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U.S. Presidential Publications

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Updated Nov. 3, 2014.

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This guide identifies sources issued by the U.S. President and related executive branch agencies, focusing on the most frequently sought and legally important items, such as executive orders and proclamations. Note: HeinOnline and LexisNexis Academic are UW Restricted databases.

See also Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC, Executive Orders and Other Presidential Documents: Sources and Explanations.


Presidential Documents Generally

The Executive Office of the President issues several categories of legally important sources:

  • executive orders
  • proclamations
  • reorganization plans
  • signing statements

Compilation of Presidential Documents from GPO FDsys: searchable.
Daily Compilation from Jan. 20, 2009; Weekly Compilation from Jan. 1, 1993 - Jan. 29, 2009.

These Compilations include the following types of executive office documents:

  • Proclamations
  • Executive orders
  • Speeches
  • Press conferences
  • Communications to Congress and Federal agencies
  • Statements regarding bill signings and vetoes
  • Appointments and nominations
  • Reorganization plans
  • Resignations
  • Retirements
  • Acts approved by the President
  • Nominations submitted to the Senate
  • White House announcements
  • Press releases

Presidential Documents are also available in the Federal Register. See U.S. Administrative Law Research: Rules & Regulations for print and online sources.

Additional presidential materials are also available from the National Archives and Records Administration, and are particularly useful for historical purposes:

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Executive Orders

In addition to publication in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, executive orders are available at the following sites:

LexisNexis Academic [UW Restricted]
Contains executive orders published in the Federal Register, March 1936-date.

For more information, see the Congressional Research Service report  Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation (April 2013).

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Executive Branch Libraries

Presidential Libraries for the following Presidents and the National First Ladies’ Library are available below (in alphabetical order):

John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams coolidge.gifCalvin Coolidge Lyndon B JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush Dwight EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy FDRFranklin D. Roosevelt
George W. BushGeorge W. Bush Gerald Ford Gerald R. Ford Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Harry Truman Harry S. Truman
Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter Rutherford Hayes Rutherford B. Hayes William McKinley William McKinley Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson
William J. ClintonWilliam J. Clinton Herbert HooverHerbert Hoover Richard Nixon Richard Nixon First Ladies’ Library

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