Key Resources

Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory (University Press of Kansas, 2006), by Benjamin Hufbauer.

the scholarly resource on the subject — thorough, analytic, and full of great stories about past libraries and museums.

Archives of Spin,” Benjamin Hufbauer, The New York Times, January 20, 2007

–A historian of Presidential museums makes a key point about how partisan and slanted they are, especially when associated with think-tanks or institutes, as is the case with the SMU package.

Presidential Libraries Parallel the Increase in Presidential Powers,” Benjamin Hufbauer, Texas Catholic, December 15, 2006

–a concise but thorough overview of the history of Presidential libraries.

A Historical Review of Access to Records in Presidential Libraries.” The Public Historian, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 79-116 (Summer 2006).

–This excellent scholarly article makes it clear to what great extent presidents and their foundations shape their libraries and museums, and details George W. Bush’s efforts at further control.

Presidential Libraries: A Background Paper on their Museums and their Public Programs.”

–Another key resource, authored in part by former SMU trustee and Princeton University professor Stanley Katz. A similar take-home point: private foundations and private money call a lot of the shots at presidential libraries and museums.

Look Before You Leap into Presidential Libraries,” Maarja Krusten, History News Network, January 22, 2007

–Although critical of the first SMU petition in December of 2006, this article raises a number of very disturbing questions about the destruction and reclassification of documents in Presidential libraries by both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

Presidency: The Reagan Papers Runaround,” Hugh Davis Graham, History News Network, November 7, 2001

–A thorough documentation of George W. Bush’s steps to insure control of and limit access to documents that will be placed in his library. National Archives and Records Administration control doesn’t necessarily mean what you might think it does.

See also:

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) responds to Executive Order 13233 on Presidential Papers, November 6, 2007

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