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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!

Federal Government Shutdown

by on October 1, 2013

Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the National Archives ( is closed. We are unable to post or participate in any of our social media channels during this closure. All National Archives facilities are closed, with the exception of the Federal Records Centers and the Federal Register until the Federal government reopens.

Interns of Summer 2013

by on September 30, 2013

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. The Library would like to take the opportunity to feature two of its interns for 2013.

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Jonathan Salman:

“As an intern at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library I gained first-hand experience in archival work. I was able to see my work of processing a donated collection come into fruition. Moreover, this internship allowed me the opportunity to see the day to day operations of the Carter Library. This work enabled me to learn different aspects of both history and archiving. This fall I will move full-time to Atlanta and begin my studies at the Emory University School of Law.”

Kate Justement:

“While interning at the Jimmy Carter Library I gained immensely valuable experience working with archives. Throughout the summer I was able to work across the board in the audiovisual lab as well as with textual materials helping process different collections, update and create finding aids, and work with [the Archival Research Catalog.] One of my favorite tasks that I completed was fully processing a collection from Richard Morefield, one of the hostages during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. I am so thankful for the experience and skills I received from my internship, and I hope to continue pursuing a career with archives as I finish out my undergraduate and graduate degrees.”
As always, we’d like to thank our interns for the work that they do!

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum staff bid farewell to Anne Angstadt, Museum Technician, this September.

Anne Angstadt

I asked Anne if she’d be willing to share a little bit about herself and her plans for the future prior to her departure:

“I am a native Atlantan with a B. A. in English from Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. I received my M. A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University, Waco, Texas in 2006. I became interested in museum work by doing a summer internship at the Atlanta History Center in college. I discovered I enjoyed working with historical objects and learning the stories behind them. After I graduated from graduate school, I moved back to Atlanta and worked for the City of Roswell as a Collections Specialist. They have three antebellum historic houses full of objects that I inventoried and cataloged. I started working as a Museum Technician at the Carter Library & Museum in September 2009.

I married Jared Angstadt, Flight Dispatcher for ExpressJet Airlines, October 7, 2012. We went on a cruise from Montreal to Boston following our wedding and plan to start a family in the next few years.  I’m not sure what my future plans are. I am considering pursuing an online library science degree starting in January 2014 at Valdosta State University. Right now I plan to do some museum collections consulting work for the City of Roswell. My hobbies include reading and traveling.”

Thanks for sharing, Anne! We have enjoyed having you as part of our team and we all wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

The following is a guest post by Kahlil G. Chism, Education Specialist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Summer Seminar Class of 2013

This past July, twenty social studies teachers from the states of Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, and fifteen cities in Georgia participated in professional development training as attendees of The Camp David Accords 35 Years Later: Looking Back to Discover Future Prospects for Mideast Peace, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum’s 2013 Summer Seminar for educators.

During a week filled with hands-on document analysis activities, archival research opportunities, off-site experiences, and lectures from professional historians and former Carter administration officials, teachers refined their skill at using primary sources to develop critical historical thinking, and increased their knowledge of Middle Eastern history and U. S. foreign policy leading up to and during the Carter years.

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

Teacher Phil Parker describes a primary source during a document analysis activity

This September will mark the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. At Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt met with President Carter for thirteen days, September 5 – 17, 1978. President Carter used his personal influence to bring these two leaders to a point of agreement. He knew that if these meetings failed, the result might be another war in the Middle East. The successful result of these meetings was the Camp David Accords, which were signed on September 17.

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the  Archival Research Reading Room

Acting Director David Stanhope introduces teachers to the Archival Research Reading Room

The Accords are two frameworks or outlines for peace that led to an Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty the next year. The first accord outlined ways to give people of the West Bank and Gaza more political rights. The second accord suggested ways for Israel and Egypt to have peace between them. The Sinai region would be given back to Egypt, and Egypt would recognize Israel as a nation.

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Rosalynn Carter speaks to the group

One of the highlights of the week for many participants was a chance meeting with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter while they were on tour in the award-winning museum – where the Peace Accords, Peace Treaty, and President Carter’s handwritten notes are on display – as well as a private question and answer session with President Carter, where they had a chance to fill in any gaps in the historical scholarship about the facts and significance of the Accords. You can see video clips of their interactions with President Carter on the museum’s Facebook page:

“The professors and speakers…were all wonderful and had so much information to provide,” according to one teacher via anonymous survey. Another said, “This is the best professional development experience I’ve had in 13 years of teaching. It was an amazing experience!”

If you’re interested in participating in future professional development training opportunities at the Carter Library, visit

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers

Dr. Allen Fromherz, Assoc. Prof. of Middle Eastern History, GSU, engages teachers