ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Presidential portraits, presidential literature and now presidential papers.
"It's a way of trying to understand what was going on day-to-day and across the eight years," said Representative Mike Conaway.
The books spotlighted presidencies from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton and George W Bush.
"That sixteen-year span was contiguous and a good slug of American history was captured in that. We have 9/11, the dot com boom and bust," said Conaway.
The public papers of the president's movements were given to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin's Presidential Archives by the Library of Congress. Having the books, gives the community the chance to see the difference between then and now.
"It gives us a fuller understanding about what we might be facing, what others might have faced, how it worked out for them and how it didn't work out," said Conaway.
A glimpse into the past.
"There's an old adage that those who study history are bound to repeat it," said Conaway.
Can now be seen by those in the present and future.