Historians are puzzled over the recent announcement from the Obama Foundation. Apparently, the foundation is taking an unprecedented approach and has chosen to only house digital copies of the former president Barack Obama’s correspondences.
Although it will still be at least four years before the Obama library will open, the decision to not house any documents is creating some concern. The Obama Foundation has indicated that there will be no actual documents on hand at the Obama library in Chicago. The foundation is casting its approach as simply keeping pace with the times. But that has left historians and scholars baffled. ‘All archivists are waiting to see how this will work, because we are all struggling with how to make things available digitally,’ Peggy Glowacki, a manuscripts librarian at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.
‘The foundation’s goal is to create, with NARA, a new model for the next generation of presidential centers that reflects the way people access information in this digital age,’ an Obama Foundation spokesperson told Fox News, referring to the National Archives and Records Administration.’The Obama Foundation will be funding through private funds the digitization of all non-classified presidential records in order to help facilitate better access to these documents to a broader audience.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on OCTOBER 12, 2017.