Kent State University
There's new trouble in Nixonville
There's new trouble in Nixonville

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library has not had a full-time director since I left the position in November 2011. This has disturbing implications both for how public history is approached at federal museums and for how public access is granted to crucial historical information. The National Archives and Records Administration, which oversees the library, began a search for my replacement in early 2012. Within a few months, the agency had chosen a candidate, well-respected historian Mark Lawrence, who is on the faculty of the University of Texas in Austin. Lawrence was an excellent choice, but the appointment languished as the Richard Nixon Foundation, a private nonprofit that supports...