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Frequently Asked Questions

Processed Records, What are they?

Processed records are those materials reviewed for restricted information by Bush Library archivists. No material is released from the George Bush Presidential Library until it is reviewed for restrictions under the Presidential Records Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. Chapter 22) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)(5 U.S.C., as amended).

During processing, archivists review documents for restricted information; make preservation copies of damaged or faded documents; replace original handwritting with a photocopy; retire all photos to the photo collection after making a copy for the file; transfer oversized objects such as drawings, video tapes, audio tapes and museum items to the appropriate collection; and remove rusted staples, paper clips, or binder clips. At the conclusion of processing, the materials are placed in acid free folders and boxes ready for research.

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