Thursday at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda.

The artifacts were shipped earlier this year from the National Archives facilities in Maryland. Nixon Library Director Timothy Naftali said about 50 percent of the collection is still being processed.

Pam Eisenberg, AV technician at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, has been busy cataloging films and gifts recently consolidated into the collection. One of her favorites film clips is President Nixon meeting a tennis team, which was edited into the movie "Forrest Gump".

"This is the first time that people in California will have access to the documents," Naftali said. "It means that high school and college students and scholars can have hands-on experience working with primary source materials from the Nixon era."

Thursday's opening of the library's research room drew local journalists. On Friday, the library was set to release nearly 100,000 documents, many from the files of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who worked in the Nixon Administration, and video oral histories. It is the first local release of materials.

Conan O'Brien Elected to Board of Directors of the JFK Library Foundation

AP/ BOSTON — Late-night TV talk show host, sometimes referred to as 'Coco', is joining the board of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Board Chairman Kenneth Feinberg announced Tuesday that the former NBC "Tonight" host and comedian who is moving to TBS in the fall was among six new members elected.

The Brookline native and Harvard graduate joins a group that includes Viacom Inc. Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone. The foundation also announced the election of Raytheon Chairman and CEO William Swanson as board vice chairman. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy is board president.

The foundation each year honors public servants with its "Profile in Courage Award," named for the president's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

Stephen Ambrose's Work Faces New Scrutiny

But Richard Rayner, a writer for The New Yorker, reports today that during his research Ambrose apparently had only limited access to Eisenhower, and that archived datebooks and other records conflict with some of the times Ambrose claimed he had sat down with the former five-star general.

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Article cites to this piece in the New Yorker that is the basis for the news stories about Ambrose/Eisenhower

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