Presidential Papers

There’s an interesting piece in the New York Times this morning: about the future of Obama’s Presidential library

There are reports that Mr. Obama used to be skeptical of having a library at all; a bold move would be to revert to tradition and deposit his papers at the Library of Congress. (The National Archives and Records Administration manages the 13 presidential libraries, which nowadays are built and maintained with private funds. The Herbert C. Hoover Library opened in 1962.) I knew that the Presidential Papers collection at the Library of Congress, but never knew that LC was the place Presidents would deposit their papers before FDR built the first presidential library.

I don’t know if this list is completely accurate, but I diffed the list of pre-FDR presidents with the list of Presidential Papers and came up with this short list of presidents who didn’t choose to deposit their papers with the Library of Congress:

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Millard Fillmore
  • James Buchanan
  • Rutherford B Hayes
  • Warren Harding

At least one person thinks Obama’s library belongs in the cloud. I’m not 100% sure what they mean by the cloud, but embracing the distributed nature of archival collections, and using the Web to achieve that sounds like a good idea.

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