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Kate Cruikshank


Kate Cruikshank

My name is Kate Cruikshank and I'm the political papers specialist for Indiana University Libraries. On Sept. 12 I'll be talking about Lee Hamilton's personal 9/11 commission papers which are part of our collections. Lee Hamilton was Indiana's representative in Congress for 34 years, we have his congressional papers, and based on what we've done with those he offered us his 9/11 commission papers and we accepted right away. I'll be talking about what those papers are, how they differ from the official 9/11 commission records, which might be drier. His are really a daily chronicle of the inner workings of the commission: staff memos, emails, working documents and so forth. I'll talk about how we prepared them for use, including getting national security clearances, which was quite a saga. And I'll talk about the adventure of actually getting them prepared to go online. They will be a completely digital collection for people to use all over the world. And I'll be talking about why this matters. Lee Hamilton was intent, with Tom Kean, the chairman of the commission, on showing that a bipartisan commission could come together and reach consensus on conclusions for the betterment of the country. And that is what he sought to document in his personal papers. So I hope people will be interested and I hope that people will come to our exhibit in Wells Library and I hope people will come to talk about it. Other Indiana University faculty members share their insights here.