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Chicago, NY, Hawaii shortlisted for Obama’s Presidential Library Project

Four universities in Chicago, New York and Honolulu have been shortlisted as potential sites for Barack Obama’s future presidential library, reports abcNews. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the multi-million-dollar legacy project, has selected the University of Hawaii (in Obama’s birthplace Honolulu), New York’s Columbia University, the University of Chicago (where Obama used to teach) and the University of Illinois at Chicago as contenders. According to the foundation, the library would need to house more than 20,000 cubic feet of unclassified documents, 804 cubic feet of audio-visual records and 15 thousand cubic feet of artefacts—an area about as large as the Oval Office. There may also be plans to build an accompanying Presidential Centre and foundation or policy institute. Proposals are to be submitted in December 2014 and must include details such as funding sources, opportunities for academic collaboration, diversity goals, potential marketing strategies, and in-depth building site analyses.

Library of Congress to House Rosa Parks Collection

A collection of more than a thousand items that belonged to the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks will be housed by the Library of Congress, reports USA Today. The collection is made up of around 1500 items, including Parks’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal, personal correspondence, photographs, autobiographical notes, letters from presidents, 200 drawings by school children and hundreds of cards written in thanks. The library will house the collection on a decade-long loan from the Howard G Buffett Foundation, which purchased the collection from the Parks estate for US$4.5 million (approx A$5 million) in August. Items and documents will be exhibited, digitised and made available via the library’s website.


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