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U.S. Government Documents Guide

Executive Branch Documents -- Federal government departments, agencies, and commissions

Executive Branch Documents, 1789-1932 -- in Proquest Congressional (**Requires Emory log in)

  • Documents produced by Federal government departments, agencies, and commissions
  • Cover all aspects of U.S. social, political, and economic life, as well as major events in U.S. history.

**Search Tip -- The Advanced Search in Proquest Congressional allows you to limit your search to Executive Branch documents (or any of the other collections in the database).

govinfo.gov (free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government)

  • govinfo.gov also has many contemporary agency documents.

Presidential Documents

Presidential Documents include:

  • The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States contain most of the President's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. Proclamations, Executive Orders, and other such documents are included beginning with the administration of Jimmy Carter (1977).
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents began publication in 1965 as a way of providing a broader range of publications on a more timely basis than the Public Papers. This title continued as the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents.
  • Executive Orders and Proclamations

govinfo.gov (free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government)


Hein Online (Emory log in required)


American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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