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Government Publications

A basic guide in identifying and locating government information.

Primary Presidential Publications

  • Messages and Papers of the Presidents
    An 11-volume work (10 numbered volumes, plus one supplement) of the messages and papers of the presidents of the US from 1787 through 1902. The main 10 volumes of this edition were published in 1902, and the supplemental volume was published in 1904.
    (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Public Papers of the Presidents
    The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States contains material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. It includes volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton & Obama.
    (University of Michigan)
  • Foreign Relations of the United States
    An incomplete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed.
    (University of Illinois & University of Wisconsin)
  • Presidential State of the Union Addresses 
    Provides the presidential addresses before a joint session of Congress. 
  • American Presidency Project 
    Provides non-partisan on-line source for presidential public documents to promote a more informed citizenry of the United States, high quality scholarly and media analysis, and a better understanding of American democracy throughout the world.
    (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Presidential Directives & Executive Orders from Truman to Current President
    The National Security Council (NSC) is the principal forum for Presidential consideration of foreign policy issues and national security matters. The NSC gathers facts and views of appropriate Government agencies, conducts analyses, determines alternatives, and presents to the President policy choices for decision. The President's decisions are announced by decision directives.
    (Federation of American Scientists)
  • U.S. Presidential Impeachment Bibliography of Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton 
    Provides a primary source bibliography of the impeachment of Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton in chronological order.
    (California State University at Stanislaus)

Financial Presidential Documents