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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 -

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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"."

Finding a location for W's Presidential Library

Baylor University is looking like the location for Bush's Presidential Library. This article from a local paper says that 400 mayors in Texas have endorsed Baylor, which is in Waco, as their choice location. Bush's father's library is at Texas A&M in the town of College Station.

400 Texas Mayors Endorse Baylor Proposal For Bush Library

Though it may seem a little early, Baylor University is making a push to house the G.W. Bush Library. They say The number of Texas mayors endorsing Baylor University’s proposal for the George W. Bush Presidential Library has grown to 400. Last October, 100 Central Texas mayors endorsed Baylor’s bid for the library.

“Thousands of young people will have a firsthand opportunity to be inspired and challenged to leadership by the library and associated facilities,� the mayors wrote. “Designating Baylor as the library site will establish a ‘triangle’ of presidential libraries, along with the George H.W. Bush Library in College Station and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, and make Texas the most important area for presidential research in the country.�

Havel to play library card

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A year into his post-presidential life, Vaclav Havel is taking a cue from his American counterparts.

The dissident/playwright-turned-politician's life and legacy will be the focus of a presidential library, modeled on similar institutions in the United States dedicated to 10 former presidents. The project is being overseen by the nonprofit company Knihovna Vaclava Havla, co-founded by former first lady Dagmar Havlova, and a six-person administrative board that met for the first time Feb. 16. Havel publicly announced the project the next day during a wide-ranging interview with Czech journalists, his first such meeting since leaving office in February 2003.

Organizers say the library will serve as a research center and repository for Havel's writings and records related to his public life. It will also host exhibits on the communist era, the dissident movement and the re-establishment of Czech democracy and will host seminars and conferences on global issues and human rights.


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