New Online: James K. Polk Papers (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: James K. Polk Papers. “‘Twelve months ago this day, a very important conversation took place in Cabinet between myself and Mr. Buchanan on the Oregon question. This conversation was of so important a character, that I deemed it proper on the same evening to reduce the substance of it to writing for the purpose of retaining it, more distinctly in my memory,’ President James K. Polk wrote on August 26, 1846. ‘It was this circumstance which first suggested to me the idea, if not the necessity of keeping a journal or diary, of events, and transactions which might occur during my Presidency.’ Polk fulfilled his pledge to keep a presidential diary, recording the significant or noteworthy events in his life from August 26, 1845, to June 2, 1849. Consisting of 25 volumes, Polk’s diary is part of the James K. Polk Papers at the Library of Congress, now available online.”

BusinessWire: Fordham Law School Launches 25th Amendment Archive (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Fordham Law School Launches 25th Amendment Archive (PRESS RELEASE). “The archive offers an interactive timeline of the history and events that prompted Congress to create the amendment, which provides legal mechanisms for handling presidential inabilities and filling vice presidential vacancies. In addition, the archive provides access to the legal and scholarly discourse on the 25th Amendment since its ratification on February 10, 1967. Materials also include law review and scholarly articles, books, congressional reports, executive branch documents, conference and symposium videos, photographs, and think-tank reports. All items in the archive may be viewed or downloaded. The repository will continue to grow in size and scope as additional materials are added.”

National Archives: National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records

National Archives: National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records. “Today at 8 a.m., the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The materials released today are available online only. Access to the original paper records will occur at a future date.”

3Ders: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will let you 3D print artifacts for free

3Ders: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will let you 3D print artifacts for free. “A museum in Indianapolis is changing the digitization game: the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, home of the 23rd U.S. president, is now allowing visitors to 3D print replicas of its artifacts for free. The unique service is part of the museum’s New Century eCollection project, which will oversee the digitization of the Site’s 10,000-piece collection, ranging from statues and ornaments to gifts to the late Harrison.”

NextGov: White House Artifacts To Be Digitized Using Amazon Web Services

NextGov: White House Artifacts To Be Digitized Using Amazon Web Services. “A new mobile app will let users explore the White House from their phones, scanning each room for historical events taking place there. It’s part of the White House Historical Association’s effort to make presidential ephemera accessible to members of the public for free, especially if they aren’t in Washington or can’t physically enter the White House.”

Washington Post: The COVFEFE Act would preserve Trump’s tweets as presidential records

Washington Post: The COVFEFE Act would preserve Trump’s tweets as presidential records. “The true definition of ‘covfefe,’ — born from a deleted, after-midnight tweet from President Trump — remains unsettled, even to the commander in chief, who appeared to mistype it into existence on Twitter last month. But a congressman from Illinois wants to bring new meaning to the word. The COVFEFE Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) on Monday, aims to preserve tweets from the president’s personal Twitter account, ensuring that Trump’s social-media posts are archived as presidential records.”