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Presidential Documents Research Guide

This guide focuses on the most important Presidential documents for legal research: Executive Orders and proclamations.

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Introduction

Presidential documents include Executive Orders and proclamations, as well as other documents such as determinations, letters, memorandums, and reorganization plans. This guide focuses on the most important Presidential documents for legal research: Executive Orders and proclamations. This guide describes these materials and where to find them in print, on the web, Lexis, Westlaw, and microfiche.

A major repository of presidential documents has been created by the University of California, Santa Barbara. The American Presidency Project includes State of the Union addresses, presidential commencement speeches, as well as addresses to Foreign governments and the United Nations.

Compilation of Presidential Documents: FDSys makes the Compilation of Presidential Documents available from 1993 until present. Using the Advanced Search feature on FDSys, researchers can search the Compilation of Presidential Documents by keyword or date. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965-2009) is available on HeinOnline and updated by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents.

Public Papers of the President. One very convenient source for Presidential public messages, speeches, and statements is the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States series (J80 .A283). This series is published by the National Archives and Records. Dates of coverage for the print series are: 1929-1933 and 1945‹2004. The Public Papers set is the cumulation of the Weekly Compilations of Presidential Compilations.

Additionally, HeinOnline, now includes the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States in its U.S. Presidential Library.

President Years Print/Internet/Hein

Hoover

1929-1933

Print & HeinOnline

Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945

HeinOnline

Truman

1945-1953

Print & HeinOnline

Eisenhower

1953-1961

Print & HeinOnline

Kennedy

1961-1963

Print & HeinOnline

Johnson

1963-1969

Print & HeinOnline

Nixon

1969-1974

Print & HeinOnline

Ford

1974-1977

Print & HeinOnline

Carter

1977-1981

Print & HeinOnline

Reagan

1981-1989

Print & HeinOnline

Bush

1989-1993

Print & HeinOnline(1989-1991)
Print, Internet & HeinOnline(1992-1993)

Clinton

1993-2001

Print, Internet & HeinOnline

Bush

2001 - 2008

Print, Internet & HeinOnline

Obama 2009 -  

Lexis has a database Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (Browse Sources > Public Papers of the President). Coverage begins with 2007.

Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents1789-1897. This 10 volume set contains documents from George Washington through William McKinley. It is available in print, onProQuest Congressional and on HeinOnline.

For assistance in locating these or other resources, please ask a librarian for help.