Event Type

AHA Online, History Behind the Headlines, Webinar/Virtual Event

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education

Event Description

This panel, organized by the AHA and the Society of American Archivists, brought together four leading scholars to put recent events surrounding presidential records in historical context. Why is the FBI raiding residences of former presidents and vice presidents? Does any of this matter to anyone other than archivists and historians?

Read about the event in Perspectives on History.


  • Moderator: Peniel E. Joseph (associate dean for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; professor of public affairs; Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; and founding director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
  • Nicole Hemmer (director, Rogers Center for the American Presidency and associate professor of history, Vanderbilt University)
  • Timothy Naftali (clinical associate professor of history and public service and director, Undergraduate Public Policy Program, New York Univ. and founding director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum)
  • Trudy Huskamp Peterson (certified archivist and former acting archivist of the United States)