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Subject: Re: Fwd: [SAA recordsmgmt]: Keep calm, do your reseach Fwd: [RM] Crisis at the National Archives
From: Hugh Sharpe <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:05:30 -0400
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Sorry for any confusion.  Your original post indicated that there was to 
be no Obama Presidential Library and that NARA would administer his 
Presidential Records Act material.  However, even NARA calls their effort 
"The Barack Obama Presidential Library."  There is something in Chicago's 
Jackson park now being called the Presidential Center which is privately 
funded but is frequently touted as a 'presidential library' by the press. 
Since NARA will eventually make all of the Presidential Library records 
available in digital form I assume those records may very well be 
available through connections at the Presidential Center.

Michael Sharpe
Records Retention Manager / Legal & Compliance Department
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
1200 N. Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Direct: 717-720-2820
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From:   Maarja Krusten <[log in to unmask]>
To:     [log in to unmask]
Date:   06/12/2018 03:47 PM
Subject:        [external]Re: Fwd: [SAA recordsmgmt]: Keep calm, do your 
reseach Fwd: [RM] Crisis at the National Archives
Sent by:        Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>



Thank you for your question, Michael.  That's exactly why I'm here, to 
help clarify these 
issues.  Appreciate your asking. There indeed will be no Obama 
Presidential Library 
associated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) or 
any other 
entity. The announcement of a new way of handling Barack Obama's 
Presidential Records 
Act (PRA) materials dates back a year ago to last Spring.  Here is the May 
2017 NARA public 
notice about it: 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.archives.gov_press_press-2Dreleases_2017_nr17-2D54&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=U_QW-3WGv37SpmrgeHUVa6B3j5ykGoRPpgCQ75Gpi1o&e= 
 

I also cover some some of the issues related to this new way of handling 
the Obama PRA 
materials in my recent blog post. 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__archivalexplorations.wordpress.com_2018_05_18_the-2Dfuture_&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=YW-70XcP6DL2SMZbUIPPqqJkmvYzMG5qx-dIU5WSnuA&e=


As you can see, the National Archives will hold the Obama PRA materials in 
its existing 
facilities and NARA not be administering a separate private Obama 
Presidential Center 
planned for Chicago.  You may recall reporting or debate about an Obama 
Presidential 
Center in news reports or online discussions on Social Media and 
elsewhere.  Some of the 
reporting and commentary does not make it clear that the Obama 
Presidential Center is 
*not* an archival facility in the sense that Presidential Libraries for 
Presidents Hoover 
through G. W. Bush are.  You can find information about the Obama 
Presidential Center at 
the website of the private foundation: 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.obama.org_&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=BtybHlAZlk1jIcuhUm9xVC8_je4QX9Jg4VA-NDmAmYU&e=


The National Archives staff working with Obama records are and will be 
working under 
similar conditions to those in which I worked for NARA in the past, aside 
from the 
digitization effort. The National Archives' Nixon Presidential Materials 
Project operated out of 
existing NARA space in the Washington, DC area from 1977 until 2007. 
That's where I 
worked with the Nixon White House tapes and files as a NARA archivist.  I 
was a member of 
an organizational unit reporting to the National Archives' Office of 
Presidential Libraries, not 
a presidential library. There was no NARA administered Nixn presidential 
library until 2007.

The National Archives is a good source of information on many complex 
archives and 
records management issues that reporters or opinion writers sometimes 
conflate or seem to 
struggle to convey accurately. 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.archives.gov_&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=v6h2JcJO-1QrNhaAJwLowDnAavmTzWDpzWevT1jcLp0&e= 
 And I'm always happy to answer 
questions about NARA or Presidential Records Act or Federal Records Act 
issues or to direct 
you to reliable sources (people working with me at NARA or online links).

THanks again!

Maarja
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Washington, DC
Blog:  Archival Explorations
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__archivalexplorations.wordpress.com_&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=fuZNF1nc2PChG7Xe7q2f-1IuyBh1Wu2OeXY48UnQIdk&e=


List archives at 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lists.ufl.edu_archives_recmgmt-2Dl.html&d=DwIDaQ&c=9ut6RcAKs8AF_YMM4QH5hA&r=_6PbLM0te6ENLXpFkcs0gshBoLRfaIKHjf7hL15siJY&m=_me0THeo1SVbeTNmURAc9rsi-9-pgrcuC0EjeHw_ucY&s=gdPwcI6_uL7ll-dGum_MBGT2ZN3rIKGBzpao5Oqn1FU&e=

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