The Case of the Disappearing Documents

01 Oct 2011 9:37 AM | Anonymous

The Case of the Disappearing Documents

One collector's love for presidential memorabilia lasted decadesundefinedand led to an indictment roiling a cloistered world.

By ELLEN GAMERMAN, Sept. 20, 2011 Wall Street Journal

At age 10, Barry Landau wrote a letter to Dwight D. Eisenhower, admiring his "very beautiful" wife and offering his assessment of where the general stood in the country's pantheon of great leaders. "I think you lived the most exciting and the most interesting life then [sic] any other President of our United States," according to a copy of the letter released by the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

ClosePhotos show Barry Landau in a police mug shot and at age 10 in a picture sent to President Eisenhower. (A letter to Eisenhower is on blue stock.) Far right, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from whose presidential library Mr. Landau is accused of stealing.
The boy got a card back from the White House, triggering a lifelong love of historical documents and a passion for accumulating them. He has since built what his lawyer calls the world's largest private collection of American presidential memorabilia.

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