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42,454 newly released documents (168,926 pages) from the Carter Administration are now available at the Carter Library via the RAC (Remote Archives Capture) program! The topics of the documents center largely on foreign policy during Carter’s Administration, 1977-1981. These documents can be searched electronically and accessed in the Library’s research room on standalone computers. Interested in doing research at the Carter Library? Visit us online for details!

For more details on the RAC Program in general, visit the National Archives online.


With the start of 2014 comes another year of projects and new discoveries in the archives of the Jimmy Carter Library… As such, the Library would like to take the opportunity to feature one of its newest volunteers/interns who is helping us kick off another year of projects behind-the-scenes in the archives.

The goal of the internship program at the Carter Library is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a meaningful and realistic work experience. Opportunities exist for students in a variety of disciplines, such as library & information science, political science, museum studies, and education. Our current featured intern is Amber Seale, whom we’ve invited to share a little bit about herself and her current project(s) at the Library.


“As a volunteer and soon to be intern at the Carter Library, I have had the opportunity to work on the personal collection of David Rubenstein, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Staff [during President Carter’s Administration.] To date, I have been assisting in arranging boxes of documents by subject matter. It has been very interesting to work with documents that are as old I am!

My internship officially starts in another week. I am excited to continue working on the Rubenstein collection and also working in other areas of the library as well. This hands-on experience works in conjunction with one of my classes this semester, which pertains to the administration and use of archival materials. My internship will benefit me greatly while I continue to work on my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.”

Music, Museums, & Merriment!

by on December 12, 2013

Happy Holidays from the staff of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum! We can’t believe another year has come and gone… Best wishes to all for a great ending to 2013 and a fantastic beginning for 2014.

If you are in Atlanta for the holidays, we would love for you to stop by and visit us! In addition to our regular exhibits and museum hours, there are plenty of other reasons to visit.

  • There will be a concert on Sunday, December 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the museum lobby. It will feature the Georgia National Guard 116th Army Band and is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed.
  • Also, be sure to check out our latest exhibit: “Diplomatic Patterns: A Sampling of White House China” is an exhibit that will be featured at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum until March 2, 2014. This temporary exhibit is included at no extra charge with your museum admission.

    “Very rarely do guests to The White House even get to see the china collection, but visitors to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum will be able to take a close look at plates used for State Dinners and presentation pieces given to U.S. Presidents. Presidents and first ladies have used White House social events as a means of conveying national honor and extending diplomatic relationships with other countries. Based on the private collections of Mr. and Mrs. Set Momjian and President and Mrs. Carter, with pieces from the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and the Rutherford Hayes Presidential Center, ‘Diplomatic Patterns’ will show a sampling of the china that was used for these important events.”

While you are here, you and yours can pose for pictures around our replica 1980 White House Christmas tree in the museum lobby and stroll the grounds.

Directions to the Library and Museum can be found online. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors (60+), military, and students with IDs. 16 and under are free and parking is free. Museum hours are 9am-4:45pm Monday through Saturday and Noon-4:45pm on Sundays. The Museum is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Up-to-date details regarding events and exhibits can be found online.

Our neighbors over at The Carter Center are hosting a forum on U.S.-China relations next week, November 11-12, 2013.

“The Carter Center, the Halle Institute for Global Learning of Emory University, and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries are bringing together renowned American and Chinese leaders and scholars to discuss the current status and the future of the bilateral relationship between the United States and China. Keynote speakers include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

The forum will launch a new Carter Center project on U.S.-China relations that seeks to reduce misperceptions in the bilateral relationship held by elites in both countries, promote greater U.S.-China cooperation in the developing world, and nurture a young generation of Americans and Chinese to work together to build a stronger foundation for the world’s most important bilateral relationship. These ideas will be shared and discussed with forum participants and help guide the Center’s work in China in the coming years.” -The Carter Center

Walter Mondale, Huang Chen (Liaison Office of China,) President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance, 2/8/1977

Walter Mondale, Huang Chen (Liaison Office of China,) President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Cyrus Vance, 2/8/1977 [National Archives ID 173621]

Registration for the event is now closed, BUT you will be able to watch a live webcast on both the 11th and the 12th. Reservations are not required to view the webcast.

Archives Month 2013

by on October 21, 2013

Congress has restored funding of appropriated activities and the National Archives has resumed normal operations. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum has re-opened to the public and is operating under its normal business hours.

In addition to being open again, the Carter Library thinks that October gives us plenty of other reasons to celebrate. For starters, we would like to celebrate the fact that The Carter Chronicle blog has been active for over a year now! It’s been a fun experience and we hope to continue it.

An even better reason to celebrate is that October is American Archives Month! In a recent blog post from the Archivist of the United States, it was stated that American Archives Month serves as “…a time to raise awareness about the value of archives and archivists and to celebrate that work.”


For example, the archival records of the Carter Library offer insight into the Administration of President Carter. United States domestic and foreign policy issues (1977-1981) are the primary topics of the Library’s archival collections. Many aspects of American society, business, and culture are also represented in the records. Information on conducting research at the Library can be found online.

October is also Georgia Archives Month and it is the month in which Jimmy Carter, our 39th President of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia.

Plains High School Graduating Class of 1941 (with Jimmy Carter as high school student) (National Archives Identifier: 6340629)

Plains High School Graduating Class of 1941 (with Jimmy Carter as high school student, front row, far right) (National Archives Identifier: 6340629)

“[Georgia] Archives Month is a way to celebrate the value of Georgia’s historical records, publicize the many ways historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records.” -GAM

We encourage each of you to celebrate archives in your communities and we invite you to share ways in which engaging with local history has had an impact on your lives by leaving a comment. Happy October!