Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1929 onwards)
The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States is the official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature. More about the Public Papers.
Issued: Volumes are published approximately twice a year, and each volume covers approximately a 6-month period.
Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965 to present)
The Compilation of Presidential Documents is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary. A companion to the Public Papers, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents was started in 1965 to provide a broader range of Presidential materials on a more timely basis. From 1977 onward, all material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is incorporated into the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. More about the Compilation of Presidential Documents from FDsys.
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (January 20, 2009 to present)
The Daily Compilation replaced the Weekly Compilation on January 20, 2009 (Obama).
Citation: Daily Comp. Pres. Docs., 2009 DCPD No. 00001, p.3 means the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents in the year 2009, in the first document, on page three.
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965 to January 29, 2009)
Official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary. Replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents on January 20, 2009.
Issued: Weekly (Monday)
The inaugural addresses of the presidents can also be found in presidental papers.
Presidential Papers Program
Public Law 85-147 gave the Library of Congress authority for the Presidential Papers Program, a program to preserve and make presidential papers accessible. The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress houses the original papers of 23 presidents. The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress indexed and filmed over two million manuscripts as part of this program. The indexes and microfilm reels are housed in many research libraries across the country.
The presidential papers collections are mainly composed of letters to and from the President. Also included are diaries, financial papers, applications for office, and other miscellaneous items. The collections are generally divided into series according to the types of papers (legal, financial, military, etc.).
The Library of Congress has begun to make the complete presidential papers available on the American Memory site. Documents include correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, journals, books, military records, reports and notes.
Beginning with Herbert Hoover, each president has a "presidential library" which contains the papers and files of the respective president as well as correspondence of the presidents and their associates.
Many of these collections are not government documents because they include private as well as public papers of presidents. Moreover, many of these collections are collected and published privately. Many papers are published in more than one publication, in which case, only larger or more authoritative publications are included. The following titles are mostly based on the bibliographies from the excellent Public and Private Papers by the Scripps Library, University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Search tip: In the American University library catalog, search for the president's name as AUTHOR, e.g. Washington George.
1. George Washington, 1789-1797
The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia is a project to publish a comprehensive edition of Washington's correspondence. Letters written to Washington as well as letters and documents written by him are included. When complete, it will comprise approximately ninety volumes. A few documents are free online. American University Library will have a complete copy of the print edition. George Washington University and George Mason University have the online version.
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress 1741-1799 (Manuscript Division, Library of Congress)
The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress has the largest collection of original George Washington papers. The collection has been digitized from the microfilm version and is available in its entirety online. There are no annotations, just images of the original documents.
Earlier editions of Washington's papers.
2. John Adams, 1797-1801
Adams Papers Digital Editions (Massachusetts Historical Society)
The Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Papers project seeks to publish a comprehensive collection of the papers of the Adams family from 1753-1889. This massive project is divided into four series. Material related to John Adams can be found in each of the four series. The Adams Papers Digital Editions is the online version of the following print publications:
Earlier editions of Adams' papers.
3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
Earlier editions of Jefferson's writings.
4. James Madison, 1809-1817
5. James Monroe, 1817-1825
The James Monroe Papers Project at Mary Washington College is putting forth an authoritiative edition of his writings.
Earlier editions of Monroe's writings.
Unpublished collections of Monroe papers.
6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
The original papers of Andrew Jackson are in hundreds of libraries, museums, and private collections. The Library of Congress in Washington, DC owns the largest single collection with over 20,000 items.
The University of Tennessee Press is publishing a selective edition of Andrew Jackson papers.
Earlier editions of Jackson's writings.
Unpublished collections of Jackson papers.
8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
9. William Henry Harrison, 1841
10. John Tyler, 1841-1845
11. James Knox Polk, 1845-1849
12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
13. Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861
16. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
18. Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877
19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 1877-1881
20. James Abram Garfield, 1881
21. Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
24. Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
25. William McKinley, 1897-1901
26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
27. William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
28. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
29. Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-1923
30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
31. Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
33. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
34. Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
36. Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
37. Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
38. Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
39. James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
40. Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
41. George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
42. William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
43. George Walker Bush, 2001-2009
44. Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-