These 10 must-visit presidential libraries contain, preserve, and make available the papers, records, collections, and other historical materials of past presidents of the United States.
1. Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington located in Mount Vernon, Virginia
The general library contains thousands of books, newspapers, pamphlets, microforms, electronic resources, maps, photographs, and periodicals belonging to Washington.
2. Stone Library at Adams National Historical Park located in Quincy, Massachusetts
The Stone Library houses personal papers and over 14,000 books which belonged to John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, Henry Adams, and Brooks Adams.
3. Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello located in Charlottesville, Virginia
The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), the scholarly hub of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, is intended to “foster Thomas Jefferson scholarship and disseminate findings through research and education”.
4. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum located in Springfield, Illinois
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War. The museum ranks as one of the most visited presidential libraries.
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum located in Hyde Park, New York
The library was built under the President’s personal direction in 1939-1940, and dedicated on June 30, 1941. It is the first presidential library in the United States and one of the thirteen presidential libraries under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration.
6. Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum located in Independence, Missouri
The presidential library is also the resting place of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States.
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home located in Abilene, Kansas
The museum also includes his boyhood home and his final resting place.
8. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum located in Boston, Massachusetts
Designed by the architect I. M. Pei, the building is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration, as well as special bodies of published and unpublished materials, such as books and papers by and about Ernest Hemingway.
9. Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum located in Austin, Texas
The LBJ Library houses 45 million pages of historical documents, including the papers of President Johnson and those of his close associates and others.
10. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum located in Yorba Linda, California
The archives, which opened a month before Nixon’s death, house approximately 46 million pages of official White House records from the Nixon Administration. The Nixon Library now holds all of President Nixon’s presidential as well as his pre- and post-presidential papers.