Appendix A General Bibliography of the Presidency - Presidential documents



Every Monday since 2 August 1965 the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has published the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. The "Comp," as it is generally referred to, contains statements, messages, executive orders, proclamations, and sundry other presidential materials released by the press secretary at the White House during the previous week. It is distributed by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

Beginning with the Eisenhower administration in 1953, the Federal Register has published annually the Public Papers of the President, which today contain the cumulated contents of the "Comp," except for executive orders and proclamations. Retrospective editions for the Hoover and Truman administrations have also been issued. Below is a list of these and other collections of presidential documents. Editions marked with an asterisk are projects conducted under the auspices of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPR), a statutory body affiliated with NARA. The NHPR, prodded originally by President Harry S. Truman, is charged to collect, preserve, and publish the public and private writings of prominent Americans, including notably those of the presidents.

Early Compendia

American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., 1832–1861.

Richardson, James D., ed. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents. 20 vols. New York, 1917.

George Washington

Library of Congress microfilm. 124 reels.

Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–1944.

*Abbot, W. W., et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington. 44 vols. of 75 expected. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–.

John Adams

Adams Family Papers. Massachusetts Historical Society microfilm. 608 reels.

Adams, Charles Francis, ed. The Works of John Adams. 10 vols. Boston, 1850–1856.

*Butterfield, L. H. et al., eds. The Adams Family Papers. 34 vols. of 100 expected. Cambridge, Mass.

Thomas Jefferson

Library of Congress microfilm. 65 reels.

Ford, Paul Leicester, ed. The Works of Thomas Jefferson. 12 vols. New York, 1904–1905.

Lipscomb, A. A., and A. E. Bergh, eds. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. 20 vols. Washington, D.C., 1903–1904.

*Boyd, Julian et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 28 vols. of 83 expected. Princeton, N.J., 1950–.

James Madison

Library of Congress microfilm. 28 reels.

Hunt, Gaillard, ed. The Writings of James Madison. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1900–1910.

*Hutchinson, William T. et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison. 23 vols. of 60 expected. Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., 1962–.

James Monroe

Library of Congress microfilm. 11 reels.

Garrison, Curtis W., ed. James Monroe Papers in Vi rginia Repositories. 13 reels. Charlottesville, Va., 1969.

Hamilton, Stanislaus M., ed. The Writings of James Monroe. 7 vols. New York, 1898–1903.

John Quincy Adams

Adams Family Papers. Massachusetts Historical Society microfilm. 608 reels.

*Butterfield, L. H. et al., eds. The Adams Family Papers. 34 vols. of 100 expected. Cambridge, Mass.

Andrew Jackson

Library of Congress microfilm. 78 reels.

Moser, Harold D. et al., eds. The Papers of Andrew Jackson. Microfilm edition. 39 reels. Wilmington, Del., 1986.

*Smith, Sam B. et al., eds. The Papers of Andrew Jackson. 5 vols. of 17 expected. Knoxville, Tenn., 1980–.

Martin Van Buren

*West, Lucy Fisher, Walter L. Ferree, and George W. Franz, eds. The Papers of Martin Van Buren. Microfilm edition. 55 reels, 134-page guide. Alexandria, Va., 1987.

William Henry Harrison

Library of Congress microfilm. 3 reels.

John Tyler

Library of Congress microfilm. 3 reels.

James K. Polk

Library of Congress microfilm. 67 reels.

Quaife, Milo M., ed. The Diary of James K. Polk During His Presidency, 1845–1849. 4 vols. Chicago, 1910.

*Weaver, Herbert et al., eds. The Correspondence of James K. Polk. 9 vols. of 11 expected. Nashville, Tenn., 1969–.

Zachary Taylor

Library of Congress microfilm. 2 reels.

Millard Fillmore

*Smith, Lester W., ed. Millard Fillmore Papers. Microfilm edition. 68 reels, 47-page guide. Buffalo, N.Y., 1975.

Franklin Pierce

Library of Congress microfilm. 7 reels.

James Buchanan

Moore, John Bassett, ed. The Works of James Buchanan. 12 vols. Philadelphia, 1908–1911.

*West, Lucy Fisher, ed. James Buchanan Papers. Microfilm edition. 60 reels, 35-page guide. Philadelphia, 1974.

Abraham Lincoln

Library of Congress microfilm. 97 reels.

Basler, Roy P., ed. Works of Abraham Lincoln. 9 vols. New Brunswick, N.J., 1953–1955.

Andrew Johnson

Library of Congress microfilm. 55 reels.

*Graf, LeRoy P. et al., eds. The Papers of Andrew Johnson. 16 volumes. Knoxville, Tenn., 1967–2000.

Ulysses S. Grant

Library of Congress microfilm. 32 reels.

*Simon, John Y., et al., eds. The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. 22 vols. of 25 expected. Carbondale, Ill., 1967–.

Rutherford B. Hayes

Williams, Charles F., ed. Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes. 5 vols. Columbus, Ohio, 1922–1926.

*Smith, Thomas, ed. The Rutherford B. Hays Papers. Microfilm edition. 301 reels, 56-page guide. Fremont, Ohio, 1982.

James A. Garfield

Library of Congress microfilm. 177 reels.

Brown, Harry J., and Frederick D. Williams, eds. The Diary of James A. Garfield. 4 vols. East Lansing, Mich., 1967–1981.

Chester A. Arthur

Library of Congress microfilm. 3 reels.

Grover Cleveland

Library of Congress microfilm. 164 reels.

Benjamin Harrison

Library of Congress microfilm. 151 reels. Speeches of Benjamin Harrison, The. New York, 1892.

William McKinley

Library of Congress microfilm. 98 reels.

Theodore Roosevelt

Library of Congress microfilm. 485 reels.

Morison, Elting, and John Blum, eds. The Papers of Theodore Roosevelt. 8 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1951–1954.

William Howard Taft

Library of Congress microfilm. 658 reels.

Woodrow Wilson

Library of Congress microfilm. 540 reels.

*Link, Arthurs. et al., eds. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson. 69 vols. Princeton, N.J., 1966–1994.

Warren G. Harding

*Lentz, Andrea, ed. Wa rren G. Harding Papers. Microfilm edition. 263 reels. Columbus, Ohio, 1970.

Calvin Coolidge

Library of Congress microfilm. 190 reels.

Herbert Hoover

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Herbert Hoover. 6 vols. Washington, D.C., 1929–1933.

Hoover-Wilson Correspondence, The. Ames, Iowa, 1974.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Rosenman, Samuel I., ed. Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 13 vols. New York, 1938–1950.

Harry S. Truman

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman. 8 vols. Washington, D.C., 1948–1953.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower. 8 vols. Washington, D.C., 1953–1961.

*Chandler, Alfred D., Jr., et al., eds. The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower. 21 volumes. Baltimore, 1970–.

John F. Kennedy

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy. 3 vols. Washington, D.C., 1961–1963.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson. 10 vols. Washington, D.C., 1963–1969.

Richard Nixon

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1969–1974. 6 vols. Washington, D.C., 1969–1974.

Gerald R. Ford

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Gerald R. Ford, 1974–1977. 6 vols. Washington, D.C., 1974–1977.

Jimmy Carter

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1977–1981. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1977–1981.

Ronald Reagan

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan, 1981–1989. 15 vols. Washington, D.C., 1981–1989.

George Bush

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George Bush, 1989–1993. 8 vols. Washington, D.C., 1989–1993.

William J. Clinton

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton, 1993–. 4 vols. to date. Washington, D.C., 1993–1996.





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