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U.S. Presidential Research   Tags: american government, national elections  

Information on books, databases and digital collections to assist in researching U.S. Presidents.
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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U.S. Presidential Seal

The Seal of the President of the United States is used to mark correspondence and is also used as a symbol of the Presidency.


Books & Databases

America: History & Life
Call Number: Library Database
An index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

First ladies: from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama - Betty Boyd Caroli
Call Number: E176.2 .C37 2010 (Library North, floor 5)

Guide to the presidency (3rd ed.) - Michael Nelson
Call Number: Ref. JK516 .C57 2002 (Library North, floor 2)
"...compendium of all the basic facts concerning the American Presidency."

Call Number: Library Database
U.S. Presidential Collection (weekly compilation - 1965- 2009; public papers of the Presidents of the U.S. - 1931- 2005; Presidential executive orders -1789 - 1941, and more)

Call Number: Library Database
iPOLL is organized at the question-level, providing the tools to sift through national public opinion surveys since 1935. From the main search page the user may select specific topics including: Presidency and Presidential Approval.

Remaking the presidency: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916 - Peri E. Arnold
Call Number: JK2316 .A76 2009 (Library North, floor 4)

Vital statistics on the presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush - CQ Press
Call Number: Ref. JK518 .R34 2009 (Library North, floor 2)


Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents was published on every Monday from 1965-2009 and was the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents was replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents on January 29, 2009.


  • 1965-1974: The University Library has in storage. Call number: J80.A284
  • 1975-2000: Located on the shelves in Library North (floor 3): Call number: J80.A284
  • 1992 - 2010: Compilation of Presidential Documents   Electronic version of the Weekly Compilation from 1992 - January 29, 2009, thereafter the Daily Compilation
   See Also:
Compilation of the messages and papers of the presidents, 1789-1897
Call Number: Library Database
Volumes 1-10. It is one of the only sources for early presidential messages.

Compilation of the messages and papers of the presidents, 1787 - 1902 - James D. Richardson
Call Number: J81 .B96g (Library North, floor 4)
Volumes 2-20 (Note: Vols. 1-18 paged continuously)

Congress and the Nation
Call Number: KF49 .C65 (Library North, floor 4)
Summarizes and analyzes federal legislative and policy activity during each presidential term starting with 1945.

Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index
Call Number: Website
"Disposition Tables contain information about Executive Orders beginning with those signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and are arranged according to Presidential administration and year of signature."

Presidential Speech Archive - Miller Center of Public Affairs - Scripps Library
Call Number: Website
"The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history. These speeches all have transcripts, and some are available in their entirety in audio or video."

Public papers of the presidents of the United States
Call Number: Electronic (1991 - 2004)
Started in 1957 in response to a lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time. ALSO SEARCH THE LIBRARY'S ONLINE CATALOG FOR: PUBLIC PAPERS AND NAME OF PRESIDENT OR THE CALL NUMBER: J80.A283

Public papers of the presidents of the United States
Call Number: Website - University of Michigan (1929 - 2000)
Materials prior to 1957 are compiled from documents published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration.


The President's Position

This series examines presidential administrations.  A brief explanation of the administrations is provided and followed by primary documents that were written during the administration. These titles are located on the 5th floor of Library North.

Your Librarian

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Brian Kooy
Philosophy, Religious Studies, Middle East Studies, and Political Science Librarian
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Library South | 5th floor | Suite 542 |

Administrative Law

  • Federal Register (1995 - Current)
    The Federal Register contains: Federal Agency Regulations; Proposed Rules & Public Notices; Executive Orders; Proclamations; Other Presidential Documents
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    The CFR contains the complete and official text of agency regulations organized into fifty titles covering broad subject areas. The CFR is updated and published once a year.

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