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President Herbert Hoover poses with his police dog King Tut this undated photo. (AP Photo/Hoover Library

President Herbert Hoover poses with his police dog, King Tut, in this undated photo. (AP Photo/Hoover Library

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Updated: July 25, 2012 6:15AM



Building presidential libraries on college campuses is a recent trend.

Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower all are remembered in free-standing institutions in their hometowns.

Jimmy Carter’s library in Atlanta has a loose affiliation with Emory University through the Carter Center. The JFK Library has loose affiliations with Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, whose campus the library abuts.

But George W. Bush is building his library on the campus of Southern Methodist University. His father put his on the campus of Texas A & M. Bill Clinton’s library is affiliated with the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

President Barack Obama could mimic Richard Nixon and split the difference between his hometowns of Chicago and Honolulu, putting the Library in one town and the museum in another.

Nixon’s library is in Yorba Linda, Calif., with a branch in College Park, Md., where you can listen to the notorious tapes.

Presidents raise private funds to build these libraries then deed them over to the National Archives. They often build private foundations adjacent to the libraries.

The well-known Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., is not included in this list because it is not administered by the National Archives. Unlike the libraries of the 20th Century presidents, Lincoln’s was created in 2004, 139 years after his death, with collections amassed by the state of Illinois and Lincoln historians over the years.

Here are the locations of the National Archives’ presidential libraries and the universities, if any, with which they are affiliated:

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, Iowa.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, N.Y.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, Independence, Mo.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene, Kan.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Mass. The library is across the street from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and does some joint programming with Kennedy’s alma mater, Harvard University.

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, at the University of Texas, Austin

Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, Calif., and in College Park, Md., near the University of Maryland

The Gerald R. Ford Library on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ford’s alma mater. The Gerald R. Ford Museum, jointly administered with the library, is in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, Ga. The Carter Center, next-door to the library, is a partner with Emory University

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, Calif.

The George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A & M University.

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, near the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library is being constructed on the grounds of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

— Abdon M. Pallasch



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