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.”

Metropolis Planet: Lincoln Museum launches web tool to learn about Gettysburg Address

Metropolis Planet: Lincoln Museum launches web tool to learn about Gettysburg Address. “The new webpage… gives visitors an up-close look at the presidential library’s copy of the speech, explaining its history and how it differs from other copies. It also examines the meaning and impact of Lincoln’s words. Just click on key words in the speech and up pop boxes full of helpful information.”

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.”

The Pantagraph: $100,000 being spent to digitize Lincoln photos

The Pantagraph: $100,000 being spent to digitize Lincoln photos. “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is launching ‘Picturing Lincoln,’ a project to digitize thousands of rare Lincoln images. Support comes from a $100,000 Illinois State Library grant. Images will be made available to the public through the office’s Illinois Digital Archives. ‘Picturing Lincoln’ will create digital versions of 7,896 posters, photographs, stickers and other items. The work will begin with hundreds of ‘broadsides,’ or posters, such as the one announcing a $100,000 reward for Lincoln’s killer.”

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.”

ZDNet: Why all of Trump’s tweets and other social media posts must be archived for future historians

ZDNet: Why all of Trump’s tweets and other social media posts must be archived for future historians. “It is important to think of this as a historical issue and not a political one. Electronic records are still rather new to our history as a nation, couldn’t even have been conceived of by our founders, and aren’t represented fully in many of our older but still-active laws. But now that digital messages are so relevant to our lives, and have become the chief way we communicate, we need to make sure we don’t delete them, allow them to conveniently slip through loopholes, or let them be consumed by bit rot.”

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections. “The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online.”

WABE: Thousands Of Documents Go Online Detailing Daily Activities Of The Carter Administration

WABE: Thousands Of Documents Go Online Detailing Daily Activities Of The Carter Administration. “Two collections of documents from the presidential administration of Jimmy Carter are now digitized and online for public viewing and research. Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia, says it’s important to make the documents accessible to everyone with an internet connection, especially with the ongoing pandemic.”

Brookings Institution: How should Facebook and Twitter handle Trump after he leaves office?

Brookings Institution: How should Facebook and Twitter handle Trump after he leaves office?. “By one estimate, if Trump spends 2 minutes on each tweet and 10 seconds on each retweet, he will have spent almost 476 hours—1.6% of his presidency—tweeting between taking office in January of 2017 and May 2020. There is no doubt that Trump as a private citizen will retain an active public presence in 2021 and beyond, and that he will continue tweeting and posting. While we cannot know for sure what the future holds for his public pronouncements, his actions allow us to reliably presume that he will continue to lie and distort.”

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.”