James K. Glassman / What do you do when you used to be president? - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

James K. Glassman / What do you do when you used to be president?

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:01 am

Former President George W. Bush, joined by President Barack Obama and three living former presidents, dedicated his library last week in Dallas. But it's important to remember that presidential libraries are relatively new. In 1941, while he was still in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt established the first such archive in Hyde Park, N.Y., to preserve personal papers and mementos from his time in office. His successor, Harry Truman, signed the Presidential Libraries Act into law, authorizing the National Archives to help set up and operate these treasure troves of American politics and policy.

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