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Government Documents - Executive Branch - The President, The Executive Office of the President: The President

About the office

Article II, section 1, of the Constitution provides that "[t]he executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, . . . together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term . . . ." In addition to the powers set forth in the Constitution, the statutes have conferred upon the President specific authority and responsibility covering a wide range of matters (United States Code Index).

The President is the administrative head of the executive branch of the Government, which includes numerous agencies, both temporary and permanent, as well as the 15 executive departments.

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Our holdings

Government Documents provides access to an extensive collection of Presidential publications.  Highlights include:

AE 2.109:   Weekly/Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents - Documents appearing in the Compilation of Presidential Documents collection are edited for accuracy and annotated with additional information to provide an authoritative record of the Presidency. It includes:


Executive orders


Press conferences

Communications to Congress and Federal agencies

Statements regarding bill signings and vetoes

Appointments, nominations

Reorganization plans

Acts approved by the President

Nominations submitted to the Senate

White House announcements

Press releases



AE 2.114:   Public Papers of the President - an official series of Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature.

LC 4.7:      Presidents Papers Index Series - The Library of Congress-produced indexes to the papers of earlier presidents.

Y 4.P93/1:3   A compilation of the messages and papers of the presidents - An early attempt to compile official Presidential writings; this is not comprehensive.

Pr #.         President of the United States - Publications from President of the United States correspond to the number of the Presidency.  Publications from FDR's presidency begin with Pr 32., and President Obama is Pr 44.

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