Elizabeth Garber Lanier

EDS Class of 2000, Archivist at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the National Archives and Records Administration

I never imagined my career would lead me to meet a president or allow me to listen to all five living presidents speak in person. Working as an archivist at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the National Archives and Records Administration has done that while also giving me the privilege of working each day to preserve and provide access to the important historical documents created at the White House from 2001 to 2009. I am a caretaker for all the papers and electronic records generated by White House staff, including President and Mrs. Bush, as they developed the policies that shaped our government during that time. My interest in libraries started at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School where I was a member of the library club with just a few other students. We shelved books and learned about the Dewey Decimal System with Mrs. Paula Clemmons. I returned to the library as a volunteer one summer when I was home from studying history at LSU. Mrs. Clemmons inquired about my career plans and suggested I investigate archives. Next thing I knew, I was attending the University of Texas at Austin working on a master’s degree in Information Studies – the latest terminology for Library Science – and specializing in archives. My education, along with the assistance and support of the staff at EDS (including my mom!), helped me acquire an internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and a full-time position with the National Archives.

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