The annual series, Public Papers of the Presidents began in 1957 as a response to a recommendation made from the National Historical Publications Commission, and it was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register/National Archives and Records Administration, starting with the fifth year of the Eisenhower Administration. The National Historical Publications Commission’s recommendation was issued under section 6 of the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1506), and incorporated in regulations of the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, becoming a part of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 1, Part 10.
The Public Papers of the Presidents consists of papers, speeches, and remarks given by the President. Since 1977, the Public Papers of the Presidents have expanded to include material published in the “Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents” including: the text of proclamations and executive orders, communications to Congress, news conferences, reorganization plans, resignations, retirements, and White House Office news releases. Currently, two books are published during a year, each book covering a six-month period of the Administration. The Public Papers of the Presidents currently covers the papers of the following presidents: Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Compilations for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and earlier Presidents were published commercially before the commencement of the Public Papers of the Presidents series.
The Public Papers of the Presidents in print is located on Myrin Library’s Lower Level in the call number range beginning with 973.
Since 2009, volumes of the Public Papers of the Presidents series have been digitized and placed online. As of 2019, the whole series is online, located on Govinfo.gov
For more information about Myrin Library’s Federal Depository Collection, please contact Kerry Gibson, Collection Management Librarian.