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Guides with Digital Primary & Secondary Sources

  • American Presidency Project
    A comprehensive collection of data and primary source documents related to the presidents and their elections, including signing statements, addresses, convention speeches, and much more...from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • American President: An Online Reference Source
    Essays on the presidents and their administrations. From The Miller Center at the University of Virginia. See also their Multimedia Archive for documents, speeches, recordings and oral histories.
  • White House Web Site
    One of the first places to look for current information from the President.

Compilation of Weekly and Daily Presidential Documents

Note: The Weekly Compilation was replaced in January 2009 with the Daily Compilation as the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary

Print Sources  
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
    1965-1985 - - GS 4.114: - Ivy Stacks
    1985 - 2000 - AE 2.109: - 3rd floor, New Stacks
    1993 to present - 
    in print at Law Library
    Includes all official speeches and messages of the President. Indexes include subject, name, and document categories list (e.g., addresses, executive orders, proclamations, news conferences, etc.) Indexes are cumulative.  

  • A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897 - Y 4.P 93/1:3
    A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1908 - J 81 .B98 - Alderman Stacks
    James D. Richardson compiled this 10 volume set of presidential messages. While not nearly as complete as the modern Public Papers and Weekly Comp it is one of the only sources for early presidential messages.  

Electronic Sources - see following links

Presidential & Public Papers of the President

Previous to Herbert Hoover's administration, presidential papers were commercially published

Print Sources

GS 4.113: - 1929-1933, 1945-1983 ; AE 2.114: - 1984 to present
Alderman Library, New Stacks, 3rd floor
Note: The Weekly Comp is cumulated into the Public Papers of the Presidents. However, there are sometimes materials in the Weekly Comp which do not appear in the Public Papers. There is a cumulative index to each president's papers. Roosevelt has not been done.  

Electronic Sources -
see following links:

Presidential Orders, Proclamations & Directives

Print Sources

  • Code of Federal Regulations - Title 3 
    AE 2.166/3: (earlier GS 4.2108/6:) - current edition in GIR Reading Room, Alderman 3rd floor
    1971-present in microfiche, Alderman 3 East
    Law Library has all editions of CFR.
    Note: Title 3 of the CFR contains presidential executive orders and proclamations. 

  • Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations - microfiche
    1789-1983 in Alderman 3 East (near LexisNexis (CIS) Serial Set microfiche)
    See also CIS Index to Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations 
    This set of fiche, together with the index, reproduces and indexes all presidential executive orders and proclamations back to Washington. Best place to begin that sort of presidential research.

    Electronic Sources
  • Presidential Speeches

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