University of Maryland: Fundraising Begins For White House Correspondents’ Association Pool Reports Collection. “The University of Maryland, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Freedom Forum Institute celebrated the start of a partnership Tuesday that will bring a permanent digital archive of White House correspondents’ pool reports to the university. The White House Correspondents’ Association Pool Reports Collection — a unique record of the United States presidency — will be available online. It will consist of the reports written every day by members of the White House press corps on the activities of the president.” I mentioned this in April but we’re at the fundraising point now.
Muckrock is asking for crowdsourcing help exploring Ronald Reagan’s FBI file. “Ronald Reagan’s decades-long association with the Federal Bureau of Investigation – from his early days as an anti-Communist informant in Hollywood to the law and order governor of California to President of the United States during Iran-Contra – is attested to in his 30,000-page file, recently released to Emma Best. Due to the size and scope of the historical material contained in these pages, we’re using our new Assignments tool to start a crowdsourced project to hone in on the most interesting finds buried in the Bureau’s margins.”
ABC News: Rare Kennedy photos go inside America’s most famous family. “The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online — a photographic fix that’s sure to feed the nation’s continuing obsession with Camelot.”
BuzzFeed News: No Big Deal, Just A US President Telling A Former Russian President He Needs To Eat More. “As the US–Russia relationship continues to twist and turn, documents declassified on Thursday show just how much the position of the two countries has — and hasn’t — changed. Ties between the two countries have been among the issues dominating Donald Trump’s first term, with everything from accusations of election meddling to tussling over Ukraine and Syria. No one knows exactly what the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is really like — when the two met in Helsinki in July there was no one else, except for translators, in the room. Things weren’t always so informal. Previous presidents kept meticulous records, and on Thursday a host of those files, from the presidency of Bill Clinton, were released.”
BusinessWire: Friends of Lincoln Collection Launches New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., has launched a new website serving as a gateway to thousands of digitized Lincoln era letters, photographs, newspapers, books and other items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Also, it will soon post searchable archives from the 1,900+ issues of Lincoln Lore. First published in 1929, Lincoln Lore is a nationally recognized magazine for scholarly articles, interviews, book reviews, and announcements of local and national Lincoln-related programs and events. The resource, currently published four times a year, is intended for scholars, teachers and students of all ages.” I wasn’t going to confirm that the site was about Abraham Lincoln, but then I thought that SOMEBODY out there might think it was about Lincoln Logs… so yeah, this is about Abraham Lincoln.
NARA: Rare Home Movies Show FDR Walking . “reviously unseen and historically significant home movie footage of President Franklin Roosevelt walking at the 1935 White House Easter Egg Roll—made available by the National Archives and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum—offers a rare glimpse into the life of the former chief executive. Footage of President Roosevelt walking is uncommon. Filming or photographing his disability was highly restricted by the White House, and camera operators and news photographers complied with those restrictions. In addition, the film is believed to be the earliest existing motion picture footage of an Easter Egg Roll hosted by the Roosevelts.”
PR Newswire: “White House Experience” App Launches Today – Offers First Ever Tours of White House and President’s Neighborhood (PRESS RELEASE). “The White House Historical Association is pleased announce its new free mobile application for both iOS and Android which offers, for the first time ever, virtual educational tours of the White House and surrounding President’s Neighborhood. The app features three separate tour experiences for in-person visitors and those who want to learn about the White House from afar. The app also includes a Presidential Look-Alike feature that allows users to take a selfie to find out which president or first lady they most resemble based on portraits of presidents and first ladies in the White House collection.”