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Jennifer Schuessler
New York Times ideas reporter, lapsed midwesterner, defender of the Oxford comma, &c. Only here for the Walt Whitman bots.
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Jennifer Schuessler 20h
Yes. And based on his public commons, he does seem to prefer current model, & be extremely dismayed (right or wrongly) by Obama decision. But will let him speak for himself on that!
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
But he became director in Yorba Linda after federalized, correct?
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @pashulman
Yup! That’s the issue with deeds of gift. Though at least they are owned by the govt, so maybe access ... some day Btw, I wrote this about intrigue at JFK Library recently Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes for Dallas Are Found, Starting a Quiet Tug of War
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @pashulman
... only precedent for private museum in Nixon, who started out private (amidst battle w govt over his papers) then joined federal system (that’s when Tim Naftali came in and overhauled Watergate exhibits, to intense pushback from loyalists)
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @pashulman
... Obama Foundation will entirely run his, no NARA input (though will lend objects). That said, they have hired director, Louise Bernard, w great credentials (NYPL, Beinecke, NMAAHC). So may well be a great museum...
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @pashulman
They are administered by NARA but former presidents & foundations pay to create & have big say in contents (hence the shall we say sometimes very sunny, selective history, esp for recent ones
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
9. Also, wanna see some digitized presidential records? Other libraries (eg FDR, JFK, Clinton) have already digitized millions & posted online. For example, check out FDR’s FRANKLIN database... Obama digit BY FAR biggest, & happening BY FAR soonest, but not the first or only/FIN
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
8. ‘Digitized’ is not the same as ‘available.’ It only means that digital versions exists. Before released, all docs have to be processed, reviewed & redacted. Digital technology may speed that process. Or it may not.
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @zelizer
7. IMPORTANT: As notes in my story, digitization doesn’t in itself solve the biggest problem w pres & other gov records - huge backlogs in processing & other delays, some of them very political. (See, for eg, Qs re docs at pres libs relating to Hillary, Kavanaugh, etc)
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
6. ‘IN TIME’ is key: Under Presidential Records Act, Obama records are protected from all FOIA for 5 years after end of admin. Obama also requested extension to 12 years for some cats of records – the mac allowed by law, as did Bush (he later rescinded) & as has Trump
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
5. ... ‘‘.... in the same manner that the unclassified records are being made available – i.e., virtually, through the National Archives Catalog and the Barack Obama Presidential Library website.’
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
4. . What about classified docs? (Digitization by Obama Foundation only covers unclassified.) NARA: In time, classified records that have been declassified & then reviewed in accordance with the Presidential Records Act will be digitized and made available to requestors....’
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
3. Will there be access to original Obama docs? NARA: ‘If there is a compelling need to see an original document, NARA will make it available in one of its public research rooms.’ Originals will he stored in existing NARA archival facility, location as yet unspecified
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
2. OK, big question: What about Trump & other future libraries? on-site archives & NARA-run museums, or (like Obama) private museums, & no archives? Likely the latter. NARA told me this ‘is presumably the model that NARA will follow with future Presidential foundations...’
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
Replying to @jennyschuessler
.... along with reminder that all 13 pre-Obama federal libraries were built with funds raised by ex-presidents’ private foundations, but are run by NARA (both museum & library portions). By law, NARA has custody of the ex-president’s records, which belong to the American people
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Jennifer Schuessler 21h
THREAD: Some more info from the National Archives re the Obama library issue, including access to originals, classified material and... the future Trump library ! First, here’s my story from yesterday w the basics:
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Jennifer Schuessler Feb 22
OMG this may not be the best moment to delete Twitter and leave the country for a week 😳
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Jennifer Schuessler Feb 22
Replying to @ditzkoff @xanalter
Royalist!
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Jennifer Schuessler Feb 22
Replying to @emdashkap
In JFK
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Jennifer Schuessler Feb 22
Replying to @agordonreed
Locke, the Constitution & a dash of Monty Python good start on a country - remember the ladies, & we got it covered?
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