Accessions and Openings for the 1st quarter FY 2009
During the quarter, 23 pages (.010 cubic feet) of recent manuscript acquisitions were accessioned.
Notable archival acquisitions received this quarter include the transcript and tape of an oral history interview of Margaret "Daisy" Suckley in 1977 as part of the Eleanor Roosevelt Oral History Project (deeded by Wilderstein Preservation) and three autograph items donated by William H. Smith.
Also received was a large collection of printed and bound Rooseveltiana donated by Donald S. and Mary D. Carmichael. Included in the gift are books inscribed by FDR and two small volumes that had been part of the President's miniature book collection.
The library also received a collection of 92 Office of War Information photographs depicting World War II. These photographs were donated by John and Susan Harvith.
During the quarter, 122 objects were accessioned into the museum collection: 28 previously unaccessioned items in the collection and 105 new acquisitions.
The new acquisitions include a collection of 74 items related to President Roosevelt (donated by Donald S. and Mary D. Carmichael); a 1934 oil painting of FDR by James Britton (donated by Barbara and Ursula Britton); a series of 7 portraits of Roosevelt family, friends and political associates by artist Samuel J. Woolf (donated by Stuart P. and Sue Feld); 11 pieces of porcelain owned and used by the Roosevelt family (donated by Patrick Hamilton); a group of 11 miscellaneous politically themed FDR items (donated by John Vargo); and an unsolicited FDR campaign pin from an unknown donor.
The printed materials collections added 21 new books, 6 reels of microfilm, 33 periodicals, and 109 vertical file items during the quarter. Also accessioned into the collection were 106 previously unaccessioned books that were identified during the FDR Book Collection project.
Over 7,900 pages were reviewed during the quarter. Reviewing was completed on the following collections which were opened for research this quarter:
- Fred Seaton Papers—Memorabilia and Print Materials Series
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Post-Presidential Papers—Funeral Arrangements and Tributes Series
- Sherman Adams Records—441 of 469 previously donor-restricted pages were released
During the quarter, 50,000 pages of Richard Bissell papers were added to the library holdings.
The library accessioned 20 textual accessions totaling 18.326 cubic feet including:
- The Papers of Stephen E. Smith, businessman, brother-in-law of President Kennedy. Papers related to involvement in the JFK Library Foundation, Bedford-Stuyvesant redevelopment, and the RFK Memorial. About 24 cubic feet. Closed.
- A donation from Senator Edward M. Kennedy of letters or notes written by President Kennedy at various times and JFK's Navy dog tag. Less than one cubic foot. Open.
- An accretion to the Personal Papers of Kenneth O'Donnell. Copies of Presidential campaign schedules for Senator John F. Kennedy created and donated by donor Ray Graham (former volunteer in Mr. O'Donnell's office). 0.126 cubic feet. Open.
- The personal papers of Bernice Kert, author (1964–2005). Research materials relating to her book The Hemingway Women. 18 cubic feet. Closed.
- Twelve accretions to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection, consisting of oral history interviews with:
- Corey Cappelloni (Moldova, 1998–2000)
- Michael Ford (Kenya, 1964–66)
- Margot Kennard (Ethiopia, 1967–69)
- Lela Lantz (Bangladesh, 2000–2001)
- Frank Monahan (Nigeria, 1964–67)
- Christine Perry (Honduras, 1975–77)
- Marie Shockley (Namibia, 2002–2004)
- Judith St. John Stadler (Ecuador, 1967–69)
- Bette Petrides (Nigeria, 1965–66 and Botswana, 1966–68)
- Roberta Vann (Ethiopia, 1970–71)
- Linda Meinders Webb (India, 1966–68)
- Joe Zingsheim (Honduras, 1965–67)
- Four additions to the Miscellaneous Accessions Collection, including papers from John Seiler, consisting of an interview transcript with G. Mennen Williams; papers from Stewart Udall, consisting of correspondence, photographs, writings, and other memorabilia relating to Udall's professional and personal relationships with John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; papers from the Thun Family, consisting of a map of "Brambletyde," JFK's 1963 Summer White House, and from Anne Cummings, consisting of a letter from Cardinal Cushing regarding his appearance at President Kennedy's inauguration. 0.175 cubic foot.
- Two additions to the John F. Kennedy Tributes Collection, consisting of a 1964 Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Memorial Class program signed by Joan Kennedy, and a poem—"JFK: The Enemys Within: Arch Betrayers." 0.025 cubic foot.
A total of 3,243 photograph items (including 1,095 prints, 1,614 transparencies, 274 black-and-white negatives, and 60 digital images), 24.5 hours of audio, and 19.0 hours of moving images (on 10 DVD discs, three VHS cassettes, three BETA SP tapes, and two Digibeta tapes) were accessioned and described.
The following oral history transcripts were accessioned and are available for research:
- Willard Deason, state director of NYA from 1935 to 1942, manager and owner of KVET radio station, 1946–65; Interstate Commerce Commission, 1965–75, 71 pages, 35 pages
- Jean Andre Sauvageot, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, 1964–73; liaison and coordination officer, MACV, 1960–73; teacher, Command General staff College at Fort Leavenworth, 23 pages, 20 pages, 22 pages
- Carroll Kilpatric, Washington Post White House reporter 1961–75, 21 pages
- George Silver, World War II veteran, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs in HEW, 1965–68, 32 pages
- Joseph J. Sisco, Central Intelligence officer, 1950; State Department foreign affairs officer, 1951–65; Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, 1965–68; Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1968–74; Under Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, 1974–76, 26 pages
- John A. Schnittker, staff for Council of Economic Advisers, 1958–59; staff economist for Department of Agriculture, 1961–64; Under Secretary for Department of Agriculture, 1965–69, 14 pages
The Audiovisual Archives accessioned .264 cubic feet of material from the Technical Services ongoing documentation of LBJ Library events.
During this quarter, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum formally accessioned video oral histories with former Watergate Special Prosecution Force attorneys Stephen Breyer, Richard Ben-Veniste, and Jill Wine-Banks; counselor to the President Donald Rumsfeld; Senator Lowell Weicker; Congressman Trent Lott; Solicitor General Robert Bork; deputy National Security Adviser Dick Allen; secretary to Charles Colson and Howard Hunt Becky Bovell; White House investigator Jack Caulfield; White House Counsel Charles Colson; Justice Department prosecutor Earl Silbert; IRS commissioner Johnnie Walters; and OEO attorney Terry Lenzner.
The library received two major donations in December. The estate of H. R. Haldeman gave the library 55 Super 8 Films taken by Mr. Haldeman during his tenure in the Nixon administration, along with accompanying textual documentation, which include film logs and notations of film content. And from Mikhail and Stella Berestetsky the library received photographs, desk artifacts, and personal items once used by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Highlights of the over 250 items received include his hunting knife and scabbard, cut crystal table clocks, his personal radio, and Brezhnev's favorite wrist watch. Mr. Berestetsky was a personal friend of Brezhnev's grandson, Andrei Brezhnev, from whom the Berestetskys acquired the collection.
In addition, the curatorial department in Yorba Linda received:
- A portrait of Richard Nixon (gift of Ruby and Haroll Casey Doss, Jr.)
- A 1973 inaugural invitation (gift of Museum Arts & Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley)
- A lunar module tie-down strap used during the Apollo 12 mission (gift of Michael Esslinger)
- Four Apollo 11 buttons (transfer from the LBJ Library)
The library completed work for 10 accessions this quarter, including accretions to the Betty Ford Papers, Melvin Laird Papers, and Composite General Accessions and Composite Grand Rapids Accessions collections.
The library acquired the papers of Michael Moskow, 1969–76 (5 cu. ft), documenting his service in the Ford administration at the Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Council on Wage and Price Stability.
The library acquired papers from Juliette C. McLennan, 1976 (0.4 cu. ft.), relating to her work as Director of the National Volunteer Desk for the President Ford Committee. The material consists of two binders of volunteer lists, state reports, and phone bank reports.
New museum artifact accessions included a collection of Canadian newspapers from 1969–74; a 1973 mounted clipping from the Grand Rapids Press; a 1936 football program; a Gerald R. Ford state funeral plaque; a roll of Gerald R. Ford tissue and two New York Times issues from 1973 and 1974; a collection of 2008 Presidential campaign memorabilia; and clothing worn by Gerald R. Ford. Raymond Guyette donated a scale model of the USS Monterey, in which he painstakingly captured nearly every detail of the ship over one full year of work. It will eventually be added to the museum's core exhibit.
The library continues to receive material from President Carter's Office, John Gunther Dean, and Rupert Cutler. New acquisitions include materials donated from Bruce Laingen, Steve York, and Walt Wurfel.
The library acquired a 7.5-cubic-foot accretion for the records of Faith Ryan Whittlesey. Also, an accession of 1 cubic feet of personal papers for Ambassador Whittlesey was received. The audiovisual department accessioned the 2008 Audio-Visual Composite Collection.
During the quarter, the Bush Library accessioned 127.32 cubic feet of textual records including:
- Barbara Bush (family scrap books), 1.077 cu. ft. (accretion)
- General Brent Scowcroft, 17.232 cubic feet
- Stephen Duncan, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, 10/1987–1/1993, and Department of Defense Coordinator for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support, 4/1989–1/1993, 49.542 cubic feet
- James McCall (A World Transformed drafts), 20.463 cubic feet
- Chase Untermeyer, Ambassador to Qatar and Director of White House Office of Personnel for George Bush, 504 cubic feet (accretion)
- Juliett C. McLennan (RNC materials), 2.154 cubic feet
- Dr. Gary Maloney (Bush/Quayle 1988 Campaign from RNC headquarters), 2.154 cubic feet
- Miscellaneous Bush Administration records and AV materials from NLMS, 4.038 cubic feet
- Ambassador Anne Armstrong, 30.156 cubic feet (accretion)
The transcript of a 1977 oral history interview of Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, conducted as part of the Eleanor Roosevelt Oral History Project, was opened to research this quarter. This was one of several interviews from that project that had never been finalized and formally deeded to the library. Wilderstein Preservation, the successor to Miss Suckley, generously deeded the interview to the library, making its transcription and release possible.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Post-Presidential Papers—Funeral Arrangements and Tributes Series, and formerly donor-restricted items in the Sherman Adams Records were opened.
Processed the Personal Papers of Lewis Butler, Peace Corps Country Director for Malaysia (1963–64), Peace Corps consultant (1961–68), lawyer (1952–). Evaluation of Peace Corps education programs in Somalia, Nigeria, and Nepal; interview notes from Peace Corps volunteers, staff members, and government officials; administrative notes in preparation for official evaluative reports; final reports for early Nigeria and Nepal programs; Malaysian Peace Corps volunteers newsletter collection (1962–65). 1.008 cubic feet.
Processed an addition to the Personal Papers of Kenneth O'Donnell, 0.126 cubic feet.
Processed four additions to the Miscellaneous Accessions Collection, including papers from John Seiler, Stewart Udall, the Thun Family, and Anne Cummings. 0.175 cubic ft.
Processed an addition to the John F. Kennedy Tributes Collection, 0.025 cubic foot.
Processed four additions to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection, including the papers of Lawrence F. Lihosit (Honduras), Paula Hirschoff (Kenya), Wayne D. Linn (Malawi), and Wanda Mayberry.
Reprocessed and revised the finding aid for the Personal Papers of Frank E. Smith, Director, Kennedy-Johnson Natural Resources Advisory Committee (1960); Director, Tennessee Valley Authority. Correspondence, reports, recommendations, and other committee papers.
The White House Central Files, Staff Member Office Files—J. Fred Buzhardt textual materials collection was opened as part of the library's December 2 recordings and textual release.
The library opened the following materials: Congressional Liaison Office—Terrence Straub Files Name Files, Subject Files, 1980; Campaign Files; and Adam Clymer donated material.