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HIST 350 - History U.S. Foreign Relations: Public Papers of the Presidents

Public Papers of the Presidents

"The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) began publishing the Public Papers of the Presidents series in 1957 as an official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks (1 CFR 10).

The series provides an historical reference covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. (The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series).

Currently, volumes are published approximately twice a year, and each volume covers approximately a 6-month period.

Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the textnote." (Public Papers of the Presidents)

Presidential Seal

Online Access

Depending on the president, their papers can be found online in several locations:

Public Papers of the Presidents
National Archives

  • Barack Obama
  • George H.W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Ronald Reagan

Presidential Documents Archive
The American Presidency Project
University of California, Santa Barbara                                                                

  • Public Papers of the Presidents
    • Hoover, 1929-1933;
    • Truman through Bush II, 1945-2007
    • Obama, 2009-2010
  • Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt (F. Roosevelt 1933-1945)
  • Additional presidential documents

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
University of Michigan

  • Includes Hoover - Bush  (1929-1993)

Print Access

Each state has a federal depository program to collect government documents. These libraries are open to the public. Two libraries that should have print copies of much of what you are looking for are the New York State Library and SUNY Albany.

***We advise that if you want to travel to a library to view the documents in person, that you contact the library ahead of time to make sure that they have the particular volume that you are looking for***

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12230-0001
State University of New York, Albany
University Library
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 1222