Saturday, January 26, 2013

It's All Presidential

From the Presidential Inauguration to executive orders on gun control and Cabinet appointments, the President and presidential documents have been much in the news lately.  One of the best overall sources combining various types of presidential documents, election data, and an audio/visual archive, is the American Presidency Project.  Established in 1999 as a collaboration between professors John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this free internet resource now provides searchable access to over 103,000 documents, including the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Washington - Taft (1789-1913); the Public Papers of the Presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush; and presidential documents from the first term of Barack Obama. 

For an official source of presidential documents in PDF, try the Government Printing Office's website, FDsys. Here you'll find easy access to the Compilation of Presidential Documents Collection, with supplementary materials such as nominations and press releases. Coverage is from 1993 to the current week. For access on the go, GPO Mobile's Presidential Documents app provides mobile access to documents released by the White House Press Secretary beginning in 2009, including searchable executive orders, speeches, statements, approved acts, nominations, and press releases.  The app works with any smart phone at

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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