Patt Morrison for November 1, 2011

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum loses director

Visitors arrive to attend the new perman

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Visitors arrive to attend the new permanent exhibition on Watergate on March 31, 2011 at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.

Timothy Naftali, the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has recently resigned his position and will be stepping down November 19.

He served as director of the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff at the National Archives from October, 2006, until a federal Nixon Library was established within the system of presidential libraries on July 11, 2007. Federal authorities refused to transfer control of tapes and documents to that library, especially those of the Watergate period, until Naftali and the National Archives took over the institution and made the library a nonpartisan education resource. According to the OC Register’s Blogwatch, Naftali has been criticized by local Orange County Nixon enthusiasts as “anti-Nixon” but he told one interviewer that he’ll leave it up to other people to gauge how successful he’s been, though he believes he’s achieved the goals he set back in 2006. “It's time for me to move on,” Naftali said. He joins Patt Morrison to discuss his resignation and the challenges facing the future director of the Nixon Library.

Guest:

Tim Naftali, director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


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