UCB Libraries



Starting Points

  • White House
    This is the websites of the current presidential administration, including presidential speeches, releases, proclamations, memoranda, executive orders, and information about issues. Also provides biographical information on former U.S. presidents. The White House websites from the two previous administrations are available from an archive (below).
  • Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1993 - present
    Published every Monday, the compilation contains statements, messages, and other presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week.
  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
    Official series (begun in 1957) of presidential writings, messages, and public remarks compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. The series covers the administrations of Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush.
    • FDsys
      Online access to the papers of George H. W. Bush to the present.
    • University of Michigan Digital Library
      Features presidential papers of the Hoover through Clinton administrations. This site has good search functionality including proximity searching and search history.
  • American Presidency Project
    The American Presidency Project (americanpresidency.org), was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The archives contain over 86,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency.
  • Presidential Libraries from US National Archives and Records Administration.
Biography and General Research

Executive Orders

  • CIS Index to Presidential Executive Orders & Proclamations, Government Information Reference, KF70.A55 1987
    An index to presidential executive orders from Washington to Reagan. The companion microfiche collection, Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations, is available in the CU Law Library.
  • Executive Orders, John Adams - present from the American Presidency
  • Executive Orders Disposition Tables, January 8, 1937 - present
    Includes information about Executive Orders signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his successors. Although the citations do not contain the full text of the order, each citation includes the complete Federal Register citation and status of the order (whether or not the order was revoked or amended by a subsequent order and the number of the order which changed the status).
  • Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
    Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, the seven-volume set includes U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. Volumes I and III-VI cover U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970. Click on the volume's Table of Contents to find the list of Executive Orders. Also available in print from the Government Information Library.
Presidential Campaigns and Debates

Specific Presidents

  • Bush White House Web site
    These are archived whitehouse.gov web pages from the George W. Bush administration, 2001-2009.
  • Clinton White House Web Sites
    This web site, from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum provides searching and browsing through several versions of the White House web site from 1994-1998. Additional materials from the presidency of William J. Clinton are available in Compilation of Presidential Documents and Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
  • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    From Harper's Weekly; includes political cartoons, news articles, editorials and illustrations which appeared in the that title for the years 1857-1865 and 1866-1871. Includes an index of the Constitutional arguments, biographies of key figures, an impeachment simulation game and a teacher's guide.
  • Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
    "The collection is organized into three "General Correspondence" series which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65. Treasures include Lincoln's draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, his March 4, 1865, draft of his second Inaugural Address, and his August 23, 1864, memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election in the upcoming presidential contest." Browsable and searchable.
  • History and Politics Out Loud
    Check this site for Watergate tapes relating to President Nixon.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
    Provides over 10,000 documents online. Currently, the Safe Files (papers locked in FDR's White House safe), the German Diplomatic Files, and the Vatican Files are available online. The Safe Files include "correspondence, reports, and memoranda concerning: The Manhattan Project, the Atlantic Charter and the United Nations, the O.S.S., the War, Navy, Treasury, and State Departments, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, China, Great Britain and France, General George Marshall, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek..."
  • Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
    Includes photographs, audio files, letters, and official documents. The documents are grouped into themes such as Marshall Plan, Korean War, Berlin Airlift, desegregation of the military, Truman Doctrine, recognition of Israel, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb.
  • George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
    "The complete George Washington Papers collection from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 documents." It contains documents from 1741-1799 and is Browsable and searchable.
  • The Presidential Sites: Specific Presidents (University of North Carolina)
    Web portal provides links to biographical information, speeches, and web sites associated with all U.S. presidents from Washington to Clinton.

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