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Government Publications: United States

Guide to United States government publications.

Research tip

‚ÄčPrior to 1978, materials created by the President, and his staff, during the course of his duties (correspondence, memos, telephone logs, etc.) were considered his personal property. These materials may be in the Library of Congress, historical societies, academic archives, or in one of 13 presidential libraries. The Presidential Records Act of 1978 recognized Presidential records that "document the constitutional, statutory, and ceremonial duties of the President" as property of the United States Government. The materials are given to the Archivist of the United States when a president leaves office. The papers of Richard Nixon are governed by the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 and administered by the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff at the National Archives at College Park, MD.

Research Presidential Materials, prepared by the National Archives, provides an excellent overview of the types of presidential documents available.

Key resources for official presidential documents

The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents  is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other other materials released by by the White House Press Secretary.  It replaced the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, which was published every Monday. 

1992 to January 29, 2009

Compilation of Presidential Documents via FDsys
Includes both the Daily Compilation (January 2009 to present) and the Weekly Compilation (1992 to 2009).
1965 to October 2000
in paper

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Call Number: AE 2.109: Government Publications/United States
Paper copies available in the SDSU Library.

The Public Papers of the Presidents are the official publication of presidential public writings, addresses, and remarks.  Prior to 1977, the Public Papers were edited volumes with complete coverage provided by the Weekly Compilation.  Beginning with Jimmy Carter, all public papers are included.  The text of executive orders and proclamations are included for 1977-1988.  Later years provide only references to location in the Federal Register.

1991 to present
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States via FDsys

1929 to present
in paper

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Call number: AE 2.114: Reference/United States
The SDSU Library has Herbert Hoover through current president.

Other public & private collections