A New Presidential Library

On Tuesday of this week I had a chance to visit the construction site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas.  Some 700 workers were onsite at the time, inside and outside, to bring this latest addition to the National Archives in on schedule in April 2013.  This facility will house more than 70 million pages of paper documents, 43,000 artifacts (primarily foreign and domestic gifts to the President and First Lady) and an immense audiovisual archive including more than 4 million photographs.

AOTUS at the George W Bush Library construction site
AOTUS at the construction site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas

Of special significance is that digital component of the library which includes some 210 million email messages!  We began collecting email during the Ronald Reagan administration and have about 8 million from that administration and 20 million from the William Clinton White House.

The new Library and Museum was designed by architect Robert Stern and the landscaping designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and the intended interplay between inside and outside spaces is truly magnificent.  The acreage will include a variety of Texas specific landscapes and a cistern currently under construction will collect rainwater for natural irrigation of the space.

More detail is available at www.georgewbushlibrary.gov

View the live webcam to monitor construction activity at www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com/manhattan-construction/projects/webcams/george-w-bush-presidential-center

2 thoughts on “A New Presidential Library

  1. The Special Collections at Stanford University Libraries is testing an email analysis tool built by a computer science PhD candidate at Stanford to expose the metadata of emails to larger public and let the people read whole emails in our reading room. I am very interested to test the tool using the “210 million email messages” you mentioned. Do you mind let me know how I can proceed to make it happen?

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