1916

The first presidential library opens in Fremont, Ohio. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Library is the first of the presidential libraries.

"Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president, the Hayes family established a presidential library, the first in the United States. Opened in 1916, this library  preserves President Hayes' 12,000-volume personal library along with archival material from his military and political career, particularly his presidency (1877-1881). Over the years, the staff has expanded the collection to over 80,000 books which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived." Read more from the Hayes Research Library

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