During his morning briefing, April 2, 2003, President George W. Bush reviews the progress of the war with members of the War Council. (P28531-23A)
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Digital Library Going Strong

Digital Library Going Strong

DALLAS (March 22, 2016) – The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s website makes research into the Bush Presidency, and the many issues and challenges of service in the White House, easier for the general public.

Supervisory Archivist Brooke Clement
“To ensure we are meeting the National Archives and Records Administration strategic goal of digitizing its holdings, the Bush Library has ac­quired two high-speed scanners,” said Supervisory Archivist Brooke Clement. “We are also using interns and volunteers to ‘make access happen’ digitally.”

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Since George W. Bush’s Presidential records became subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on January 20, 2014, the number of records open and available to the public has surpassed one million pages. In that time, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) staff members at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum have steadily worked toward digitizing many of its open records.

“To ensure we are meeting the National Archives and Records Administration strategic goal of digitizing its holdings, the Bush Library has ac­quired two high-speed scanners,” said Supervisory Archivist Brooke Clement. “We are also using interns and volunteers to ‘make access happen’ digitally.”

The Bush Library has posted documents from 21 collections cre­ated by FOIA requests on its Digital Library webpage. These materials include:
  • Selected dates from President George W. Bush’s Daily Diary
  • Final copies of unclassified Homeland Security Presidential Directives and National Security Presidential Directives
  • Records pertaining to such world leaders as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, and Pope John Paul II
  • Emails sent or received by assistants to the President on September 11, 2001
“We continue to work closely with the NARA’s Of­fice of Innovation to ensure these records, as well as future digitized records, are also included in the National Archives Catalog,” said Clement. “Our goal is for researchers, no matter where they are, to have the op­portunity to access the records of the George W. Bush Presi­dential Library and Museum.”

To learn more about Presidential records currently available for review and research, view the Bush Library’s Finding Aids.

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