Archiving the Presidents' Papers

Verzosa, Fe Angela M. Archiving the Presidents' Papers. Philippine Panorama, 1993, vol. 22, n. 37, pp. 7-26. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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Archival and historical papers constitute a long-neglected concern of both government and private sector of this country. Even Presidential papers, being records of the most powerful man in government, are not excluded from this sorry oversight. Already, fourteen have ascended to the Presidency of the country yet not one of them has conceived of a comprehensive archival plan to control the vast store of documents accumulated while in office. While professional attention is now being given to the papers of Presidents Aguinaldo, Quezon, Roxas, Osmena, and Garcia at the National Library, and those of Quirino, Magsaysay, and Laurel, at their chosen repositories, still much more should be done. The lots wherein the Magsaysay and Laurel memorial foundation buildings were built were government-owned and donated through congressional legislations. This is proof of government's legal and moral obligation to care for our presidential collections as owner and custodian. After all, should not records created at public expense, by public officials, and accumulated in the course of their performance of public duties entrusted by their people. their constituencies, be public records? Do not these public records deserve to be under the care and protection of the government?

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Archival records Presidential Papers laws and legislations
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DL. Archives.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HC. Archival materials.
Depositing user: Fe Angela M. Verzosa
Date deposited: 08 May 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


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