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1KCGordon
May 8, 2013, 3:39pm Top

Just talked to the curator at the Eisenhower Historic Site and he will be emailing me a spreadsheet with the ~750 books of DDE's personal library. Will start on this tomorrow.

2jbd1
May 8, 2013, 3:40pm Top

Nice! Once you have it, if you want help (and if it's workable), let me know, that would be a good flash-mob!

3timspalding
May 8, 2013, 5:16pm Top

Wow. This would be an excellent flash mob. Also, it would be nice to announce this, not just Wallace ;)

4jbd1
May 8, 2013, 5:57pm Top

(Exactly) :-)

5KCGordon
May 8, 2013, 9:17pm Top

The curator at the Eisenhower NHS said he should be able to get it to me in a couple of days. I decided to check on some other Presidents. The archivist at Reagan's library said that they get requests for what he read fairly frequently, so it should be in a couple of days from now. The Forbes Library has Coolidge's professional library that was sent to them from the White House, a cataloger is going to get back to me to see if they can get a query set up to pull his. I will be calling the Vermont state historic site for the parts of his leisure reading library and he may be able to get me in touch with the family for the rest. The Harding museum has his books, but needs a couple of weeks or so to get a listing in a format to send to me.

Hoover may be impossible. According to the archivist at his Pres. Lib. he tended not to keep books and would give them away when done or when he moved. They do have records of what he checked out from the Library of Congress, but they are on cards. I'm kind of using this as a way for me to remember where I am on this.

6timspalding
May 8, 2013, 9:31pm Top

I think this is an excellent project. We should pool them all together and make it a thing.

7rosalita
May 8, 2013, 9:55pm Top

FWIW, I live in West Branch, IA, the town where Hoover's presidential library is located. If it's a matter of needing someone to go the library and transcribe what's on the cards, let me know.

8KCGordon
May 9, 2013, 12:06am Top

It's up to jbd and tim as to whether it should go in here or not, since they weren't owned by Hoover. The archivist that I spoke to said that they would welcome any volunteer who would like to do this for them.

9benjclark
May 9, 2013, 11:22am Top

Confession: I've been sitting on a contact at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Home in Kansas about LL. Sounds like when we get done with the Gettysburg collection (NHS), we could maybe tackle the collection from the home in Kansas.

10KCGordon
May 10, 2013, 8:46am Top

I have the listing from the Farm. It came as a Word .doc and I need a place to upload it to. Any suggestions? I'm setting up account now.

11jbd1
May 10, 2013, 9:03am Top

If you email it to me (jeremy AT librarything.com) I can pdf-ize it and upload it on LT, or we can wiki-ize it too. But send it over and I'll get it set up!

12Muscogulus
May 11, 2013, 4:55pm Top

> 3,4

As the Wallace instigator, I couldn't agree more.

The presidents project sounds great, and makes me think of someone I could probably entice to join LT to help out. A well qualified someone, and an Eisenhower fan in particular.

13KCGordon
May 11, 2013, 6:35pm Top

Great, I've started an account, DDEisenhower, and will sent the password to anyone who wants to help. I am not good at writing, so if anyone else wants to tackle the bio, feel free. Otherwise I will try to muddle through.

14jbd1
Edited: May 11, 2013, 7:07pm Top

KCGordon sent me the list last night (and it's great, with lots of location and shelf info, which we can add as tags). I'm working on getting that all worked out and will have a link to that plus a project wiki up soon for folks who want to help out. KCGordon, which sections are you working through now?

15KCGordon
May 11, 2013, 11:16pm Top

Hey, I've finished through DDE Bedroom 19A.

16jbd1
Edited: May 13, 2013, 10:17am Top

Nice, very speedy!! I added some location-based tags to those you cataloged (basically following the template we used for Kipling's, since that list was organized similarly), as a test to see how that scheme would work for the rest of the library. Looks like it will do quite nicely.

I've got a wiki up now: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Eisenhower if folks want to jump in and play! kcgordon has made some serious headway on this one already! See the wiki page for instructions, or post here with questions, &c.

If we get another list from the Kansas site we can add that as a separate collection, which would be awesome.

17KCGordon
May 16, 2013, 5:34pm Top

It looks as though this has now been completed.

18Esquiress
May 17, 2013, 11:06pm Top

I would totally write the bio, at least, but I don't feel that I know enough about Eisenhower. I'm a general writer type.

19Muscogulus
May 18, 2013, 6:27pm Top

So am I right in thinking the Gettysburg books are done, but there are more to come from Kansas?

BTW, kudos to everyone who worked through these books so quickly! I've been enjoying browsing in the collection.

20jbd1
May 18, 2013, 6:41pm Top

Right, yep, if we get more info on the KS books, we can add 'em. And yes, many thanks to all who helped with this bunch! I'm hoping to get Truman going soon too - more on that before long!

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