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Government Documents: The President of the United States

International, Federal, State, and Local, Government Documents at the Morrow Library of Marshall University

Presidential Directives, Orders, and Speeches

Presidential Bill Signing Directives

The American Presidency Project has indexed Presidential Bill Signing Directives since 1929.

Presidential Directives

These are signed and authorized by the President and issued by the National Security Council. Most are not published. For further information, consult the Library of Congress's Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them.

Presidential Executive Orders

Disposition tables available from the National Archives from Franklin D. Roosevelt to the current President.

Presidential Inaugurations

Presidential Speeches

State of the Union and Inaugural speeches are available from the American Presidency Project from 1789 - present

Presidential Libraries and Records

During their tenure in office, U.S. Presidents generate tremendous volumes of official papers and electronic resources reflecting the responsibilities of their respective presidencies.  Before the Hoover Administration, the papers of many presidents can be found in the Library of Congress and other libraries across the U.S.  Starting with the Hoover Administration, presidential records can be found in a series of presidential libraries around the U.S administered by the National Archives & Records Administration.  Funding for these libraries is raised through private sector sources.  General information about these libraries can be found through this section of the National Archives website.

Presidential libraries are primarily used by presidential scholars.  Information on statutes and regulations governing presidential records access can be found here.  Besides their archival resources, presidential library facilities also feature museums that are open to the public.  These museums provide exhibits on various aspects of individual presidents, their presidencies, and  their personal lives.  Each of these libraries has websites providing information about various programs and exhibits going on at their respective facilities and access to documents on events occurring during the presidencies of these individuals.  These presidential library websites are:

Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library & Museum (Northampton, MA - Not managed by National Archives.)
Herbert Hoover Library (West Branch, IA)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, NY)
Harry S. Truman Library (Independence, MO)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (Abilene, KS)
John F. Kennedy Library (Boston, MA)
Lyndon B. Johnson Library (Austin, TX)
Richard Nixon Presidential Library (College Park, MD & Yorba Linda, CA)
Gerald R. Ford Library (Ann Arbor, MI.)(Note: The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, MI.)
Jimmy Carter Library (Atlanta, GA)
Ronald Reagan Library (Simi Valley, CA)
George Bush Library (College Station, TX)
William J. Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR)
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum (Dallas, TX. Located at Southern Methodist University)

Go to the White House for documentation of Barack Obama's presidency. See the Barack Obama Foundation for information about the potential Chicago location for his library.

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents was published every Monday and was the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary. It began in 1965 and has been digitized and archived on FDsys since 1993 and by The American Presidency Project since 1977.

The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents has replaced the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents as of January 29, 2009.

Public Papers of the Presidents

The Public Papers of the Presidents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and is the official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks.

FDsys has digitized and archived the Public Papers of the Presidents.  1991-present