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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Clinton Library Opens in Little Rock...

The latest of the presidential libraries opened today in Little Rock, Arkansas (see related New York Times story and slide show). For more information about presidential libraries....


Blogger Jane Smith said...

I've visited several of the presidential libraries...and I've found it intriguing each time to see how the president (and his staff) portray his image. Each houses a museum and a research library. The museums are open to the public; access to the libraries is limited to legitimate researchers. JFK's is located on the water in Boston--it and Ronald Reagan's were the most striking visually of the five I've visited. Jimmy Carter's is in Atlanta--not Plains--and also houses the Carter Center, a think-tank that focuses on human rights. The first president to have such a facility is Hoover, although the idea was FDR's. His goal was to provide a centralized repository of the materials generated during his administration. Papers of previous president's tend to be scattered among various libraries and historical societies.

If you ever have a chance to visit one or more of these fascinating facilities, I'm sure you'll find your time well spent.

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