May 17, 2022

National Archives (NARA) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Obama Foundation re: Digitization of Obama Presidential Records

From a Blog Post by David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States:

This week, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Barack Obama Foundation agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the plan to digitize all of the unclassified textual Presidential records of the Obama administration. The Foundation will select the vendor, with NARA approval, and oversee the contract.

The digitization plan was first outlined in May 2017, and this MOU is the first agreement coming out of the Letter of Intent signed in September 2018.

Approximately 30 million pages of unclassified Presidential records at the Obama Library will be scanned, and the scanned images and associated metadata will become part of the Electronic Records Archives.

Read the Complete Blog Post


Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Digitization of Obama Presidential Records, February 2019

Letter of Intent, September 2018

On a Related Note…

Judge OKs Suit Aimed at Halting Obama Library in Chicago (via AP)

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