Bush I Presidential Library and Museum: Hello, Indiana Jones?

June 14, 2011

It’s not really that big — but what do you think of when you see this photo of the unindexed files at the George H. W. Bush Library and Museum (at Texas A&M at College Station, Texas)?

Unindexed files at the Bush I Library - 6-13-2011 1677-Photo by Ed Darrell, use permitted with attribution

Hello? Which row has the Arks of the Convenants?

Yeah, we all thought the same.

The big difference:  In College Station, archivists are working through these documents, indexing them for use.

They use Freedom of Information Act requests to set their agenda, which strikes me as bass ackwards, but they’re working on getting it done.

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