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Presidential Documents Research Guide

This guide focuses on Executive Orders, Proclamations and Presidential Signing Statements.

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Executive Orders

Executive Orders are official documents that the President issues to manage the operations of the federal government. The text of an Executive Order first appears in the Federal Register. Beginning with Executive Order 7316 of March 13, 1936, the text also appears in the annual edition of Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Executive Orders are codified (arranged by subject instead of date) in the Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders. Unfortunately, this codification has not been updated since 1989. The current status of any Executive Order issued since April 13, 1945 can be found easily by using the Executive Orders Dispositions Tables (covers EOs from 1937 to the present).

 

Sources for the Federal Register & Code of Federal Regulations

Publication Title Call Number of Print Digital Access for Georgetown Law
Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) K70 .A3, Current edition in Reading Room, Area 6 on map; superseded print vols. in Closed Stacks (see Circulation Desk)

K70 .A3 Micro Media 1st Fl, Row B, Cabinets 12-13 (1938-2004)
Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, ProQuest Regulatory Insight, HeinOnline, govinfo, e-CFR
Federal Register (F.R.) KF70 .A2 Micro Media 1st Fl, Row B, Cabinets 14-15 (1936-2004) Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, ProQuest Regulatory Insight, HeinOnline, govinfo, FederalRegister.gov

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