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Columbia University to produce Obama presidency oral history

May 16, 2019
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama's presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday, May 16, 2019 that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama's presidency. Columbia University officials say the histories are expected to be publicly available online no later than 2026. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama's presidency. Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday, May 16, 2019 that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama's presidency. Columbia University officials say the histories are expected to be publicly available online no later than 2026. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Columbia University Libraries in New York will produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Obama Foundation officials announced Thursday that the project at The Columbia Center for Oral History Research will provide a record of the decisions, actions and effects of Obama’s presidency. The former president is a graduate of Columbia University, which also is home to the oral history of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency. The Obama project also will include former first lady Michelle Obama’s legacy.

The University of Hawaii and the University of Chicago will partner on the effort, focusing respectively on Obama’s early years in Hawaii and the Obamas’ lives in Chicago.

Columbia University officials say the Obamas’ histories are expected to be publicly available online no later than 2026.

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