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U.S. Government Publications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison : Presidential Documents

How to find U.S. government publications at University of Wisconsin-Madison libraries.

How to Find Presidential Documents

FDsys: Compilation of Presidential Documents

  • Provides free public access to official publications released by the White House Press Secretary from the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama.
  • Documents are categorized by year and month and listed chronologically. Includes:
    • proclamations
    • photographs
    • executive orders
    • speeches
    • press conferences
    • communications to Congress and federal agencies
    • statements regarding bill signings and vetoes
    • appointments and nominations
    • reorganization plans
    • resignations and retirements
    • acts approved by the President
    • nominations submitted to the Senate
    • White House announcements and press releases

FDsys: Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S.

  • Provides free public access to Presidential writings, addresses, and public remarks of Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama.
  • Documents are categorized by President, arranged chronologically by year, and separated into document and photograph categories. Includes:
    • Addresses to the Nation
    • Addresses and remarks
    • Appointments and nominations
    • Bill signings and vetoes
    • Communications to Congress and Federal agencies
    • Executive orders
    • Interviews with the news media
    • Joint statements
    • Meetings with foreign leaders and international officials
    • Proclamations
    • Resignations and retirements
    • Statements by the President

 

HeinOnline U.S. Presidential Library

  • Includes such titles as Messages and Papers of the PresidentsPublic Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3 (Presidents), Daily and Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents.
  • Available to patrons in UW-Madison libraries, and to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff off-campus.

 

American Presidency Project

  • From the University of California, Santa Barbara. About the Presidency Project. 
  • Has a single searchable database covering:
    • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1929
    • The Public Papers of the Presidents: since 1929
    • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: 1977-2009
    • The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents: post 2009
  • The advanced search allows you to limit by president, document category (that is, the kind of document), and date.
  • The site also has Statements of Administration Policy (Reagan 1985-Trump) and presidential News Conferences (Hoover 1929-Trump current).
  • Free resource. 

 

Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S.

  • University of Michigan website provides free public access to Presidential writings, addresses, and public remarks of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Clinton.
  • Documents can be keyword searched or browsed by author (arranged alphabetically by Presidents' first names.)

Federal Depository Library Program

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the UW-Madison Libraries make U.S. government publications available to the public at no fee.

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