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News Release — Archives Day October 26

Alan C. Lowe, director of George W. Bush Presidential Library 
Alan C. Lowe, director of George W. Bush Presidential Library


RELEASED 10/16/12  ::  UPDATED 10/22/12


SAN MARCOS, TX—On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will join Texas State’s University Archives in an observance of American Archives Month—a time to reflect on the importance of collecting and preserving historical, cultural, and organizational records.

This election year’s topic is Presidential Libraries and Archives, and the Wittliff welcomes to the podium two staff members of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: Director Alan C. Lowe and Supervisory Archivist Brooke L. Clement.

The Bush Presidential Library is currently in a temporary facility in Lewisville, Texas, just north of Dallas. Soon the staff will begin moving holdings into a new facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The dedication is planned for early 2013.
Lowe and Clement will speak about the research significance of presidential archives, the process of establishing a new presidential library, and the logistics and challenges involved in moving such a historically valuable collection.

The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Both speakers will take questions from the audience after their talks. A public reception will follow.

Admission to the program and reception is FREE, and students are especially encouraged to attend. Program attendance is not required to attend the reception.


ALAN C. LOWE obtained his B.A. (1986) and M.A. (1988) in history at the University of Kentucky. In 1989, Lowe joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California as an archivist. In 1992, he moved to the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. In the Office of Presidential Libraries, Lowe helped to oversee the many Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. During part of this time, he also served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. From 2003 to 2009, Lowe served as the founding Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. In April 2009, Lowe began serving as Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

BROOKE L. CLEMENT joined the George W. Bush Presidential Library in July 2007, and became a Supervisory Archivist in April 2011. Previous to working at this Bush Presidential Library, Ms. Clement worked at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum as an archivist. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Clement was an archives technician at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, where she processed records, developed exhibits, and coordinated the Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter. Ms. Clement received an M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University (2002), and a B.A. in History and American Culture from the University of Michigan (2000).

The mission of the Bush Library is to serve as a resource for the study of the life of George W. Bush, the Presidency, American history, issues of public policy, and civic education. The Library accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, and producing innovative museum exhibits.