The Hayes Museum/Library shortly after its opening.Q: When did the Hayes Museum open?
A: May 30, 1916 - it is the nation’s FIRST presidential library. It was used as a model for construction of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.

Q: When did the Hayes Home open to for public tours?
A: Daily public tours of the Hayes Home were in 1966.

Q: How is the Hayes Library & Museums funded?
A: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums generates about 80 percent of its funding through admissions, memberships, donations, and its Trust Fund. The remaining 35 percent is provided by the State of Ohio. Hayes receives no funding from the federal government and is not part of the federal system of presidential libraries.

Q: What is a presidential library?
A: Presidential libraries are institutions that preserve the papers and other historical materials of a president or former president of the United States.

Q: What is the federal system of presidential libraries?
A: In the United States, the federal presidential library system is a nationwide network of 14 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Not all presidential libraries and sites are part of the federal system.

Q: Is the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums part of the federal system of presidential libraries?
A: No. Founded in 1916, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is owned by the state of Ohio and is managed by a non-profit organization, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Inc. in partnership with the Ohio History Connection. All staff are employees of the non-profit organization. It is not part of the federal presidential library system because it predates federal presidential libraries. The first federal presidential library, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, used the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums as a model for its site.

Q: What years did Rutherford B. Hayes serve as President?
A: Hayes was our 19th President, serving from 1877 to 1881. In keeping with his campaign promise, he chose to serve only one term.

Q: To which political party did President Hayes belong?
A: Hayes was a Republican.

Q: When and where was President Hayes born?
A: Rutherford B. Hayes was born October 4, 1822, in Delaware, Ohio.

The Hayes Tomb in Spiegel Grove.Q: Where is President Hayes buried?
A. President and Mrs. Hayes are buried just south of the Hayes Home, within the grounds of Spiegel Grove. A granite tombstone, quarried from the Hayes homestead in Dummerstown, Vermont, marks their burial site.