New Documents Available for Research at Carter Library

42,454 newly released documents (168,926 pages) from the Carter Administration are now available at the Carter Library via the RAC (Remote Archives Capture) program! The topics of the documents center largely on foreign policy during Carter’s Administration, 1977-1981. These documents can be searched electronically and accessed in the Library’s research room on standalone computers. Interested in doing research at the Carter Library? Visit us online for details!

For more details on the RAC Program in general, visit the National Archives online.

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New Year, New Projects… New Intern!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

With the start of 2014 comes another year of projects and new discoveries in the archives of the Jimmy Carter Library… As such, the Library would like to take the opportunity to feature one of its newest volunteers/interns who is helping us kick off another year of projects behind-the-scenes in the archives.

The goal of the internship program at the Carter Library is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience. Opportunities exist for students in a variety of disciplines, such as library & information science, political science, museum studies, and education. Our current featured intern is Amber Seale, whom we’ve invited to share a little bit about herself and her current project(s) at the Library.

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“As a volunteer and soon to be intern at the Carter Library, I have had the opportunity to work on the personal collection of David Rubenstein, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Staff [during President Carter’s Administration.] To date, I have been assisting in arranging boxes of documents by subject matter. It has been very interesting to work with documents that are as old I am!

My internship officially starts in another week. I am excited to continue working on the Rubenstein collection and also working in other areas of the library as well. This hands-on experience works in conjunction with one of my classes this semester, which pertains to the administration and use of archival materials. My internship will benefit me greatly while I continue to work on my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.”

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Music, Museums, & Merriment!

Happy Holidays from the staff of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum! We can’t believe another year has come and gone… Best wishes to all for a great ending to 2013 and a fantastic beginning for 2014.

If you are in Atlanta for the holidays, we would love for you to stop by and visit us! In addition to our regular exhibits and museum hours, there are plenty of other reasons to visit.

  • There will be a concert on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the museum lobby. It will feature the Georgia National Guard 116th Army Band and is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.
  • Also, be sure to check out our latest exhibit: “Diplomatic Patterns: A Sampling of White House China” is an exhibit that will be featured at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum until March 2, 2014. This temporary exhibit is included at no extra charge with your museum admission.

    “Very rarely do guests to The White House even get to see the china collection, but visitors to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum will be able to take a close look at plates used for State Dinners and presentation pieces given to U.S. Presidents. Presidents and first ladies have used White House social events as a means of conveying national honor and extending diplomatic relationships with other countries. Based on the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. Set Momjian and President and Mrs. Carter, with pieces from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Rutherford Hayes Presidential Center, ‘Diplomatic Patterns’ will show a sampling of the china that was used for these important events.”

While you are here, you and yours can pose for pictures around our replica 1980 White House Christmas tree in the museum lobby and stroll the grounds.

Directions to the Library and Museum can be found online. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (60+), military, and students with IDs. 16 and under are free and parking is free. Museum hours are 9am-4:45pm Monday through Saturday and Noon-4:45pm on Sundays. The Museum is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Up-to-date details regarding events and exhibits can be found online.

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Carter Center Forum on U.S.-China Relations

Our neighbors over at The Carter Center are hosting a forum on U.S.-China relations next week, November 11-12, 2013.

“The Carter Center, the Halle Institute for Global Learning of Emory University, and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries are bringing together renowned American and Chinese leaders and scholars to discuss the current status and the future of the bilateral relationship between the United States and China. Keynote speakers include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

The forum will launch a new Carter Center project on U.S.-China relations that seeks to reduce misperceptions in the bilateral relationship held by elites in both countries, promote greater U.S.-China cooperation in the developing world, and nurture a young generation of Americans and Chinese to work together to build a stronger foundation for the world’s most important bilateral relationship. These ideas will be shared and discussed with forum participants and help guide the Center’s work in China in the coming years.” –The Carter Center

Walter Mondale, Huang Chen (Liaison Office of China,) President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance, 2/8/1977

Walter Mondale, Huang Chen (Liaison Office of China,) President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance, 2/8/1977 [National Archives ID 173621]

Registration for the event is now closed, BUT you will be able to watch a live webcast on both the 11th and the 12th. Reservations are not required to view the webcast.

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Archives Month 2013

Congress has restored funding of appropriated activities and the National Archives has resumed normal operations. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum has re-opened to the public and is operating under its normal business hours.

In addition to being open again, the Carter Library thinks that October gives us plenty of other reasons to celebrate. For starters, we would like to celebrate the fact that The Carter Chronicle blog has been active for over a year now! It’s been a fun experience and we hope to continue it.

An even better reason to celebrate is that October is American Archives Month! In a recent blog post from the Archivist of the United States, it was stated that American Archives Month serves as “…a time to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists and to celebrate that work.”

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For example, the archival records of the Carter Library offer insight into the Administration of President Carter. United States domestic and foreign policy issues (1977-1981) are the primary topics of the Library’s archival collections. Many aspects of American society, business, and culture are also represented in the records. Information on conducting research at the Library can be found online.

October is also Georgia Archives Month and it is the month in which Jimmy Carter, our 39th President of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia.

Plains High School Graduating Class of 1941 (with Jimmy Carter as high school student) (National Archives Identifier: 6340629)

Plains High School Graduating Class of 1941 (with Jimmy Carter as high school student, front row, far right) (National Archives Identifier: 6340629)

“[Georgia] Archives Month is a way to celebrate the value of Georgia’s historical records, publicize the many ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records.” –GAM

We encourage each of you to celebrate archives in your communities and we invite you to share ways in which engaging with local history has had an impact on your lives by leaving a comment. Happy October!

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Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the National Archives (www.archives.gov) is closed. We are unable to post or participate in any of our social media channels during this closure. All National Archives facilities are closed, with the exception of the Federal Records Centers and the Federal Register until the Federal government reopens.

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Interns of Summer 2013

The goal of the internship program at the Carter Library is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience. Opportunities exist for students in a variety of disciplines, such as library & information science, political science, museum studies, and education. The Library would like to take the opportunity to feature two of its interns for 2013.

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Jonathan Salman:

“As an intern at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library I gained first-hand experience in archival work. I was able to see my work of processing a donated collection come into fruition. Moreover, this internship allowed me the opportunity to see the day to day operations of the Carter Library. This work enabled me to learn different aspects of both history and archiving. This fall I will move full-time to Atlanta and begin my studies at the Emory University School of Law.”

Kate Justement:

“While interning at the Jimmy Carter Library I gained immensely valuable experience working with archives. Throughout the summer I was able to work across the board in the audiovisual lab as well as with textual materials helping process different collections, update and create finding aids, and work with [the Archival Research Catalog.] One of my favorite tasks that I completed was fully processing a collection from Richard Morefield, one of the hostages during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. I am so thankful for the experience and skills I received from my internship, and I hope to continue pursuing a career with archives as I finish out my undergraduate and graduate degrees.”
As always, we’d like to thank our interns for the work that they do!
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Staff Bid Farewell to Museum Team Member

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum staff bid farewell to Anne Angstadt, Museum Technician, this September.

Anne Angstadt

I asked Anne if she’d be willing to share a little bit about herself and her plans for the future prior to her departure:

“I am a native Atlantan with a B. A. in English from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. I received my M. A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 2006. I became interested in museum work by doing a summer internship at the Atlanta History Center in college. I discovered I enjoyed working with historical objects and learning the stories behind them. After I graduated from graduate school, I moved back to Atlanta and worked for the City of Roswell as a Collections Specialist. They have three antebellum historic houses full of objects that I inventoried and cataloged. I started working as a Museum Technician at the Carter Library & Museum in September 2009.

I married Jared Angstadt, Flight Dispatcher for ExpressJet Airlines, October 7, 2012. We went on a cruise from Montreal to Boston following our wedding and plan to start a family in the next few years.  I’m not sure what my future plans are. I am considering pursuing an online library science degree starting in January 2014 at Valdosta State University. Right now I plan to do some museum collections consulting work for the City of Roswell. My hobbies include reading and traveling.”

Thanks for sharing, Anne! We have enjoyed having you as part of our team and we all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Teachers Grapple with Timely Topic: The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later

The following is a guest post by Kahlil G. Chism, Education Specialist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

This past July, twenty social studies teachers from the states of Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, and fifteen cities in Georgia participated in professional development training as attendees of The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later: Looking Back to Discover Future Prospects for Mideast Peace, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum’s 2013 Summer Seminar for educators.

During a week filled with hands-on document analysis activities, archival research opportunities, off-site experiences, and lectures from professional historians and former Carter administration officials, teachers refined their skill at using primary sources to develop critical historical thinking, and increased their knowledge of Middle Eastern history and U. S. foreign policy leading up to and during the Carter years.

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

This September will mark the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. At Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt met with President Carter for thirteen days, September 5 – 17, 1978. President Carter used his personal influence to bring these two leaders to a point of agreement. He knew that if these meetings failed, the result might be another war in the Middle East. The successful result of these meetings was the Camp David Accords, which were signed on September 17.

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the  Archival Research Reading Room

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the Archival Research Reading Room

The Accords are two frameworks or outlines for peace that led to an Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty the next year. The first accord outlined ways to give people of the West Bank and Gaza more political rights. The second accord suggested ways for Israel and Egypt to have peace between them. The Sinai region would be given back to Egypt, and Egypt would recognize Israel as a nation.

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Rosalynn Carter speaks to the group

One of the highlights of the week for many participants was a chance meeting with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter while they were on tour in the award-winning museum – where the Peace Accords, Peace Treaty, and President Carter’s handwritten notes are on display – as well as a private question and answer session with President Carter, where they had a chance to fill in any gaps in the historical scholarship about the facts and significance of the Accords. You can see video clips of their interactions with President Carter on the museum’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CarterPresidentialLibrary.

“The professors and speakers…were all wonderful and had so much information to provide,” according to one teacher via anonymous survey. Another said, “This is the best professional development experience I’ve had in 13 years of teaching. It was an amazing experience!”

If you’re interested in participating in future professional development training opportunities at the Carter Library, visit http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/education/

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers

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Summer Events at the Library & Museum

Summer will be over before you know it… Be sure to check out some of our remaining summer book events at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum! The following author readings/lectures/signings take place at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. As always, visit us online at our Events page for the most up-to-date details and for additional information on the events themselves. Directions can also be found online.

Mark Pendergrast
For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:00pm 

Barbara Perry
Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00pm 

Susan Mattern
The Prince of Medicine: Galen in the Roman Empire
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:00pm 

For our younger visitors, be sure to also check out our last Book Nook and Garden Safari event for the summer:

Preschool Visitors – Book Nook and Garden Safari
Monday, July 29, 2013
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Lobby
Book Nook: 10:00-10:30am
Garden Safari: 10:30am
Free and Open to the Public

On select Mondays, Jimmy Carter Library staff and volunteers will read from a selection of story books in our library and conduct an outdoor Garden Safari. Story time will be offered in the museum lobby at the colorful beanbag seating area by the Book Nook sign. Themes we will include are the presidency, leadership, growing up, roles adults play, etc. Simple language and colorful illustrations are included in every book. Colorful beanbag chairs are available to sit in. As with our other events, be sure to visit our Events page online for the most current information about the status of our events.

Volunteer Program/Tour Coordinator Janet Harris is ready to read! Come visit us for story time at the Book Nook.

Volunteer Program/Tour Coordinator Janet Harris is ready to read! Come visit us for story time at the Book Nook.

 

 

 

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