The Atlantic: The Death of Nonpartisan Presidential History

The Atlantic: The Death of Nonpartisan Presidential History. “About a month ago, the National Archives and Records Administration signaled in a notice to Congress that it was effectively renouncing its responsibility for fostering and disseminating nonpartisan public history. If Congress does not stop this plan, ‘NARA Notice 2022-125,’ the National Archives will cede control of the museum and classrooms at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, to the private George W. Bush Foundation.”

Washington Post: The first census records of four American presidents … almost

Washington Post: The first census records of four American presidents … almost. “On Friday, the Census Bureau released the individual records collected during the 1950 Census. (Bureau policy is to maintain the privacy of census documents for 72 years.) There has probably never been a census release in which so many living Americans can trace their own roots, given the size of the baby boom and the extended life expectancy that boomers enjoy. And that offers us an interesting historical challenge: digging up the first census records of our first three baby-boom presidents.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Historic Materials from the Rylander Theatre, President Jimmy Carter’s Childhood Theatre in Rural Americus, Georgia, Now Available Online

Digital Library of Georgia: Historic Materials from the Rylander Theatre, President Jimmy Carter’s Childhood Theatre in Rural Americus, Georgia, Now Available Online. “The items in this collection show the ‘first life’ (1921- c. 1951) of the Rylander Theatre and the various types of entertainment the establishment hosted, including live musicals, vaudeville shows, and movies (both silent and ‘talkies’). In addition, a 1929 school club card and a 1930 theater coupon book show a detailed picture of Depression-era Americus, the popular tastes of this South Georgia town, and details of how local businesses sought to incentivize commerce in their communities during dire times.”

Mother Jones: Barack Obama’s Library, the First Digital-Driven Presidential Archives in History, Breaks Ground Today

Mother Jones: Barack Obama’s Library, the First Digital-Driven Presidential Archives in History, Breaks Ground Today. “The center, as the New York Times reports, ‘won’t actually be a presidential library. In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records. Instead, the Obama Foundation will pay to digitize the roughly 30 million pages of unclassified paper records from the administration so they can be made available online.’ Alongside the center will sit a museum, a sports space, a test kitchen, an art plaza, a kids’ area, and a new branch of the Chicago Public Library.”

LBJ Presidential Library: LBJ Presidential Library celebrates its 50th anniversary with LBJ’s recorded telephone conversations

LBJ Presidential Library: LBJ Presidential Library celebrates its 50th anniversary with LBJ’s recorded telephone conversations. “Designed and built by the Miller Center’s web team, the website, ‘Inside the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson,’ will focus on more than 100 pivotal telephone conversations spanning key areas of the Johnson presidency. While listening to a conversation, users will be able to read the scrolling transcript and each telephone recording webpage includes supporting historical materials such as photographs, documents, biographies, and oral histories from the LBJ Library and Miller Center collections.”

GovExec: Trump, Defying Custom, Hasn’t Given the National Archives Records of His Speeches at Political Rallies

GovExec: Trump, Defying Custom, Hasn’t Given the National Archives Records of His Speeches at Political Rallies. “In the case of modern presidents, for the official record, we rely upon transcriptions of all their speeches collected by the national government. But in the case of Donald Trump, that historical record is likely to have a big gap. Almost 10% of the president’s total public speeches are excluded from the official record. And that means a false picture of the Trump presidency is being created in the official record for posterity.”

Just Security: Federal Agencies Face April Deadline on Secret JFK Files

Just Security: Federal Agencies Face April Deadline on Secret JFK Files. “Some 15,834 assassination-related documents remain partially or wholly classified, according to the National Archives. Most of these records were generated by the CIA and FBI. They include contemporaneous reports related to the murder of the 35th president in Dallas on November 22, 1963, files of CIA officers who knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and interviews conducted by congressional investigators in the 1970s.”

Politico: National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says

Politico: National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says. “Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump’s past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday, in the latest display of Silicon Valley’s power over communications channels used by the U.S. government.”

ABC News: Audio diaries reveal Lady Bird Johnson’s unseen influence in husband’s administration

ABC News: Audio diaries reveal Lady Bird Johnson’s unseen influence in husband’s administration. “ABC News will kick off Women’s History Month with its new podcast ‘In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson,’ co-produced with Best Case Studios and hosted by author Julia Sweig. Drawn from over 123 hours of the former first lady’s mostly unheard daily audio diaries, the podcast presents a surprising and original portrait of Claudia Alta ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson, told in her own words.” The first of eight episodes debuted yesterday.