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Over 1,000 pages of documents relating to Yale University’s Skull and Bones could be released this summer — shedding new light on the secretive society.
Archivists at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas are poised to reveal files relating to Skull and Bones on July 12 unless Bush — a member of the secretive club, or President Obama, move to block a Freedom of Information Act request, according to the National Archives, which oversees White House records stored in the Bush library.
The National Archives sent out a letter last month to lawyers for both the Bush and Obama administrations, announcing that it intended to make some 3,404 pages of records available to the public, including 1,650 pages related to Skull and Bones.
“Included is correspondence from individuals, organizations, and children to President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Andrew Card, and Karl Rove; routine memoranda regarding government awards and promotions; and draft correspondence from the White House with background material,” the National Archives said in its notice.
The group was founded in 1832. It’s well-connected members meet in a windowless building called “The Tomb,” and engage in an assortment of rituals, including taking a vow of silence. Other Bonesmen include Bush’s grandfather Prescott Bush, noted conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and Secretary of State John Kerry. Society lore has it that it was Prescott Bush who dug up and stole the skull of Geronimo from the Apache’s grave in 1918.