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Springing Forward

by on March 8, 2013


For anyone thinking of visiting the Jimmy Carter Museum this weekend, staff would like to remind all that Daylight Saving Time (United States) starts on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 am.

We are ready to SPRING forward! (How about you?)

Grounds in front of the Carter Museum

Grounds in front of the Carter Museum

On December 15, 1973, President Nixon gave a Statement on Signing the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973–it’s interesting to see some of the responses Daylight Saving Time has received since then! You can view the text of the statement at The American Presidency Project.

Using the National Archive’s Online Public Access, I found that the Carter Library has documents pertaining to the topic. In response to Georgians writing letters of concern and protest regarding the time change in the winter, Max Cleland writes the following in January of 1974:

“Thank you so very much for your concern about the present shift to daylight saving time in the Winter months.

I bitterly oppose this move. I think it creates a hardship on school children and working people and I will do everything in my power to reverse this decision. [...]

I want you to know that I am most interested in seeking a solution to this situation. I think it is an unnecessary hardship which the average person in our State and in our country has to bear. The general Accounting Office in Washington says that shifting to daylight saving time during the Winter months will save only slightly less that 1% of our energy. I believe that until there are cuts made elsewhere in energy the school children and working people in our State should not have to suffer. I strongly believe that daylight saving time should not be in effect anywhere in the country during the school months.”

The above passage comes from textual documentation located in a file entitled “Daylight Savings Time” [National Archives Identifier 5717407] in the Senate Papers of the Max Cleland Papers here at the archives of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. This series of textual documents consists of correspondence to and from Max Cleland from various states and counties in Georgia. Also included are summaries of major legislation that passed the House and Senate during the 1974 Georgia General Assembly. In addition, this series contains a draft report of the establishment of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Cleland served as director of the Veterans Administration during President Carter’s administration.

Regardless of your feelings on the topic of Daylight Saving Time, we¬† hope that you’ll have a great TIME visiting the Library and Museum.


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