Based on unique and previously unpublished sources, this book examines in detail the complex, emotional, and difficult movement to remove the National Archives and Records Service from the control of the U.S. General Services Administration. This struggle began almost from the time the National Archives lost its independence in 1950 and culminated during the tenure of Robert Warner as sixth Archivist of the United States. The story is important to the history of the National Archives but also to those interested in the political process, especially as it applies to educational and cultural institutions. The lobbying, overt and covert, the interplay of professional organizations and archivists, librarians, and historians with the executive and legislative branches of the American government are examined in fascinating detail in this often very personal story. It is a study of high drama, bitter disappointments, and ultimate success.
Diary of a Dream
is a splendid little volume and an extremely readable memoir detailing and unusually successful political effort by the American archives and history communities...It is a fascinating account, a public history epic that has a known end, but that unfolds as an entertaining night's read for those concerned about the National Archives or interested in political endeavors by cultural agencies.