National Security Archive: U.S. National Archives’ (NARA) Budget: The 30-Year Flatline

National Security Archive: U.S. National Archives’ (NARA) Budget: The 30-Year Flatline. “While its budget has flatlined, the number of records NARA must preserve, particularly electronic records, has increased exponentially over three decades. The George H.W. Bush Library, for example, has 20 gigabytes of electronic records in its holdings, whereas the Obama Library has 250 terabytes.[2] This explosion of electronic records is a huge part of the growing backlog for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests at the presidential libraries, which constitute only part of NARA’s holdings.”

Book Riot: A Brief History Of U.S. Presidential Libraries

Book Riot: A Brief History Of U.S. Presidential Libraries. “Not all presidents have libraries, and they’re not all in the same places — or even in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. They are based in locations that are significant to presidents, like their home states. Open to the public, they include papers, photos, and footage of speeches — but more on that later. First, let’s get to how the presidential libraries were started in the first place.”

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.”

NARA: National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website

NARA: National Archives Launches Trump Presidential Library Website. “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) today launched the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library website, which provides information on archived White House websites and social media accounts, as well as information on access to the records of the Trump Administration. Under the Presidential Records Act, the National Archives receives all records of the Trump Administration, which will be preserved in NARA facilities in the Washington, DC, area, and access to those records will be provided through the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library, controlled and administered by the National Archives.”

Lancaster Online: Introducing the James Buchanan Presidential Library (The Scribbler)

Lancaster Online: Introducing the James Buchanan Presidential Library (The Scribbler) . “The library is a collection of materials at LancasterHistory, Dickinson College (Buchanan’s alma mater), the Library of Congress, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. LancasterHistory’s materials — letters, personal and political papers, and ephemera associated with Buchanan — now are centralized… thanks to LancasterHistory’s initiative and a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.”

Grand Forks Herald: Roosevelt library group reaches $100M fundraising goal behind Walton, Burgum donations

Grand Forks Herald: Roosevelt library group reaches $100M fundraising goal behind Walton, Burgum donations. “The group behind the proposed Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library feels its financial position is as strong as a bull moose. The project planned for Medora is one step closer to becoming a reality after the library foundation announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, it has reached a goal of raising $100 million in private donations before the end of the year.”

The Atlantic: Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Digital

The Atlantic: Obama’s Presidential Library Is Already Digital. “The debate about the Obama library exhibits a fundamental confusion. Given its origins and composition, the Obama library is already largely digital. The vast majority of the record his presidency left behind consists not of evocative handwritten notes, printed cable transmissions, and black-and-white photographs, but email, Word documents, and JPEGs. The question now is how to leverage its digital nature to make it maximally useful and used.”