WASHINGTON (10/10/18) — The University of Maryland, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Freedom Forum Institute celebrated the start of a partnership Tuesday that will bring a permanent digital archive of White House correspondents’ pool reports to the university.
The White House Correspondents’ Association Pool Reports Collection — a unique record of the United States presidency — will be available online. It will consist of the reports written every day by members of the White House press corps on the activities of the president.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College of Information Studies and University Libraries are collaborating to digitize and host the collection, provided by the correspondents’ association. The Freedom Forum Institute will work with Merrill College to develop educational programming related to the collection.
“Making this publicly available and making this searchable is important,” said Olivier Knox, president of the correspondents’ association. “It would be good for the public to get a better sense of what we do in the White House press corps.”
The university is raising money to help pay the cost of digitizing the pool reports and making them searchable for researchers, journalists, students and the public at large. The university is also asking former correspondents to contribute any pool reports in their possession.
“We welcome whatever documents you have in your email, in your garage, in an old filing cabinet in the office,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish said.