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Presidential Papers and Documents

Gilbert Stuart, artist. George Washington: first president of the United States. [1828?]. From the original series painted by Stuart for the Messrs. Doggett of Boston. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available.

Learn more about the Public Papers of the Presidents at The National Archives

The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary. The Compilation of Presidential Documents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Learn more about the Compilation of Presidential Documents at The National Archives

Subscription Databases for Finding the Public Papers of the Presidents

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Free Resources for Finding the Public Papers of the Presidents

Print Resources for Finding the Presidential Papers and Documents

The following resource links to fuller bibliographic information about the item in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. This resource may also be available at other public and academic libraries.

Supplemental Resources

Finding Presidential Addresses on Video