Eisenhower library, K-State partner up

By The Mercury

Kansas State University and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum have signed a partnership to strengthen research opportunities between the two institutions.

The agreement was signed Tuesday by U.S. Archivist David Ferriero and Kansas State President Kirk Schulz. Elements include student internships, academic conferences, public lectures, exhibits and curriculum development. Its terms call for the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum to share its textual and audiovisual archives and artifacts collections with the university.

“I am delighted that we will be able to increase engagement and outreach and create more research opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students,” Schulz said.

Lori Goetsch, dean of KSU Libraries, said the university would greatly benefit from the enhanced access to primary research resources in the presidential library’s collection. “Students and faculty can learn about President Eisenhower’s legacy of military and presidential leadership and his ties to Kansas,” Goetsch noted.

Kansas State and the Eisenhower center have had similar partnerships for military history and 20th century studies since 2001.

The partnership allows the presidential library and museum to access the resources of a world-class public research university, said Karl Weissenbach, director of the Eisenhower Library and Museum.

“The partnership will increase our visibility to Kansas State University students, faculty, alumni and the greater university community,” he said. “The partnership will make those stakeholders more aware of the scholarly and cultural resources available for their use and enjoyment in Abilene, which in turn enables us to fulfill our mission to provide these opportunities to as many visitors as possible.”

Dedicated in 1962 and opened for research in 1966, the presidential library in Abilene is one of 13 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Eisenhower campus includes a research library, visitor center, museum, Eisenhower’s boyhood home and a place of meditation where Eisenhower is buried.

Raised in Abilene, Eisenhower was the 34th U.S. president from 1953 to 1961. The two-term president was a five-star general in the Army during World War II. During his presidency, Eisenhower oversaw the creation of the nation’s interstate system, NASA and the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Eisenhower’s brother Milton, a 1924 Kansas State graduate, was the university’s president from 1943 to 1950.

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