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Presidential Documents: Other Public Docs

Publications of the President or the Executive Office of the President.

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This page provides information on how to find presidential documents that are not presidential directives.

Presidential Documents (that are not Presidential Directives)

  Daily/Weekly Comp of Pres Docs Public Papers of the Pres USCCAN Serial Set Cong Record American Pres Proj Other
Addresses and remarks   yes       yes  
Addresses to the nation   yes       yes  
Communications to Congress (usually Presidential messages) yes yes yes yes yes yes  
Communications to Federal agencies yes yes       yes  
Inaugural addresses yes yes       yes (1)
Interviews with the news media   yes       yes  
Joint statements   yes       yes  
Letters and messages   yes       yes  
Memoranda (also listed under Presidential Directives) yes yes       yes  
Nominations submitted to the Senate yes yes     yes yes  
Press conferences yes         yes  
Press releases yes         yes  
Resignations and retirements yes yes       yes  
Speeches yes yes       yes  
State of the Union addresses yes yes   yes yes yes (3)
Statements regarding bill signings and vetoes yes yes     yes yes (2)

 

(1) Inaugural addresses of the Presidents of the United States from George Washington 1789 to George Bush 1989. 13914 S. Doc. 101-10. Govt Doc Y 1.1/2: Serial 13914.

"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations, Library of Congress.

The inaugural addresses of the American Presidents, from Washington to Kennedy, Main Libr J81 .C61

Inaugural addresses of the presidents of the United States, from Washington to Roosevelt, Main Libr J81 .C06a

The addresses and messages of the presidents of the United States, inaugural, annual, and special, from 1789 to 1846: with a memoir of each of the presidents and a history of their administrations, Main Libr J81 .A46

(2) Presidential vetoes, 1789-1988, Govt Ref Y 1.3:S.pub.102-12

Presidential vetoes, 1989-2001, Govt Doc Y 1.3:S.PUB.107-10

Some may be published as House or Senate Documents (H.Doc. or S.Doc.).

(3) The State of the Union messages of the Presidents, 1790-1966, Main Libr J81 .C66

The addresses and messages of the presidents of the United States, inaugural, annual, and special, from 1789 to 1846: with a memoir of each of the presidents and a history of their administrations, Main Libr J81 .A46

Sources

Daily/Weekly Comp of Pres Docs

Note: The current Compilation of Presidential Documents is more up-to-date than Public Papers of the Presidents. In earlier years, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents included more documents than the PPP.

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents; Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents via HeinOnline, 1965-present Best Bet
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Compilation of Presidential Documents 1993-
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Academic Search Complete 1995-
Each week the Government Publishing Office publishes in this database the President's public speeches, press conferences, proclamations, etc. from the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. These are later compiled in the volumes of the Public Papers of the Presidents.
Public Papers of the Pres & related

Note: The current Compilation of Presidential Documents is more up-to-date than Public Papers of the Presidents. In earlier years, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents included more documents than the PPP.

A compilation of the messages and papers of the presidents (George Washington to Woodrow Wilson)
Main Ref  J81 . B96G
The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Main Libr  E806 .R749. Also available at U.S. Presidential Library via HeinOnline; choose "U.S. Presidential Library" from the drop-down (at the top left) > Public Papers.
Public Papers of the Presidents (Herbert Hoover to present, except FDR)
Govt Ref AE 2.114 ; Govt Index AE 2.114 ; Online, 1929-1932, 1945-present . Also available at U.S. Presidential Library via HeinOnline; choose "U.S. Presidential Library" from the drop-down (at the top left) > Public Papers.
Each president's public speeches, proclamations and sometimes executive orders are collected and published together in an annual volume, arranged chronologically. Volumes for some presidents are also available through their libraries: Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush
USCCAN United States Code Congressional and Administrative News. Govt Doc KF48 .W4
Serial Set United States Congressional Serial Set (online)
Govt Doc Y 1.1/2, numbered serially 1879-1999 (print)
Govt Micro Y 1.1/2 - Y 1.1/8 (microfiche)
The Serial Set is primarily comprised of congressional reports on legislation, but has Presidential messages, documents and treaties as well. For the 19th century many executive agency reports are included--reports on expeditions, fisheries, commerce, defense, etc. Bowdoin's paper Serial Set starts with the years of the early republic, and with a few gaps continues to the present. The online Serial Set provides access to 1980.
Cong Record Congressional Record
American Pres Proj American Presidency Project. An amazing archive -- party platforms beginning in 1840, inaugural addresses since 1789, public papers since 1789, signing statements, State of the Union addresses, Executive Orders*, Proclamations, and much more.
(*Note: Executive Orders from before 1970 that have subsequently been changed (e.g., superseded, amended, etc.) may not appear in their original form.)

Other sources

White House

U.S. Presidential Library via HeinOnline. Choose "U.S. Presidential Library" from the drop-down (at the top left).

More information

Presidential Veto Statements, Insights on Law and Society 18.1 (2018)

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