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Government Documents - President, Executive Office of the President: The President

Guide to our holdings of presidential publications, including presidential papers, executive orders and proclamations, the Office of Management and Budget, and presidential agencies and commissions.

About the office

The President of the United States is the highest office in the country. The president is the chief executive of the United States, its chief diplomat, commander in chief of the military, head of state, and sets economic policy. Presidential elections are held every four years.

Electronic/internet resources

Related guides

Office of the Federal Register has links to presidential papers and other issuances.

Our holdings

Government Documents has an extensive collection of presidential documents, including the following:

Public papers of the presidents (AE 2.114:) A compilation of speeches, statements, proclamations, and other issuances. Volumes are also available in the HeinOnline Presidential Library (UHM login required). Not all presidents are included in this series; to search for compilations of other presidents' papers, use OneSearch. The Library of Congress has compiled indexes to the papers of earlier presidents (call no. LC 4.7:).

Weekly/daily compilation of presidential documents (AE 2.109:) was formerly a weekly publication including speeches, addresses, and other public communications of the President. It is now issued daily. Older issues are available in the HeinOnline Presidential Library (UHM login required).

Economic report of the President  Prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, this report gives an overview of U.S. economic policy and annual progress. All editions are also available in FRASER.

Presidential directives are not considered public documents and they are not published in the compilations of presidential documents. Information about where to find them is available here.

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