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Accessions and Openings - 3rd Quarter 2005

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Historical materials from Wendy Callahan, several scrapbooks and other materials related to Frank McNinch, President Roosevelt's director of the Federal Power Commission.

Historical materials from Martha L. Lau, letter written to her by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1955.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Additional papers of Lillian "Rusty" Brown Black, 1942–2001, Red Cross worker, World War II; secretary of White House staff, 1953–61; and personal secretary to Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1962–67.

John F. Kennedy Library

In May 2005 the library accessioned a map of Cuba that President Kennedy used during the first EXCOM meeting on the Cuban Missile Crisis. The map was brought to the library's attention after it had been offered for sale for $750,000 on the web. The library, with the indispensable assistance of NARA's General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City, brought a replevin action to regain the map. The suit was recently settled, resulting in the return of the large, full-color map showing the location of the missile sites marked in the President's handwriting.

In June 2005 the library accessioned eight archival containers boxes of JFK Senate files and personal and Presidential documents that had been improperly kept by his personal secretary and which she later sold or gave to Robert White, a Kennedyana collector.

The library accessioned 27 textual accessions totaling 8.5 cubic feet, including

  • research files of Dave Armstrong,
  • personal papers of William Flick, and
  • accretion to the personal papers of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of President Kennedy, and author, Times to Remember (1974).

This quarter the library has also accessioned interviews with 32 returned Peace Corps Volunteers and 246 photographic items, 74.8 hours of audio recordings, and 4.5 hours of video recording film.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

The following oral history transcripts were accessioned and are available for research:

  • Phyllis O. Bonanno, personal assistant to President Johnson and later first director of the U.S. Trade Representative's Office of Private Sector Liaison in the Executive Office under Presidents Carter and Reagan. 126 pages.
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Carpenter (special interview with Douglass Cater), journalist and several positions during Johnson's Vice Presidential and Presidential years. 25 pages.
  • Ava Johnson Cox, Lyndon B. Johnson's cousin and childhood companion. 46 pages.
  • Olga Bredt Gideon, secretary to Texas House Speaker Bob Calvert (1930s), Sim Gideon (1940–41), Senator Alvin J. Wirtz (1941–51), and Congressman Judge Homer Thornberry (1951–72). 31 pages.
  • Ralph K. Huitt, staff aide to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, 1953–54; legislative assistant to Senator William Proxmire, 1958–59; and Assistant Secretary for Legislation, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1965–69. Interview I is 42 pages, and Interview II is 28 pages.
  • Frank W. Lehan, President's Science Advisory Committee member and Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in the Department of Transportation. 62 pages
  • Doris Powell, a lifelong Taylor family friend. 22 pages.
  • Paul L. Thornhill, Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot for Johnson (1962–69). 49 pages.
  • Tom and Betty Weinheimer, ranch owners in Stonewall, TX, and neighbors to the Johnsons. 48 pages.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Accretion to the Betty Ford Papers.

Accretions to the Gerald R. Ford Scrapbooks, Post-Presidential Office Files, and Personal Financial Papers.

Papers and photographs of James D. Hardaman, from his work as senior photographer for the Historical Committee for the Gerald R. Ford Museum Dedication Week in 1981.

Donation from Susan Hendra of six letters received by her late father from imprisoned would-be assassin Sara Jane Moore between 1978 and 1980.

Accretion to the Eric Thuma Papers.

Jimmy Carter Library

Accession of post-Presidential material from both of President Carter's offices.

George Bush Library

Calvin A. Kent collection. Dr. Kent was the administrator of the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration from 1990 to 1993, 15 feet.


John F. Kennedy Library

Research files of Dave Armstrong. 37 cubic feet.

Accretion to the Orren Beaty papers. 4 cubic feet.

Additional personal papers of McGeorge Bundy. 8.5 cubic feet.

Personal papers of Dan Fenn. 42 cubic feet.

K. Dun Gifford Papers, Working Files. 1967–70.

Ira Kapenstein Papers, Post Office File. 1963–68.

Additional personal papers of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, correspondence, speeches and appearances, and travel. 28 cubic feet.

White House Central Subject Files, ND (National Security Defense).

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

National Security File (NSF), International Meetings and Travel File.

Files of the President's Committee on the Supersonic Transport.

Office Files of Mildred Stegall.

White House Social Files.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Major portions of the Melvin R. Laird Papers, spanning his career as congressman, Secretary of Defense, Presidential adviser, and memoirist, 1953–2004. 124 feet and 224 microform cartridges.

National Security Adviser's "Outside-the-System" File, 1974–76, consisting of materials, chronologically arranged, that were not logged into the NSC document tracking system. 3 feet.

Jimmy Carter Library

Pre-Presidential materials, 5 feet.

Personal papers of Hedrick Hertzberg.

Personal papers of John Gunther Dean, pre-1977 portions.