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Guides with Digital Primary & Secondary Sources

  • American Presidency Project (UCSB)
    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 (UVA Miller Center)
    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.
  • HeinOnline U.S. Presidential Library
    This library includes such titles as Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3 (Presidents), Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents.

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.

Presidential & Public Papers of the President

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

  • Public papers of the presidents of the United States (in print)
    1929-1933, 1945-2010. Roosevelt listed separately.
    The Weekly Compilation is cumulated into the Public Papers of the Presidents. However, there are sometimes materials in the Weekly Compilation which do not appear in the Public Papers. There is a cumulative index to each president's papers. Roosevelt listed separately.
  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (FDSYS) (1991-present)
    The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available.
  • Presidential Papers from the American Memory Project
    The LC American Memory project has many presidential papers available, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. These vary considerably in scope and coverage.
  • Public Papers of the President (UCSB)
    From the American Presidency Project from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Public Papers of the Presidents contain most of the President's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks.
  • See also list of U.S. Presidential Papers in Microfilm at UVA Library
    The above VIRGO search should find all of the Presidential Papers sets that UVA owns in microform.

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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