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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.
Nice! Once you have it, if you want help (and if it's workable), let me know, that would be a good flash-mob!
Wow. This would be an excellent flash mob. Also, it would be nice to announce this, not just Wallace ;)
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.
I think this is an excellent project. We should pool them all together and make it a thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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