*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Presidential Libraries

This course will describe the attributes of libraries and other repositories of information devoted to the tenure and service of American presidents. For early presidents, these have been established in various locations around the country. For recent presidents, the federal government has enacted statutes for managing and maintaining libraries established on their behalf, and which are carried out by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This seminar will provide an overview of all libraries and repositories of presidential materials dedicated to maintaining a historical record of the American experience. These important institutions are visited by thousands of people every day.

Instructor Bio:

Co-presenters will be Jack Robertson, director of the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Library, and Ralph Bledsoe, the first director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Ralph Bledsoe was a special assistant to President Reagan, with White House roles in policy development, planning and evaluation, and cabinet support for domestic and management and administration policy making. He was subsequently acting deputy director of NARA. Dr. Bledsoe was also a corporate executive, a university faculty member, and a member of several national and international public administration organizations.
Jack Robertson is Fiske and Marie Kimball Librarian at Monticello and has directed the Jefferson Library since 2000. He served as director of UVA’s Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, 1987-2000. He also worked stints at the National Gallery of Art Library and Vanderbilt University’s Arts Library. He has taught courses at Vanderbilt, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia.

Recommended Reading:

Any books and articles on the American presidency.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B01 Ralph Bledsoe Apr 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. Homewood Suites A

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