Presidential Libraries

UT may bid for Bush Library

Not many details here, but, The Associated Press reports The eyes of the University of Texas System are on getting the next presidential library and archives, its board of regents announced Thursday.

The UT System is aiming to be the first in the nation to house two presidential libraries. It already is home to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Archives.

Presidential Library For Buchanan May Be Created

Anonymous Patron writes "No, not Pat, but America's 15th president, James Buchanan, Reports The Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland in Lancaster said it is carefully considering plans for the creation of a library honoring America's 15th president, James Buchanan, at his former estate in Lancaster, PA.

The foundation has hired Patrick Clarke, the man who coordinated the creation of Woodrow Wilson's presidential library in Virginia, to oversee the project."

University of Texas makes pitch for President Bush's library

The Reader's Shop writes " Regents at the University of Texas System announced Thursday the creation of a committee to work on a proposal to bring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum to one of the 15 UT campuses around the state. All 15 campuses will contribute ideas for the proposal, Huffines said.Other entities that have shown interest in the library are Baylor University, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Midland College and the city of has more."

Keepsakes of Lincoln

Anonymous Patron writes "From Chicago Tribune: Keepsakes of Lincoln (registration required). Together, the collections in Springfield, Ft. Wayne and Chicago represent the greatest concentration of Lincoln mementos, documents and images in the world, covering the full span of his life -- and all within a four-hour drive of the Loop.

The new institution in Springfield is actually a modern setting for an old collection. For decades, Illinois' 47,000 pieces of Lincolniana were stored in a sub-basement of the Old State Capitol, where there was virtually no exhibit space. Lincoln scholars knew it was there, but no one else knew."

Hundreds line up at Reagan Presidential Library for new stamp

twistedlibrarian writes "SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The unveiling of a postage stamp honoring President Reagan has drawn hundreds of people to his Presidential Library in California.

They stood in line for hours to get the new stamp with a first-day-of-issue postmark.

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Ceremony to salute presidential libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "One More Story on the design of a commemorative celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.The vertical 37-cent stamp, showing the presidential seal reproduced in gold against a creme-colored background and the words "Presidential Libraries Fifty Years 37 USA," is scheduled to be dedicated Aug. 4 during ceremonies at all 12 library and museum locations."

Nation’s presidential libraries struggling to draw visitors shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nation’s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
“I’ve had easier sells,� said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. “The problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the ‘wow’ factor now.�

New papers redefine Reagan

The Los Angeles Daily News takes a look at the new Reagan papers. The library recently made available nearly 25,000 additional pages of Reagan's personal papers, including speeches, radio scripts and articles he wrote in the 1960s and '70s.
"All this dispels the myth that Ronald Reagan was somehow a creature of his advisers," Kaufman said. "The radio addresses prove the contrary. They show that Ronald Reagan was the driving force of his administration and the key policies emanating from it."

Three decades after Nixon's resignation, his papers head home

The AP Reports Three decades after the 37th president resigned in disgrace and the federal government seized his papers and tapes, a change in law is sending them home.

Library officials are planning a new addition to house them and hope to be ready this fall to begin the gradual transfer of 46 million pages of records, 30,000 gifts and 3,700 hours of tape.

They may get something less tangible as well -- a measure of validation for the library and perhaps for the man.

Stamp planned to honor presidential libraries in Michigan, elsewhere

The AP Reports The nation's 12 presidential libraries, two of which are in Michigan, will be honored on a postage stamp to be issued next summer, the Postal Service said Friday.

First day of issue ceremonies will be held at the various libraries and at President Ford's separate museum on Aug. 4, the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act.


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