Presidential Libraries

Clinton Archives to Begin Moving to Presidential Library

Beginning next week, over 600 hundred tons of archive material from the Clinton presidency will make their journey to his presidential library in Little Rock. "Included are 80 million pages of records, 70,000 museum objects, and 2 million photographs. The move should be finished late in July." Read More.

Reagan Library visits quadruple since burial

An Anonymous Patron writes "Probably no suprise, Associated Press Reports steady stream of admirers is making a pilgrimage to the grave site of President Reagan, who died June 5 after battling Alzheimer's disease for a decade.

Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library have quadrupled since June 14, when the hilltop shrine reopened, library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said."

Only 10% of Reagan Library content publicly available

ffirehorse writes "An interesting article from today's Los Angeles Times notes that only 10% of the Reagan Library's total content is currently publicly available. The figure of available material may not rise all that significantly given the current president's 2001 executive order that "bars archivists from releasing any former president's records without the approval of the sitting president and the former president, or a representative."

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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 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.


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).


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