Presidential Libraries

Who Should Pay for Presidential Posterity?

The NYTimes Looks At taxpayers' costs of maintaining presidential libraries.
A 1986 law, supported by Mr. Reagan, required the private foundations that built future libraries to set up endowments to defray the costs of upkeep.

But the law has done little to ease taxpayers' burden.
The reasons for the shortfalls are partly financial (interest rates are low), partly political (the law didn't require large enough endowments) and partly architectural (libraries are getting grander).

The Reagan Library at a Glance

comes by way of the Associated Press via the San Francisco Gate. It takes a look at the Reagan Presidential Library. "The four-story Spanish Mission style building is paid entirely by private donations. It consists of a museum, a gift shop, and two levels holding presidential documents and artifacts. It also houses offices for the nonprofit Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, which sustains the library and museum. The Reagan Library is the largest of all the presidential libraries, with archival holdings of nearly 55 million pages of government records, over 1.5 million photographs and approximately 769,500 feet of motion picture film." Read More.

Optimism about Economic Impact of Clinton Library

The Blue Dress sends"this article from Arkansasbusiness.com about how it's estimated that the William J. Clinton Presidential Library will likely have a very positive economic impact on the area.

Even low-ball figures estimating the potential economic impact of visitors at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library are promising, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement.

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Clinton Library to have special vault for classified papers

Anonymous Patron writes "An AP Report says A special vault will store and protect classified documents in the archives portion of the Clinton Presidential Library, the president of Clinton's foundation said Saturday.

Skip Rutherford, president of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, showed the vault to Arkansas newspaper editors and reporters attending the Associated Press Managing Editors convention in Little Rock.

The security vault will be in the basement with shelves 11 high and 24 deep totaling between 10,000 and 15,000 square feet. The archived papers will be moved from temporary storage to the library during the first week in July, Rutherford said."

Clinton library taps historian Alsobrook

A historian who has spent 27 years working in presidential libraries was named director of the Clinton Presidential Library on Wednesday.

David Alsobrook has spent four years overseeing the preparation and archiving of tens of thousands of documents, memorabilia, gifts and photos from Bill Clinton's presidency for the $165 million library in downtown Little Rock. The library is scheduled to open Nov. 18.
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UT still hoping for Bush library

The Daily Texan Reports While Baylor University administrators have made attempts in recent weeks to persuade President George W. Bush to choose their campus as the location for his presidential library, UT officials said they have no immediate plans to actively pursue it.

Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University and the city of Arlington are also vying for Bush's library.

"My Life" (Clinton's bio) to be Published in June

You won't have to wait too much longer to read all about the life and adventures of our last president, Bill Clinton. His autobiography will be released by Knopf next June when he'll first be promoting the memoir as keynote speaker at the booksellers annual convention in Chicago (BookExpo).

National archivist change affects Clinton Library - baxterbulletin.com

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Officials in charge of the Clinton Presidential Library acted quickly in response to a Thursday announcement by the Bush administration that John W. Carlin would be replaced as national archivist.

Clinton Library organizers have an interest in the transition because the national archivist has the power to appoint presidential library directors.

Skip Rutherford, president of the nonprofit foundation that is building Clinton's $160 million library-museum in Little Rock, said Bush appointee Allen Weinstein accepted an invitation to tour the site soon."

Counter Clinton Library Wins Tax Break

Not to be confused with the official Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the Counter Clinton Library was in the news today for obtaining tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization. The Library's ultimate goal is "to let not one Clinton lie go unanswered, to let not one Clinton evasion go unquestioned and to let not one Clinton slander go unchallenged."

Presidential Libraries: integral part of history

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Students from the Rector Public Schools Gifted and Talented program learned about the history of the Presidential Library system from Kathleen Pate on Friday afternoon in the Rector Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.

Pate, the Education Specialist for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, presented a program on the history of the Presidential Library System for G/T students in grades five through 12 at 1 p.m.

The first Presidential library was the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y. In 1939, Roosevelt donated his personal and Presidential papers to the Federal Government. At the same time, he pledged part of his Hyde Park estate to the government and his friends formed a non-profit organization to build a museum and library in his honor.

In 1955 the Truman Library was constructed. This was an important year in the history of the Presidential Library System due to the passage of the Presidential Libraries Act. Funds for Presidential libraries are raised privately. After the building is constructed, the deed is transferred to the government, which is responsible for the maintenance of the facilities.

The Presidential Records Act of 1978 changed a long-held common belief that any papers generated while a President was in office were his to do with as he saw fit. According to the website for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), this Act stated that any papers documenting "the constitutional, statutory and ceremonial duties of the President are property of the United States Government"."

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