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Reagan and Bush '41' libraries get more presidential records

Posted: April 13, 2009 6:04 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2009 3:18 p.m.
 
WASHINGTON D.C. - Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne Thomas announced April 10 that 245,763 pages of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential records will be opened today for research at their respective libraries.

These records, which were still pending with the George W. Bush Administration as of Jan. 20, 2009, today cleared the review process established by President Barack Obama under Executive Order 13489.

In making the announcement, Thomas said, "I am delighted that the Obama Administration has cleared the way to open these presidential records. This action allows the American people to view historical records relating to the presidency and judge for themselves the actions of federal officials."

These presidential records are being released in accordance with the Presidential Records Act and the new Executive Order 13489, titled "Presidential Records," signed by President Obama on Jan. 21.

Today, the Ronald Reagan library will open 244,966 pages of records processed in response to hundreds of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. These records include the Presidential Briefing Papers collection, Office of Speechwriting research material and approximately 13,000 pages of declassified records on numerous foreign policy topics.

To date, more than 10 million pages of presidential records have been processed at the Reagan library. The library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, Calif. Research room hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Today, the George H. W. Bush library will open 797 pages of records that deal with Saudi Arabia.

To date, more than six million pages of presidential records have been processed at the Bush library, located at 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Tex.

Research room hours there are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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