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Public Papers of the Presidents

This guide provides an overview of resources on the Executive Office of the President.

What are the Public Papers of the Presidents?

  • Include the public messages and speeches of the presidents
  • Letters, meeting minutes, and memoranda not included, but can often be found in the broader presidential manuscript collections

  • Official series began publication in 1957 with Truman's papers 
  • Hoover's papers included (published retroactively) 
  • FDR's papers included (published privately before 1957)

See also the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.

Finding the Public Papers

Finding Presidential Speeches