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Bush library, museum turned over to National Archives day before dedication in Dallas

  • Bush Center president Mark Langdale, front left and national archivist David Ferriero, right, sign a joint use agreement for the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. At rear from left are board chairman of the George W. Bush Foundation Don Evans, former first lady Laura Bush, former president George W. Bush, and Bush Center Director Alan Lowe. Bush and his wife, Laura, attended Wednesday's ceremony in Dallas the day before the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The George W. Bush Foundation raised the money to build the center. The foundation donated the library and museum portion of the center to the National Archives, which provides access to presidential records, documents, historical materials and artifacts over time. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

  • Participants look at a LED display before a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. Bush and his wife, Laura, attended Wednesday's ceremony in Dallas the day before the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The George W. Bush Foundation raised the money to build the center. The foundation donated the library and museum portion of the center to the National Archives, which provides access to presidential records, documents, historical materials and artifacts over time.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

  • Former President George W. Bush participates in a signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. Bush and his wife, Laura, attended Wednesday's ceremony in Dallas the day before the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The George W. Bush Foundation raised the money to build the center. The foundation donated the library and museum portion of the center to the National Archives, which provides access to presidential records, documents, historical materials and artifacts over time. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

  • Former first lady Laura Bush, left, and President George W. Bush arrive at the signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

  • Former President George W. Bush arrives at the signing ceremony for the joint use agreement between the National Archive and the George W. Bush Presidential Center Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Dallas. Bush and his wife, Laura, attended Wednesday's ceremony in Dallas the day before the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The George W. Bush Foundation raised the money to build the center. The foundation donated the library and museum portion of the center to the National Archives, which provides access to presidential records, documents, historical materials and artifacts over time. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas has been handed over to U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Bush and his wife, Laura, attended Wednesday's ceremony in Dallas the day before the official dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The George W. Bush Foundation raised the money to build the center. The foundation donated the library and museum portion of the center to the National Archives, which provides access to presidential records, documents, historical materials and artifacts over time.

The Bush library, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, opens to the public May 1. The library's archives include more than 43,000 artifacts, 70 million pages of paper records and 200 million emails.

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Online:

http://www.bushcenter.org/

http://www.archives.gov/