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Presidential Publications

This guide will assist you with US Federal presidental publications, George Washington-present.

Paper Documents

As of 2018, all paper and microfiche government documents were moved to LSC Storage on HW 9. To view any of the physical document resources, you now must have the items paged via Sooner Xpress request, found here: https://libraries.ou.edu/

Presidential Publications

Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents

1789-1921 (Washington-Wilson)

Call Number: J 81.B96 and J 81.B96a

Location: LSC Storage, HW 9 and online

· Begun in 1897 by a private publisher, James Richardson, but then later also published by GPO on orders from Congress

· The private and GPO versions are similar, but not exact

· Available online through a number of databases, including Project Gutenberg (v. 1-11): http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/metabook?id=mppresidents

 

 

Public Papers of the President

1929 (Hoover) - Present

Call Number: GS 4.113

Location: LSC Storage, HW 9 and online

· Begun in 1957 because before this there was no systematic, official compilation of Presidential documents, besides the Federal Register/CFR (only 1933 forward)

· Text of speeches, news conferences, messages, statements, communications to Congress, executive orders, proclamations, nominations, and appointments

· The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) began publishing the Public Papers of the Presidents series in 1957 as an official publication of United States Presidents’ public writings, addresses, and remarks (1 CFR 10).

· The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series (call number: 308 R 67p).

· Currently, volumes are published approximately twice a year and each volume covers approximately a 6-month period.

· 1977: Began incorporating all items from the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

· 1989: the Public Papers series stopped including the materials which are published in the Federal Register - i.e. the most authoritative parts of Presidential papers

· There is a gap between the Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents and the Public Papers of the Presidents, so Presidents Harding (1921-1923) and Coolidge (1923-1929) are not represented.

· The most current volumes are available on the Federal Digital System at:

         https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=PPP

· The University of Michigan also has a database of the Public Papers of the Presidents: http://www.hti.umich.edu/p/ppotpus/

· These volumes are for historical research, as they are disseminated much after the fact.

 

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

1965-January 2009 (Johnson-G. W. Bush)

Call Number: GS 4.114

Location: LSC Storage, HW 9 and online

· The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents consists of all materials which are released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary: statements, messages, letters, memoranda, Executive Orders, proclamations, remarks, etc.

· Includes: list of laws approved by the president, nominations approved by the Senate, checklist of White House releases, etc.

· Beginning with the Clinton Administration (1993) the volumes are available online through the Federal Digital System at:

· Paper ceased in 2000, now only online   http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD

· For 1965-2009 research

 

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents

January 20, 2009 (Obama) - Present

Location: Online only through the Federal Digital System at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=CPD

· Continued the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and consists of all materials which are released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary: statements, messages, letters, memoranda, Executive Orders, proclamations, remarks, etc.

· Includes: list of laws approved by the president, nominations approved by the Senate, checklist of White House releases, etc.

· For current research

 

 

 

 

 

Who Might be Interested:

  • Scholars
  • Journalists
  • Interested Citizens
  • Students of the U.S. legislative system

 

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