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The History of Presidential Libraries (Online)

In 1939 Franklin Roosevelt donated his papers to the Federal Government. He believed a nation must “believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgement in creating their own future.” This began a Federal system of Presidential Libraries that currently has fifteen institutions, 600 million pages of documents, 20 million photographs, 750,000 museum objects, and more than 500 terabytes of electronic data. Explore the history of these libraries and how current issues have forced significant changes beginning with the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Led by archivist Craig Wright, Supervisory Archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

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Presented in partnership with the Tewksbury Public Library. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library


Mar 12 2024


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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