In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the Federal Government. As a result, the Presidential Library system was formally established. Yet, the dilemma of presenting the history of former presidents has not been without controversy. The preparation of a new Watergate exhibit at the Nixon Presidential Library is one example. Principals involved in the project from the National Archives looked at the issue.
The speaker is Sharon K. Fawcett, Assistant Archivist for the Office of Presidential Libraries, National Archives and Records Administration.
See Also: Fawcett’s presentation was given at The Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference, “Renewing Ideals and Engaging the Public,” that took place at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted the from June 21 to 24, 2010.
You can access video of ALL of the conference presentations here.