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Presidential Documents

Presidential Documents

This guide focuses on how to access the Public Papers of the President. These documents include executive orders and proclamations, nominations, announcements, transcripts of speeches and press conferences. These documents also include the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (replaces the Weekly Compilation as of January 29, 2009) and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (replaced by the Daily Compilation as of January 29, 2009).

Different types of Presidential Documents can also be found in additional resources. Including:

In the CFR

Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations includes executive orders and proclamations, administrative orders, and reorganization plans. For how to access the C.F.R., see the Code of Federal Regulations guide.

In Congressional Documents

Messages to Congress are included in various Congressional Documents. For how to access these documents, see the Congressional Documents guide.

In the Federal Register

The Federal Register includes executive orders and proclamations, administrative orders, and reorganization plans. For how to access the F.R., see the Federal Register guide.

In the Statutes at Large

The Statutes at Large include Proclamations (back to 1846) and reorganization plans. For how to access the Statutes at Large, see the Federal Acts (Public Laws) guide.

In USCCAN

The U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN) includes executive orders and proclamations, reorganization plans, and signing statements (since 1986). For how to access USCCAN, see the Federal Acts (Public Laws) guide.

Additional Resources

Whitehouse.gov includes presidential Actions, including Executive Orders and Proclamations, as well as speeches and other statements of the current president.

Select Presidential Documents may also be available through the National Archives and The American Presidency Project at UC Santa Barbara.

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