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FDLP logo UCF is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and currently receives approximately 90% of Federal publications distributed through this program. Documents in every subject area are collected.

Related Research Guides

Other guides which may be useful for research include:

President and White House

See also the archives of the earlier versions of the White House web sites from President George W. Bush and from President William J. Clinton, starting with the first White House web site in 1994. President Barack H. Obama also had a transition website prior to taking office on January 20, 2009 -
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Online version (1993+)
Online version (1995+)
Microfilm J 80 .A284 (1965-1968)
General Collection J 80 .A284 (1969-January 2001)
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Online version (1929+)
General Collection J 80 .A283 (1929-1932/33, 1945-2004)
Online version (1991+)
Presidential Signing Statements
see also the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and Public Papers.
Other Sources:
  • U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News
    Reference KF 62 .A2 W4 - UCF holdings begin with P.L. 89-350 (1966)
    If the President issued a Signing Statement, it usually follows the committee report in the legislative history volume.
  • Congressional Record Index
    U.S. Documents X 1.1: (1873+)
    The "History of Bills and Resolutions" section is arranged by bill number and includes citations for presidential messages about the bill.
The Presidents: A Reference History
Online version
Reference E 176.1 .P918 1996
The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency
Online version
General Collection E 176.1 .R295 2000
Congressional Quarterly's Desk Reference on the Presidency: Over 500 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Reference JK 516 .W44 2000
Browse for other books about the President:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly JK 511 through JK 609
- and U.S. Documents

Historical Publications

See the list of resources on the general Federal page.
provides full-text documents and statistical data, including:
  • Public Papers of the Presidents, 1929+
  • The Messages & Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1913
  • State of the Union Addresses, 1789+
  • Inaugural Addresses, 1789+
  • Saturday Radio Addresses, 1982+
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats, 1933-1944
  • Presidential News Conferences, 1929+
  • Executive Orders, 1826+
  • Presidential Proclamations, 1789+
  • Presidential Signing Statements, 1929+
  • Press Briefings (Office of the Press Secretary), 1993+
  • Statements of Administration Policy, 1997+
  • Presidential Debates, 1960+
  • Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speeches, 1880+
  • Political Party Platforms, 1840+
  • Relations with Congress (Requests for Legislation, Concurrence, Vetoes, etc.)
  • Popularity
  • Public Appearances (Major Speeches, News Conferences, Public & Political Appearances, Level of Public Activity)
  • Growth of the Executive Branch (Federal Budget, Differences in Appropriations Proposed by President & Passed by Congress, Executive Orders, White House Staff Budget)
  • Presidential Selection (Election Results, Voter Turnout, etc.)
"The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government."
  • Online Reference
    • Bibliographies - "Bibliographies for each U.S. President and subject specific bibliographies on issues related to U.S. Public Policy (e.g. the Vietnam conflict, Watergate, and Civil Rights)"
    • Public & Private Papers - "Descriptions of the available papers collections of all U.S. Presidents and many of their associates"
    • Online Resources - "Links to publicly available resources on the Web (e.g. Public Papers of the Presidents, Economic Report of the President, Declassified State Department Documents.)"
  • Multimedia Archive
    • Presidential Recordings - "Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. The tapes chronicle these presidentsí deliberations and decisions during such critical events as the prelude to the Second World War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mississippi and Birmingham civil rights crises, the Vietnam War, and the opening to China.... The PRP [Presidential Recordings Program] is dedicated to making presidential recordings accessible through accurate transcriptions, helpful annotations and downloadable audio files. "
    • Presidential Speeches - "The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the more important presidential speeches of the past 60 years. These speeches are available in their entirety in multiple audio formats. When possible, we have also provided transcripts of the speeches."
    • Presidential Oral Histories - "The Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program debriefs the principal figures in the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton, with plans to do the same for future presidents. The program addresses the gap in the written historical record with the personal perspectives of key administration players."
    • Miller Center Forums - "The Miller Center's Forum Program brings together speakers and audiences for discussions of critical public policy topics. Every forum since 1977 has been recorded and is currently housed in the Scripps Library."
Recordings of Conversations & Meetings. Situation Room Series (President Lyndon Baines Johnson)
Audio Cassette E 846 .R42 (v. 6505, pt. 1-7)
Media E 846 .R43 guide
  • List of speakers' names, date & estimated time of conversations inserted in each cassette container
  • Online Description & Index
  • "consists of recordings of telephone conversations originally made on 38 Dictabelts. These recordings apparently were made by the staff of the White House Situation Room at the time of the Dominican Crisis in 1965, when President Johnson sent U.S. military forces to the Dominican Republic following a coup in that country."
  • Printed Guide (shelved with audiocassettes): Documents Concerning the Dominican Crisis Referred to in Recordings of Telephone Conversations - "Since these conversations are often cryptic unless the listener also has copies of the documents in hand, the Library staff has compiled this reference set of documents for use in listening to the conversations."
Recordings of Conversations & Meetings. White House Series (President Lyndon Baines Johnson)
Audio Cassette E 846 .R43 (v. 6504, pt. 1-10; v. 6505, pt. 1-34)
  • List of speakers' names, date & estimated time of conversations inserted in each cassette container
  • Online Description & Index
  • "consists of two types of recordings: 1) recordings of telephone conversations, primarily made on Dictaphone Dictabelt Records, from November 22, 1963, through January 1969, and corresponding transcripts; and 2) recordings of international meetings and of meetings held in the Cabinet Room from late November 1967 through 1968, made on reel-to-reel audio tape, and corresponding transcripts."
American Memory Collection (Library of Congress)
  • "I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations (1789-2001)
  • By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present
  • George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799
  • The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress (1606-1827)
  • The James Madison Papers, 1723-1836
  • Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library (1850-1909)
  • Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress (1850-1865)
  • The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
  • Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film (1898-1919)
  • American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election
  • Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
The following collections are some of those available in the UCF Main Library:
  • The Jefferson Papers of the University of Virginia, 1732-1828.
    Microfilm E 332 .J654 1977
    10 reels / 96 page guide
    See also the Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress.
  • The John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign. (1953-1960)
    Microfilm E 837.7 .J641
    22 reels / 39 page and 79 page guides
  • Civil Rights During the Kennedy Administration, 1961-1963.
    Microfilm JC 599 .U5 C49 1986
    • pt. 2. The Papers of Burke Marshall, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. - guide
  • Civil Rights During the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969.
    Microfilm JC 599 .U5 C5 1984
    • Pt. 1. The White House central files. (15 reels) guide
    • Pt. 2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: administrative history. (3 reels) guide
    • Pt. 3. Oral histories. (3 reels) guide
  • The John F. Kennedy National Security Files, Latin America. (1961-1963)
    Microfilm F 1418 .J6 1987
    10 reels / 280 page guide
  • The Lyndon B. Johnson National Security Files, Latin America. (1963-1969)
    Microfilm F 1418 .L93 1987 and Microfilm F 1418 .L94 1999
    26 reels / 367 page guide
  • Political Activities of the Johnson White House, 1963-1969.
    Microfilm E 846 .P641
    • Part 1, White House Central and Confidential Files. 47 reels / 138 page guide
  • History of the Department of Justice, November 1963-January 1969
    Microfilm JK 873 .H573
    6 reels / 24 page guide
  • Papers of the Nixon White House. (1969-1974)
    Microfiche E 855 .P3
    1,943 fiche / 8 volume guide
    See also Nixon Presidential Materials for finding aids.
    • pt. 1. Official inventories of papers and other historical materials of the Nixon White House (96 fiches)
    • pt. 2. The President's meeting file, 1969-1974 (260 fiches)
    • pt. 3. John Ehrlichman : notes of meetings with the President, 1969-1973 (77 fiches)
    • pt. 4. The John Ehrlichman alphabetical subject file, 1969-1973 (175 fiches)
    • pt. 5. H.R. Haldeman : notes of White House meetings, 1969-1973 (98 fiches)
    • pt. 6, ser. A. Documents annotated by the President, 1969-1974 (370 fiches)
    • pt. 6, ser. B. Daily news summaries annotated by the President, 1969-1973 (244 fiches)
    • pt. 7. President's personal files, 1969-1974 (548 fiches)
    • pt. 8. The Nixon White House tapes : the complete transcripts prepared by the Watergate Special Prosecution Force (75 fiches).

Agencies and Departments

Top-pick Federal Agencies Directory (GPO & Louisiana State University)
provides browsing alphabetically or by hierarchy, as well as searching by keyword or phrase.
See the list on the general Federal page.
National Contact Center (Federal Citizen Information Center)
1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636)
"Have a question about Federal programs, benefits, or services? Call our information specialists toll-free...between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Use our online knowledgebase containing all of our frequently requested information."
U.S. Government Manual
Online version (1995+)
Online version (1957/58-1985/86) at University of Michigan
Online version (1935-1951)
U.S. Documents AE 2.108/2: (1985/86+)
U.S. Documents GS 4.109: (1981/82-1984/85)
"provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees."
  • The Regulatory Process - Implementing Laws Passed by Congress
  • Presidential Materials - Remarks, Speeches, & Executive Orders
  • Executive Publications - Reports, Investigations, Findings, etc.
  • Additional Resources - Other Federal Web Sites & Resources
(NOTE: Most of the resources listed are freely accessible. For those resources listed as "UMich Only", the UCF Libraries might also have subscription access through our Articles & Databases page.)
  • Acronyms
  • Administrative Law
  • Advisory Committees
  • Agency Directories
  • Annual Reports
  • Biographies
  • Blogs
  • Citizen Services
  • Executive Agency Research
  • OMB
  • Native American Tribes
  • Podcasts
  • Prisons
  • Salaries
  • Web Sites/Agency
  • Web Sites/Search Engines
  • Web Sites/Subject

Rules and Regulations

Top-pick Code of Federal Regulations
Online version (1996+)
Online version (1980+)
Current edition in print - U.S. Documents Ready Reference shelves
Microfiche - U.S. Documents AE 2.106/3: (1938+)
"the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation."
See also:
Federal Register
Online version (1994+)
Online version (1980+)
Microfiche - U.S. Documents AE 2.106: (1936+)
"the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents."
The Federal Register: What It Is and How to Use It - online tutorial

Administrative Decisions

Most administrative decisions are conducted by agencies within the Executive branch and are sometimes referred to as quasi-judicial. Resources are listed on the Federal Administrative Decisions page.

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