In 1972, eleven years after Dwight D. Eisenhower left the White House, archivists at the Eisenhower Library began processing his high-level presidential papers. The library submitted its first mandatory declassification review request to United States government agencies in 1973; sixteen years later this declassification process continues with no completion date in sight. The Eisenhower Library's experience demonstrates that declassifying recent presidential papers is difficult, expensive, and often frustrating both for the requestor and the library.



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