Vietnam has been a sore point at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. In 2005, as the Nixon Foundation—a private organization that supports the museum and library—arranged to transfer Nixon’s presidential materials from the Washington, DC, area to Yorba Linda, California, they simultaneously cancelled a conference on the topic of the conflict in Vietnam, enraging scholars. The Nixon Foundation’s actions led to sixteen prominent Nixon scholars signing a public petition to prevent the transfer of the materials to California. Although their protests failed to prevent the transfer of materials, the outcry led to the Archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein, appointing serious Cold War scholar Timothy Naftali as the first federal director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.1 Naftali, to great public acclaim, curated an accurate Watergate exhibit—about the scandal that brought down Nixon’s Presidency—but he was met with fierce resistance from the Nixon Foundation...

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