The Obama Presidential Library

The presidential library concept we have today began with FDR, who in 1939 donated his papers to the federal government in the belief that such documents were an important part of the national heritage and should be made available to the public.  Congress formalized matters in 1955 by enacting the Presidential Libraries Act (PLA) (P.L. 84-373) [1], which President Eisenhower signed on 12 August 1955, whereby: (1)(e) The Administrator [of the General Services Administration] is authorized, whenever he deems it in the public interest, to accept for deposit- (1)(e)(1) the papers or other historical materials of any President or former President of the United States, or of any other official or former official of the Government, and other papers relating to and contemporary with any President or former President of the United States, subject to restrictions agreeable to the Administrator as to their use. (italics mine) (2)(f) The Administrator is authorized, whenever he deems it to...(Read Full Article)

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