Located immediately adjacent to the Allen Building and the Annenberg Conference Center, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is also a research institution, totally integrated into the academic environment of Texas A&M University and, in particular, into the Bush School of Government and Public Service. The Library's collections include 38,000,000 pages of official and personal papers, 1,000,000 photographs, 2,500 hours of videotape, and 70,000 museum objects. These rich primary sources document George Bush's distinguished public career as congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice-President, and President.
The museum wing has 17,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 3,000 square feet of changing exhibit space. Permanent exhibits draw on the best of the museum collection to visually convey the essence of George Bush's life and public service career and to illustrate historical events of this period in American history. Changing exhibits explore topics on the Bush Administration, American history, American Presidents, etc.
The Library maintains a manuscript and audiovisual research room on the second floor. The archival collections are utilized by students, scholars, authors, and journalists. Research facilities can host 20 researchers at one time. Of special significance is a classroom, the first of its kind in the Presidential Libraries network. The classroom may be used by student groups as a computer learning lab or as a traditional classroom.
The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation was established in 1991 as a nonprofit educational foundation to design, build, and support the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. In addition to sponsoring its own programs and activities, the Foundation provides program and financial support to the Library as well as the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.
The Foundation sponsors a number of programs of interest to Bush School students: an annual domestic and foreign policy conference, the White House Lecture and Exhibit Series, and various other lecture and program series. Through its activities, the Foundation is helping to make the George Bush Presidential Library Center and the Bush School leading centers in cultural, policy, and academic discussions.