ABILENE, Kan. – A record 856 onsite researchers visited the
Eisenhower Presidential Library archives in fiscal year 2014 (10/1/2013 to 9/30/2014), breaking a 50 year old mark by more than 50 visitors. The new record was set despite a nearly three week government shutdown. Library staff also served 2,800 offsite researchers.
A new accession from the family of Eisenhower’s Abilene friend Ruby Norman Lucier includes Ike’s own freshman and senior West Point yearbooks, which he gave to the then Ms. Norman. Another important new accession comes from the family of Eisenhower’s cousin Nettie Stover Jackson. The letter from Dwight Eisenhower’s mother Ida to Nettie includes new details on Ike’s birth.
Archival processing and declassification work has discovered documents relating to NATO operations, psychological strategy, intelligence and national security matters. Approximately 107 documents were declassified in full (totaling 511 pages) and an additional 191 documents were declassified in part (totaling 1,388 pages).
The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. (http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/)