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dc.contributor.advisorO'Donnell, Wilson
dc.contributor.authorForsberg, Becky
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-31T21:05:19Z
dc.date.available2018-07-31T21:05:19Z
dc.date.submitted2018
dc.identifier.otherForsberg_washington_0250O_18775.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/42021
dc.descriptionThesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2018
dc.description.abstractScholars have portrayed presidential libraries and museums as either whitewashed and propagandist temples to presidents or highly valuable institutions of American democracy. However, the literature lacks a discussion of the curatorial process for creating the contested exhibits and the choices that were made in that process, leaving out a conversation of curatorial voice and authority in presidential libraries. The purpose of this study was to identify the curatorial choices made in presenting presidential history in presidential library and museum exhibitions. Qualitative data collected from curators at nine of the 13 presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Association (NARA) were collected in this phenomenological study. Findings suggested that a major goal of presenting presidential history was to showcase the significance of the president, especially focused on accomplishments, relevancy, and legacy. Additionally, findings indicate that curatorial authority was kept to the individual libraries rather than NARA or the president’s private foundation.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rightsCC BY-NC-SA
dc.subjectcuratorial authority
dc.subjectNARA
dc.subjectNational Archives
dc.subjectpresidential libraries
dc.subjectMuseum studies
dc.subject.otherMuseology
dc.titleThe Bully Pulpit on Display: How Presidential Libraries Present Presidential History
dc.typeThesis
dc.embargo.termsOpen Access


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