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Topics in Information Studies: Presidential Libraries

According to the National Archives and Records Administration, "[The Presidential Libraries] are not traditional libraries, but rather repositories for preserving and making accessible the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents." Interested in Archives? These libraries are a great topic of study. From the history of the idea, to the way it has been implemented by various administrations, to the role of the National Archives and Records Administration in their maintenance, there are many factors to dig into.

One great place to start is the Presidential Libraries section of the National Archives' website. Here, you will be able to review details on the history of the Libraries, explore educational materials and programs, review guides and documents on the types of resources available in the Libraries and how to find them, and much more.

In addition to the National Archives' website, each library has its own site to explore. View the full list now. Additionally, check out the Obama Foundation's site for information on the planning process currently underway for his Presidential Library, the 14th in the nation.

Looking for more information? The library has a number of relevant resources available for further research. For database searching, check out LISTA and Academic Search Complete. Additionally, check out the following books on the topic:

  • Hufbauer, B. (2005). Presidential temples: How memorials and libraries shape public memory. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
    University Library / E 176.1 H845 2005
  • Hyland, P. (1995). Presidential libraries and museums: An illustrated guide. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
    Dewey Library / CD 3029.82 H95 1995
  • Veit, F. (1987). Presidential libraries and collections. New York: Greenwood Press.
    Dewey Library / CD 3029.82 V45 1987

Bonus! Would working in one of the Presidential Libraries be a dream come true? For you archivists out there, check out the National Archives section of USAJobs to see what opportunities are available!

Blog Created By: Rebekah Jarvis-Girtler
Image Credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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