Research guides

Presidential Documents

Free Online Resources

Presidential documents are freely available from multiple places online. Below is a selection of these websites.

govinfo

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States govinfo

Includes:

Barack H. Obama
George W. Bush
William J. Clinton
George H.W. Bush
Ronald W. Reagan
James E. Carter, Jr.
Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
Richard M. Nixon
Lyndon B. Johnson
John F. Kennedy
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Harry S. Truman
Herbert Hoover

Avalon Project, Yale

The Papers of the Presidents The Avalon Project, Yale Law School

Includes:

George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
Dwight D. Eisenhower
William Clinton
George W. Bush

Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC

Executive Orders and Other Presidential Documents: Sources and Explanations Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC
Briefly explains and links to major sources for materials including Presidential directives, proclamations, signing statements, executive orders, memoranda, and other documents.

End of Term Archive

End of Term Archive
Captures and saves U.S. Government websites at the end of presidential administrations. Contains federal government websites (.gov, .mil, etc) in the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branches of the government. Websites that were at risk of changing (i.e., whitehouse.gov) or disappearing altogether during government transitions were captured. Includes 2008-2009, 2012-2013, and 2016-2017 presidential transitions.