Presidential Libraries & Museums Symposium: Call for Papers
We invite a wide range of scholars interested in any material aspect of US Presidential
Libraries and Museum’s to submit ~500-word abstracts by May 30, 2020, for a
symposium to be held October 8-9, 2021, followed by an edited publication in early
Presidential Libraries and Museum’s (PL&Ms) form a uniquely American typology and
over time they have not only stored the archives of the presidency but also shaped
history into images and concepts experienced as structured narratives engaging
citizens on many levels. The first libraries (Hoover’s, FDR’s, Truman’s, and
Eisenhower’s) were located in the “hometown” of the President and architecturally
modest with the emphasis on creating efficient and functional archives and reading
rooms. The architecture and display of material objects were initially secondary.
However, starting with Kennedy’s and continuing to Obama’s, the design, planning, and
location of these PL&Ms have become much more critical given the politics of their
construction, their cost, and their local cultural and economic impacts.
Critique of any of the thirteen existing libraries (Hoover to George W. Bush) and future
libraries (Obama and Trump) are welcome. We also encourage potential participants to
contact us prior to submitting the abstract to discuss possible subjects in order to
achieve a wide range of paper topics and approaches.
The long lead time is to encourage scholars who perhaps have not considered
researching these varied fascinating sites to participate. We are also pursuing diverse
sources of funding to potentially defray travel costs for participants.
December 2019: Call for abstracts
May 30, 2020: Abstracts due
June 30, 2020: Notifications of acceptance
January 25, 2021: First drafts of papers due
May 31, 2021: Presentation drafts due
October 8-9, 2021: Conference and discussion.
January 31, 2022: Final revised papers due for publication.