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U.S. Executive Branch-The President: Presidential Documents and Publications

Overview of Presidential publications available at UC Berkeley

Presidential Documents

The following are some of the major documents to come out of the Executive branch.

  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1991 to present). Official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks.
    • Historical copies from 1929 to present: MAIN J80 .A73.
    • Note: The Franklin Delano Roosevelt papers were published privately: The public papers and addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a special introduction and explanatory notes by President Roosevelt, New York, Random House 1938-50: MAIN E807.A5.
    • Also available via Hein Online (UCB Only)
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to present). The publication contains executive orders, statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week.
    • Hein Online (1977 to 2009) UCB Access Only
    • Historical copies from 1965-2000: MAIN J80 .A78.

Additional Resources

Archived White House Websites

When Presidents leave office, the National Archives takes over the old White House website.  Here are the previous White House websites.

Executive Orders & Proclamations

Executive orders and proclamations are the way the President prescribes the conduct of business in the executive branch. Executive Orders relate to how and what executive agencies (Dept of Agriculture etc.,) do. For example, E.O. 9066 was a directive to the U.S. War Relocation Authority to intern Japanese Americans. Most Executive Orders have the force of law.

Presidential proclamations may be pardons (and therefore have the force of law) or may be for celebratory times such as National Dairy Week.

Proclamations appear in:

Executive orders appear in:

  • Federal Register
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 3, 1936- (bound and indexed in DREF)