Bizarre Collection Headed to Bush Library

From cowboy hats to swords to classified files

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2009 2:29 PM CST

(Newser) – George W. Bush’s $300 million presidential library will be filled with documents, including many classified files. In all, it’ll boast roughly 68 million pages of documents, 175 million e-mails, 3,845,912 photos, and more videos than any previous president's library. But it’ll also have a wide array of “museum objects”—known outside the realm of politics as “random crap.” Among the souvenirs the Washington Post mentions:

  • A pair of custom cowboy boots emblazoned with a giant “GWB” monogram
  • Diamond-and-sapphire jewelry given to Laura Bush by the king of Saudi Arabia
  • A mosaic of St. Peter’s Square given to Bush by Pope Benedict
  • A bat signed by all the living members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, circa 2001
  • The 9mm Glock Saddam Hussein had on him when US forces captured him
  • Gold and silver swords
  • A surfboard
  • Countless cowboy hats and saddles

Dr. Jennifer M. Schulle is shown with a sampling of gifts to former President George W. Bush, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Lewisville, Texas.
Dr. Jennifer M. Schulle is shown with a sampling of gifts to former President George W. Bush, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Lewisville, Texas.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
A purse made from Yan-Lipao fern vine that was presented to Laura Bush by the Thai queen is shown Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Lewisville, Texas.
A purse made from Yan-Lipao fern vine that was presented to Laura Bush by the Thai queen is shown Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Lewisville, Texas.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)
Workes prepare boxes of documents from President Bush's years in the White House for storage in a warehouse in Lewisville, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.
Workes prepare boxes of documents from President Bush's years in the White House for storage in a warehouse in Lewisville, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Boxes of documents from President Bush's years in the White House are shown after arriving at Carswell Field at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in  Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.
Boxes of documents from President Bush's years in the White House are shown after arriving at Carswell Field at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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