When my daughter was in private elementary and middle school, there was no celebration for Malcolm X’s birthday. Now that she goes to a big, public urban high school — Berkeley High School in Berkeley, CA to be exact — today’s school calendar marks May 20th as Malcolm’s X’s Birthday Holiday, with an * next to it to denote “no school for students.”

Some interesting tweets, culled for no good reason except that in today’s political climate, I do believe activists need other activists. Desperately. That none of can do it alone. That the connections are deep. Complicated. Webbed. That we must give that nod, to each other.

From Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and a minister in her own right:

A haunting picture of Rosa Parks:

Black Entertainment Television (BET) crowdsourcing favorite quotes:

From Jumaane Williams, New York City’s newly elected Public Advocate — the ombudsman of all the people. He previously served as a New York City Council Member from Brooklyn representing the 45th District. East Flatbush, where I grew up.

Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He would have turned 94 this weekend.


I have said before that commemorative days like International Women’s Day almost always creep up on me, as does the #OTD hashtag — On This Day — a historical birthday celebration of sorts marking something important that happened “on this day.” I really do have to make a special iOS calendar for such dates (starting now) so I can be more deliberate about my own teaching, learning and writing in the years to come. But no, for all my complaining I have yet to do so. So indeed, my musings on International Women’s Day are a day late.

Today, a few celebratory insights from places around the globe and issues dear to my heart that for one reason or another, resonate with me today.


Despite many years living in the SF Bay Area and raising a preteen who considers herself a seriously real Californian, I remain at heart a native New Yorker. This, from the great borough of Queens, where a nonprofit working with Nepalese women held a special event:

Shrestha, 50, was among about 300 participants at the event that was organized by Adhikaar, a nonprofit organization working with New York’s Nepalese community. She has lived in Queens for more than two years with her husband and daughter, and while International Women’s Day was new to her, she did conclude that “I know women’s day is good.”

By contrast, another Nepalese woman, Laxmi Shrestha, 40, was very knowledgable and very excited about the event.

“I come to this event every year,” said Laxmi (no relation to Kanchi Maya), a banker at Chase Manhattan Bank for 11 years. Coincidentally, like Kanchi Maya, she is also a resident of Elmhurst. She was very supportive of the event’s promotion of women’s independence. “If you want to achieve something in life, then you have to be independent,” said Shrestha. “If you want to do something, you can definitely do it. If everyone can do it, then why not women?”

A central part of the event included a panel discussion on the subject of domestic violence and undocumented women.


As a wannabe-archivist when I grow up, this most certainly caught my attention:

You can go straight to the blog link here, which not only gives us an excellent portrayal of Trudy Peterson, but gives great insight into the history of archives-as-profession at the time. The emphasis is mine:

She became Acting Assistant Archivist (1985–1987), Assistant Archivist for the National Archives (1987–1993), and eventually Acting Archivist of the United States (1993–1995).

Peterson began her tenure as Acting Archivist during a difficult time at the Archives, when the agency had been accused of mismanagement and neglecting records, and was under governmental investigation. Just three months into her tenure, the agency lost a ruling for “failing to preserve and protect computer tapes made during the Reagan and Bush administrations.”

Peterson made several efforts to address these concerns. Throughout her tenure, Peterson led her office in implementing a strategic management plan that addressed various agency objectives, such as revising Federal records declassification policy and planning for space needs. She helped the agency to reorganize and streamline its workforce, and to better tailor its services to all those who visit and use Archives resources, such as historians and genealogists.


Being the political geek I am, I couldn’t help taking note of CNN’s International Women’s Day: A Look Back at Female Firsts in Politics. Not surprising given the nature of the outlet, the images are really quite good. And I always appreciate the chance to take a moment and reflect on the lives of women I really should learn more about: in this case for me, Janet Rankin — the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and Victoria Claflin Woodhull — the first woman to run for President on a nationally recognized ticket. Time to go to the library and search biographies…


When I began to play Irish flute a few years ago, I had no idea I would (slowly) become obsessed with all-things-Irish. If you have any interest in Irish history you will want to follow @ireland2016 on Twitter, the account for the official national commemorative initiative in honor of the 1916 Uprising:

When they seized the General Post Office in Dublin on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, the leaders of the Rising proclaimed a free Irish Republic in which the egalitarian idea was centrally enshrined. The Proclamation, which was first read out by Patrick Pearse on the steps of the GPO just after noon, declared the rights of the people of Ireland to be sovereign. It looked forward to the establishment of a native Government elected on the democratic principles of self-determination and government by consent. The 1916 Rising set in train an unstoppable process which led to the separation of Ireland from Great Britain.

Yesterday, around 500 invited guests and members of the public attended an event in Dublin marking International Women’s Day, as President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to the women involved in the 1916 Rising. Take a listen — it’s a remarkable tribute to justice and equality within a larger historical context that is getting a lot of attention this month.


I leave you with the official statement published by the Goldman Environmental Foundation, mourning the death of Berta Cáceres last week:

Berta Cáceres, an indigenous Lenca woman who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her fearless work to defend the Gualcarque River, its surrounding environment and people from the Agua Zarca Dam, was killed by gunmen last night in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras.

“On behalf of my siblings Doug Goldman and Susie Gelman, Prize jury, and staff, I’d like to express my deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues at COPINH and around the world,” said John Goldman, President of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. “She was a fearless environmental hero. She understood the risks that came with her work, but continued to lead her community with amazing strength and conviction.”

El Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH) known in English as the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras is a social and political organization supporting the indigenous and popular movements of Honduras. You can read more about Berta Cáceres here, and her work in opposition to the “Agua Zarca Dam… slated for construction on the sacred Gualcarque River, was pushed through without consulting the indigenous Lenca people—a violation of international treaties governing indigenous peoples’ rights. The dam would cut off the supply of water, food and medicine for hundreds of Lenca people and violate their right to sustainably manage and live off their land.”

In honor of all the women in Latin America and beyond, who fight for their rights, the rights of their families and communities, their rights as citizens of their great nations — may the murder(s) be found and brought to justice.

And may we all take a moment — albeit a day late — to think about the people, things, activities, interests and places dear to our hearts — and reflect on how they played a part in honoring #InternationalWomensDay.









As we approach this last weekend of a month designed to celebrate African-American history, I am profiling some smaller, local institutions who have taken the time to collate resources, do targeted outreach and/or put together special exhibits. Institutions that I am not very familiar with, and would not have otherwise come across — had I not set aside some time for research. Institutions that are very different from each other, located across the great American landscape. With a little commentary on why I think these institutions are cutting edge in their ability to leverage resources and do outreach. A little commentary on what makes them special, in the world of special collections.


Resident 12 year old’s reading for the week

While the DC Public Library may not qualify as a small institution, it is local, and as a local institution with an (arguably) national (and even international) focus is celebrating through a variety of programs including lectures, concerts, story times, plays, etc. Most interesting to me was this event, held last week. The emphasis is mine:

We are excited to have filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris with us as we screen his NAACP Image Award winning documentary, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. The film brings to light previously hidden and largely unknown images by both professional and vernacular African American photographers which add to our understanding of history by providing a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of Black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon.

Most important of course, is the emphasis on opening up the historical record to those voices traditionally silenced through marginalization. But equally important is how this particular event is leveraging other frameworks and resources:

Following the screening, Harris, founder of the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, will speak about the importance of personal archiving and his involvement in the community engagement project the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow, which collected 6000 images from personal family archives across the USA. Please bring a photo of your family member in person or on your phone to share!

The discussion will also be livestreamed here.

In conjunction with this keynote event, The Labs at DCPL is launching the Memory Lab, a DIY personal archiving space in the Digital Commons where you can digitize home movies, scan photographs and slides, and learn how to take care of your family heirlooms. Tours of the lab will happen every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. outside of the Digital Commons.

Thanks to work of the filmmaker, the institution — in spotlighting a film designed to challenge the traditional historical canon — is making a case for individual involvement in community engagement by encouraging attendees to bring along a photo to share. Thanks to an emphasis on the bigger picture — and leveraging resources — this event will springboard a new initiative, in this case The Labs at DCPL and the DIY personal archiving space. And yes, thanks to technology the live stream link on their website takes you to YouTube, so perhaps sometime soon those of us who missed the live event can watch it there.


Downtown Berkeley, California

From the other side of the country, in Portland Oregon, Portland State University (PSU) is also emphasizing collaboration, but this time rather than collaborating with a specific artist or secondary resource in the institution, they advertise:

PSU Library Special Collections is pleased to participate in the Black History Month celebration at the Center for Self Enhancement in North Portland, run by Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI). On display are exhibits from PSU Library, the Oregon Black Pioneers, and the World Arts Foundation.

You can find PSU’s archival collections, digital exhibits, oral histories, and online resources dedicated to African American history in Oregon and nationwide, here. For purposes of this particular collaboration, PSU Library Special Collections is contributing material from: 1) The Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection; and 2) the Senator Avel L. Gordly Papers.

The first collection “documents three generations of the Rutherford family and one hundred years of African American community life and culture in Oregon. It includes significant holdings related to the Portland office of NAACP, the oldest west of the Mississippi; local black chapters of fraternal organizations including the Masons and the Elks; the Culture Club and other women’s social clubs and organizations; the Bethel AME Church; railroad and restaurant workers unions; local African American businesses; and regional mobilization regarding issues of national impact such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” You can search the finding aid here, but more importantly for those not in residence is the collection’s digital exhibit, “Say We Are Here” which includes materials highlighting the family’s community service. Also important for those of us not in residence is The Rutherford Collection in PDX Scholar which includes materials from the NAACP and women’s organizations.

The second collection — the Senator Abel L. Gordly Paper — documents the political career of the first woman elected to the Oregon Senate, with an emphasis on her activism and advocacy as well as her roles with the Black United Front, the Urban League of Portland, the American Friends Service Committee, and Portlanders Organized for Southern African Freedom. You can find the finding aid here.

In choosing to participate with SEI, a 31 year old nonprofit organization supporting at-risk urban youth, PSU is making a statement about archival outreach and use of primary materials for research, especially for and with young people of color. These types of endeavors have my unflagging support in their ability to create a path so that we may all have access to our own community’s history, in the making. So that we may all contribute to our own community’s history, in the making. So that we may all do our work in the company of other repositories, so that the unfolding story that is finally told, is as uncompromised (as possible).

And smack in the middle of the country, the Davenport Public Library is home to the Richard-Sloane Special Collections Center which also serves as the Archives for the City of Davenport, holding many county resources. And as their blog post suggests, they are “Going Local for African-American History Month 2016.”

Included in their holdings you will find oral histories and life narratives of African-Americans in Iowa, and most interestingly:

Iowa Stories 2000. RSSCC Archives and Manuscript Collection #2005-02. Oral history interviews of L.A. Broyles, LaVerne Dixon, Bernice Jones, Robert Norville, Mary Ann Shurlock, Shirley & Franklin Powell, Benjamin Watson, and Elisha Williams recorded by intermediate school students in the Davenport Community School District as part of a project under Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack’s millennial-year literacy initiative.

You will also find files from the local branch of the NAACP, local research and a list of local publications, and most accessible — a list of blog posts written by Special Collections Staff — -including a fascinating piece on early history of public education in Davenport. I find it very helpful when institutions take the time to aggregate applicable blog posts in this manner. Great archival outreach.

I would be remiss to end by not pointing you to the-story-of-the-day: the digitization of the Rosa Parks Archive:

Quite remarkable given the legal battle between family and friends that kept the collection out of public view, until the foundation run by philanthropist Warren Buffet’s son bought the collection for placement via long-term loan.


Happy Iowa Caucus Day!

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Archives, Politics

Every four years we invite folks over for an Iowa Caucus party. Been doing it since 1988, when Dick Gephardt won it for the Democrats and Bob Dole bested his Republican rivals — with the eventual candidates Mike Dukakis and George H. Bush each coming in third. The potluck theme is bring-a-dish-representing-your-home-Congressional-District (CD), with home CD loosely defined, given the highly mobile and international nature of the SF Bay Area. In the good old days before kids we often had 30+ folks. Tonight will be a smaller and more intimate crowd, but no less fun, I am certain.


NY-26 (Buffalo, NY): Chicken Wings

The Iowa Caucus represents a rather recent history. All I really knew about the history of the day is that in large part it began in reaction to the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago and the perception that Democratic power brokers had too much control over the nomination process. Iowa has a long history of being a caucus state, but not always first in the nation:

The party responded with new rules on picking delegates, changes that basically forced Iowa to change the calendar of a caucus system it had used since the mid-19th century.

When Iowa Democrats moved up their 1972 caucuses to January, candidate and future Democratic nominee George McGovern — who had been involved in the rule changes — traveled to the Hawkeye State to campaign.

McGovern’s exertions drew the attention of aides to the then-little-known governor of Georgia: Jimmy Carter.

After announcing his long-shot presidential bid in late 1974, Carter began racing across Iowa, recruiting volunteers, appearing on local and radio television states, and creating staged events that began to draw media coverage  — basically the same thing that happens today.

In fact, according to Carter biographer Julian Zelizer, “it was Carter who made the Iowa caucuses a substantive, multi-media event.”

For a little history of the Iowa Caucus, take a look at this short video produced by Iowa Public Television:

Or read the transcript, here.


NY-11 (Bklyn, NY): Dominican Red Beans & Rice

From the Libraries, Archives and Manuscripts (LAM) perspective, take a read at a blog entry posted by the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections & University Libraries written four years ago, before the 2012 caucuses. It represents excellent archival outreach, in my opinion. The writer highlights: 1) two personal paper collections that contain historical material related to the Iowa Caucuses; 2) a link to a digital collection of photography documenting the Iowa Caucuses; and 3) two videos documenting talks and candidate visits of 2007-2008.

And for those who live in (or are visiting) Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa is in the middle of implementing a traveling display — First in the Nation. If you want see images and film clips from past caucuses as well as a selection of historical caucus artifacts from their extensive political collection, you can check out the schedule here. The display will be traveling until April 1, 2016.

And this, from Drake University:

In early 2014, Drake University’s Cowles Library and The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement announced the creation of the Iowa Caucus Collection to be housed in the University Archives. This historic collection will advance knowledge and research about the important political voice that have shaped Iowa and the nation.

The Iowa Caucus Collection is the only formal repository for the collection, preservation, and cataloging of historical artifacts associated with the caucuses. Since 1972, candidates have made exceptional efforts to attract Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voters, and this public collection will serve as a vital record of the special role Iowans have played in national politics and in selecting this country’s president.

In addition, the collection will be integrated into coursework, allowing Drake students to explore and better understand the history and significance of the Iowa caucuses. Students will also have the chance to work with Political Papers Archivist Hope Grebner in the preservation of these materials.

You can participate in building the Iowa Caucus Collection. We are accepting donations of Iowa Caucus campaign materials and files, memorabilia, footage, and photos.

Sounds like a wonderfully collaborative project. If you can’t wait until it is up and running, you can take a look at the two other projects that are part of the Drake University Archives and Special Collections, Political Papers Collections — The Tom Harkin Papers and the Neal Smith Papers. The Iowa Caucus Collection will be part of this Political Papers Collections.


MA-7 (Lexington, MA): Raspberry Lime Rickey

With that, given the theme of my Iowa Caucus party, I leave you with some wit and wisdom about Iowa food — courtesy of the New York Times:

This is not to say that every popular restaurant in the state has won national recognition and been a fixture on Jane and Michael Stern’s Roadfood map. But Archie’s helps dispel a myth that has taken hold — at least among some members of the press corps who descend on the state every four years to cover the presidential caucuses — that Iowans subsist on heat-lamped slices from Pizza Ranch and pork chops on a stick.

The dining landscape in the state that begins the presidential nominating process has far more to offer than pedestrian local chains and state-fair-novelty renditions of their favorite white meat. There is an increasingly robust restaurant community in Des Moines, the capital and largest city; an ambitious bistro in Davenport opened by an East Coast transplant who gave up a job as a John Deere corporate chef; and an array of small-town standbys and standards, some of which offer a pizza worth driving for and others that deliver, yes, James Beard-quality fare.

Enjoy the evening!



Posted: January 27, 2016 in Americana, Archives, Research, Teaching
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One of my favorite things about Twitter is the culture of the #OTD hashtag. On This Day. As in, “(X)-numbers-of-years-ago-today… so-and-so happened.” “Or, so-and-so-was born on this day in (name the date)…” Always learn something new. Always pleasantly surprised. Often react with, “it can’t have been that long ago…”

I am almost always taken off guard, and think I should start my own personal iPhone Calendar for #OTD so I have things to think about, write about, talk about with my 12 year old — with plenty of advanced time.

To that end I was reminded that I had forgotten the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade on January 22– the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion. In short:

Roe v. Wade (1973) ruled unconstitutional a state law that banned abortions except to save the life of the mother. The Court ruled that the states were forbidden from outlawing or regulating any aspect of abortion performed during the first trimester of pregnancy, could only enact abortion regulations reasonably related to maternal health in the second and third trimesters, and could enact abortion laws protecting the life of the fetus only in the third trimester. Even then, an exception had to be made to protect the life of the mother. Controversial from the moment it was released, Roe v. Wade politically divided the nation more than any other recent case and continues to inspire heated debates, politics, and even violence today (“the culture wars”). Though by no means the Supreme Court’s most important decision, Roe v. Wade remains its most recognized.

Most of all of course, watching the #Roe43 and the more personal #7in10ForRoe — aimed at bringing light to the fact that 7 in 10 women support the decision — hashtags make their way through my feed made me want to do more research.

The University of Memphis (UM) Libraries has developed a LibGuide to help library users locate sources for research about Roe v. Wade in the UM Libraries’ collections. Particularly good is the list of background resources and books held at the UM Libraries. Useful to anyone in search of material, even if not a student in Memphis.



Courtesy of GSU Digital Collections

The Georgia State University (GSU) Libraries has developed Research Guides for both Legal Resources: Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Rights: Primary Sources. The latter is compiled from the Libraries’ manuscript collections, and includes a variety of digital objects from: 1) the Nancy N. Booth Papers, composed of articles, notes, reports and a wide variety of feminist publications; 2) Georgians for Choice, a consortium of women’s organizations brought together in an effort to have greater impact in protecting and expanding women’s reproductive freedom in Georgia; and 3) Planned Parenthood South East Records, from The Atlanta, Georgia affiliate of Planned Parenthood.

I highly recommend taking a look at the images.

And lastly, the Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center at Seton Hall University holds the Stephen H. Foley Right to Life Papers — an unprocessed collection at the moment, but with material that may be available for research purposes:

Stephen J. Foley is a lawyer involved with the New Jersey Right to Life organization. The Stephen J. Foley Right to Life papers include materials created and disseminated by the New Jersey Right to Life organization, including meeting notes, pamphlets and photographs, materials related to the pro-life movement in New Jersey such as newspaper articles, legal materials from court cases related to abortion, and Stephen Foley’s notes and correspondence related to his involvement with Right to Life. Some of this material appears to be contemporary to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade in 1973, and may refer to this case peripherally.

And only a representative set of diverse research materials in the form of LibGuides and archival holdings, spanning a range of perspectives.

Much more out there, I know.

Happy #NationalHatDay

Posted: January 15, 2016 in Americana, Archives
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Without Twitter, I would not know that today is #NationalHatDay.

And without having picked up on the hashtag, I would have missed out on some historical tidbits!

Who knew that FDR had a lucky hat, and that he wore it during all four presidential campaigns?

Great post about it over at the Blog of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum:

After winning the 1944 election, FDR gave this hat to the Roosevelt Library. The hat will be on display in the Library’s new permanent exhibit, opening June 30, 2013.

Who knew that Edgar Degas produced more than twenty paintings, pastels, and drawings of millinery shops?

Learn more from the J. Paul Getty Museum, here:

Who knew that rumor had it that JFK caused a decline in the hat industry, due to the fact that he rarely wore them?

Check out the hashtag #NationalHatDay for a delightful glimpse in the diverse and wide-range of holdings at some of our great cultural institutions. Everything from baseball, to presidents, to the military, to fashion — and way, way more.




Like so many, I was saddened to read about the death of Sen. Dale Bumper (D-Arkansas). A heroic public servant. The author of one of my favorite political memoirs, his 2003 book “The Best Lawyer in a One-Lawyer Town.” And yes, as I heard of his death over the radio, vaguely remembered a controversy over his personal papers housed at the University of Arkansas.

Dale Bumpers, an Arkansas Democrat who rose to prominence in the 1970s as a reformist governor emblematic of a new wave of Southern leaders and then served four terms in the U.S. Senate, where he was known for his oratorical skills and political independence, died Jan. 1 at his home in Little Rock. He was 90.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease and a broken hip, said his son Bill Bumpers.

A former trial lawyer in the Ozark foothills, Mr. Bumpers triumphed over a set of formidable Arkansas politicians, including Winthrop Rockefeller and J. William Fulbright, to launch his career.

51ry5TMKnmL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_He led a remarkable life. A trial lawyer known as a remarkable speaker who led the state as governor from 1971 to 1975, and then represented it as senator until 1999. A progressive in many ways: a proponent of arms control, a governor who raised taxes and teacher salaries, a senator who voted against proposals to ban flag desecration and permit states to prohibit abortion, and in 1984 was the only Southerner to oppose a proposal to permit prayer in public schools.

He served the Marines during WW II and might be best known for his passionate closing argument defending President Bill Clinton against removal from office in a Senate trial:

“There is a very big difference in perjury about a marital infidelity in a divorce case and perjury about whether I bought the murder weapon or whether I concealed the murder weapon or not,” he said. “And to charge somebody with the first and punish them as though it were the second stands justice, our sense of justice, on its head. There’s a total lack of proportionality, a total lack of balance, in this thing. The charge and the punishment are totally out of sync.”

In an interview in 2011, Gregory B. Craig, one of Mr. Clinton’s lawyers in the trial, called Mr. Bumpers’s speech “the single most powerful argument in the defense of the president” and “one of the greatest final arguments ever given in an American courtroom.”

That said, none of the obituaries I read mentioned a March 17, 2015 report from Mother Jones — an article based on the then newly public diary of the retired senator where Bumpers was highly critical of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The entries were penned during the 1980’s and the diary was included in the senator’s personal papers in the University of Arkansas. An excerpt from the report:

In 1999, three weeks after retiring from the US Senate, Arkansas Democrat Dale Bumpers flew back to the nation’s capital to save his friend of 25 years, President Bill Clinton, from impeachment. Delivering the closing argument for the defense during Clinton’s Senate trial, he testified to Clinton’s character. “In all of those years, and all those hundreds of times we’ve been together, both in public and in private,” Bumpers said, “I have never one time seen the president conduct himself in a way that did not reflect the highest credit on him, his family, his state, and his beloved nation.” His speech was hailed by the press—and by Clinton—as a key ingredient in the president’s ultimate acquittal.

But Bumpers, who is 89, cast the Clintons in a far different light in his diary, portions of which are included in his personal papers at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The collection was opened to the public last year. Writing in his journal during the 1980s, as Bill and Hillary Clinton were on the rise in Arkansas, Bumpers was critical of their character and political future, dismissing them as “manic ambitious” and “manic obsessed” and alleging that Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign had resorted to “dirty tricks.”

The family of former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers can restrict access to his papers in the University of Arkansas library’s special collections department, according to a 15-year-old agreement between the family and the university. And indeed, that is what happened:

In response to the Mother Jones piece, the University of Arkansas library has pulled the diary from its collection at the request of Bumpers’ son, Brent. Per the Arkansas Democrat–Gazette:

Brent Bumpers of Little Rock, son of the former senator, said he was “shocked” by the diary. He has questioned its origin and authenticity, saying nobody in the family had ever heard anything about Dale Bumpers keeping a dairy.

Brent Bumpers said his father, who is 89 years old, doesn’t remember keeping a diary. He said Dale Bumpers always admired the Clintons and wouldn’t have written the things the diary contains.

Brent Bumpers said he wants to review the diary, but he won’t have the opportunity for several days.

Although Dale Bumpers hasn’t personally requested that the diary be pulled, Laura Jacobs, UA associate vice chancellor for university relations, said Brent Bumpers is speaking and acting on behalf of his father regarding the Dale Bumpers Papers.

That said, the Senator Dale Bumpers Papers (Manuscript Collection 1490) were opened to the public on March 19, 2014, donated in 2000 to the University of Arkansas Libraries.

“At more than 1,000 boxes, the Dale Bumpers Senatorial Papers is the second-largest manuscript collection held by the University of Arkansas Libraries and contains materials supporting research from agriculture to political science to business,” said Nutt. “Senator Bumpers’ name has a storied reputation not only with the University of Arkansas, but within the state and the nation as a whole, and we are thankful he preserved his papers and made them available to the public so Arkansans can study his legacy for years to come.”

You can explore the finding aid, here.

And just as interesting is a digital exhibit of the Gubernatorial Papers of Dale Leon Bumpers, housed at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Center for Arkansas History and Culture.

Two resources worth checking out, in honor of a great public servant.