Josiah Bartlet Presidential Library
 
The president Josiah Barlet had the opportunity to study in Williams, Harvard, and Yale but he chose the University of Notre Dame. This university normally ranks between the top 25 in the U.S. News and World Report survey of America's best colleges. The University has a gothic architecture and park-like landscape (1250 acres). It is a catholic conservative university.
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At first the president wanted to be a priest but after meeting his future wife, he decided otherwise. Josiah Barlet graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in American studies and a minor in theology. Afterwards, he obtained a Master and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics. In addition, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Dartmouth College, where he was a professor before engaging his life in politics.  He speaks four languages.

Your reference librarian Ana Bui


 
 
Four United States Presidents have won the Nobel Prize: Theodore Roosevelt; Josiah Bartlet; Jimmy Carter; Barack Obama. 

Presidents Roosevelt, Carter, and Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize.  Roosevelt and Obama won the prize while serving in the Oval Office.  Carter won in his post-presidency.

Josiah Bartlet won the Nobel Prize in Economic Science before he was elected President making him the only Nobel Prize winner to be elected President.

Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his work in the negotiations that led to the Treaty of Portsmouth ending the Russo-Japanese War in 1905.  This made him the first American to win a Nobel Prize in any of the categories.

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1979 was awarded jointly to Josiah Bartlet of the United States and Yosh Takahashi of Japan "for their fundamental contributions to the economic theory of development."  Bartlet published his Nobel Prize winning work in a book entitled Theory and Practice of Macroeconomics in Developing Countries.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2002 was awarded to Jimmy Carter "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development".

The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

-- Martin, Resident Historian
 
 
The phone rang just when my computer shut down for the day. As usual! Typically I shoot the caller over to voicemail, because it's never for me, but this time it was different.
This time, it was President Bartlet on the phone!
Yes, for real.
He is back in town for his annual summer holiday, and was poking around his old haunts and heard his old report cards had landed in our laps. He wanted to come and nose through the old report cards, and was wondering if he could stop by. In ten minutes.
I jumped about ten feet high and said 'Yes!' then ran around the library to make sure everything was worthy of a state visit.
President Bartlet came by a few minutes later with a smoothie for me from Frutika and I left him alone at my desk for an hour while he looked through the report cards. He was gracious and polite, and loved our new exhibits.
It was an honor, and an amazing incentive to work even harder to make this library the best it can be!
-Sarah
 
MOLD! 07/30/2011
 
Yesterday I was unpacking and beginning to process a new collection when I opened one of the books to find several clusters of black and green spots. I knew this couldn't end well. So I got a pair of nitrile gloves and brought the book in under the fume hood. I carefully brushed at both sets of spots. The black moved like dust, the green was... fuzzy. Big UH-OH. This book was unfortunately moldy. I continued to flip carefully through the book. There were clusters of both black and green mold along the edges of many of the pages. So what to did I do?

First a little background. Mold on books is just like the mold in your fridge. Same genus, different species. It grows when paper (made of pulverized wood) gets wet and is not allowed to dry.  Combined with long exposure to high levels of humidity, mold grows and spreads.

So what did I do? Well the Northeast Document Conservation Center recommends consulting with a mycologist (someone who studies mold) to make sure the mold isn't toxic, but as this was late Friday afternoon, I decided to keep it under the fume hood and use HEPA vacs and the fume hood to protect myself. First I made sure the book wasn't wet. It wasn't which didn't account for why there was active mold (the green stuff). So it must mean something else in the box is wet. Will search for it to keep it away from the rest of our collections! For the dry mold,  I used a brush to brush what I could, on to a tray holding the book. This will get vacuumed later. For the wet mold I used a special wet/dry vacuum with a HEPA system. These are the only system that is acceptable to deal with mold.

Because there is active mold (which by the way will not always  be green! Mold, both active, and inactive mold, can come in many different shades from black to purple to green to yellow!). I keep the book in under the fume hood and go searching through the box it came in and come across more active mold. Unfortunately, several of the documents and another book are too far gone with mold to be salvageable. So they will be put into large black trash bags, wrapped with duct tape and put into the garbage.  I checked the other boxes in the collection and they all seem to be fine. I, of course will check more thoroughly when I fully process the collection but it looks like to be contained to one box which is excellent!

The Missoula Public Library has an excellent picture of different colored molds together in a book:
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courtsey of the Missoula Public Library blog: http://missoulapubliclibrary.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html
Katrina B. - archivist
 
 
The President Josiah Barlet took such a weak position on gay right issues such as gay marriage. Considering that the he is a very religious person, he probably did not want to fight to improve gay rights. Religion sometimes may influence political decisions and endeavors. However, other US presidents have also taken a very weak position on the defense of gay rights. For instance, president Obama is in favor of improving gay rights but he has done very little to achieve new rights for gay people. President Obama has taken a middle position between those that fight to improve gay rights and those that want to maintain the status quo. Churches in the US are very powerful and influential and then politicians do not want to lose their support. Josiah Barlet assumed a weak position in favor of gay rights because he was protecting his political safety in a country in which gay rights is still a controversial subject.


Your reference librarian, Ana Bui
 
 
While president, Jed Bartlet named three Justices to the United States Supreme Court.  In Bartlet's first time, in 2000, Associate Justice Roberto Mendoza was named to fill the seat vacated when Justice Joseph Crouch retired. 

In his second term, in 2004, Jed Bartlet named two more Justices to the Court: Chief Justice Lang and Associate Justice Mulready.  When Associate Justice Owen Brady died in office and Chief Justice Roy Ashland became ill, the need to fill two seats simultaneously arose.  Circuit Court Justice Evelyn Baker Lang was selected to become the first women to hold the post of Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  To replce the conservative Justice Brady, an other conservative was selected to maintain the Court's balance.  Justice Christopher Mulready was chose to fill that seat.  Both Justices were confirmed easily.


-- Martin,  Resident Historian

 
 
Many museums have items that are either in need of repair or need protection. The JBPL is no different. Because our items are not as old, most of the time what they need is protection. My job as an archivist is to supervise this protection. So one of things I do for books is to make a book box, or as it's also known, a phase box.  Having been trained on the method developed by Per Cullhed (Although my training varies ever so slightly from these directions), the book box is a simple yet effective way to protect books and groups of paper items of further damage. The US National Park Service has a great Conser-O-gram on the importance of these boxes. These boxes are not only good protection, they are so very cost effective. They do not take long to make (fast workers can do two in an hour!) and the materials needed are low cost. At the JBPL, we use book boxes to hold many items such as the Bartlet's personal bible, the Nobel Prize medallion, and a first edition copy of President Bartlet's book.  Here is a nice video on how they are made (again, every archivist is different in how they make them)

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At JBPL, we also have lots and lots of paper documents that also need protection. For many of the papers, they are started in archival safe (neutral ph) folders like the ones to the left. Those folders then, depending on the size of the collection go into a variety of sized boxes. Two of the most common that we use are:


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Those are just two of the many ways, the JBPL is working to protect items of the former President.

Katrina - resident archivist
 
 
Did you know that President Josiah Bartlet is the only United States President in history to temporarily resign the Presidency under the rules of the 25th Amendment for reasons other than medical?  [Interestingly, the two times that a President temporarily handed power over to the Vice President were for colonoscopies: Ronald Reagan in 1985 and George W. Bush in 2002 and 2007.]  Contrary to popular believe, when President Reagen was shot in 1981, the 25th Amendment was not invoked.  Neither was it invoked when President Bartlet was shot in Roslyn, Virginia.

When his daughter Zoe was kidnapped in May, 2003, following her graduation from Georgetown University in order to prevent undue influence on the Oval Office, President Bartlet resigned temporarily.

Under Section 3 of the 25th Amendment, "whenever the President transmits to the
President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President ... Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office."

However, Vice President John Hoynes has resigned that office earlier in the month, so there was no Vice President to take over.  Under the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, after the Vice President the next in line of succession is the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

When Zoey Bartlet was kidnapped, the Speaker of the House was Glenallen Walken, a Republican from Missouri.  By turning over power to his political rival, Jed Bartlet proved the enduring power of the United States Constitution.  While Democratic leaders were disturbed by this transition, Republican leaders were in awe of Jed Bartlet's patriotism.  "He showed that the office matters more than the man," one GOP insider said.

Of course, the nightmare ended when Zoey Bartlet was found and returned to her family and President Bartlet resumed his duties as President.


-- Martin, Resident Historian
 
 
It is strange to think that Josiah Bartlet is such a religious man, but he is indeed. He is catholic and he is a fervent believer. He acted many times as a moral leader, for instance: he traveled for many months trying to convince women not to abort. He worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Catholic league. He has read the bible. 

His strong catholic position affected his campaign because many people were afraid of voting for a religious person. Definitely, the ideal scenery is that politics and religion should not mix. However, Josiah Barlet is a controversial president and then his believes makes him a very interesting personality.

Your reference librarian, Ana Bui
 
 
As St. Anthony school in Manchester, NH did a little summer-holiday cleaning, they found a unique bit of treasure for our library. A keen-eyed teacher noticed the name on the file folder found in a dusty box under the stairs in the basement, and passed it on to us. When I came in this morning the mail carrier brought me a huge package from the school containing a complete set of report cards for President Bartlet's school years from kindergarten to Grade 6.

I am passing these along to our staff, but first I needed to take a quick peek and found this gem in the President's Grade 3 report card:

"Josiah has taken a leadership role in his Rockets Reading Group this semester. I am proud that he has decided to use his energy to help his friends succeed, instead of how it was previously used to help his friends laugh."