Code of Federal Regulations
Compiled Regulatory Histories
Conducting Regulatory History Research
Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
Other Presidential Information
These sources provide a wide range of information on past presidents, including press releases, social media posts, radio addresses, debates, speeches, and more.
A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789–1929
This 20-volume set contains selected messages and documents issued by the Presidents from George Washington to Herbert Hoover.
Presidential Libraries — National Archives
This website, sponsored by the National Archives, contains information about researching at Presidential Libraries as well as provides links to all presidential libraries since the Hoover Administration.
The Papers of the Presidents of the United States — Yale Avalon Project
This website provides selected Presidential documents since George Washington.
The American Presidency Project — UC at Santa Barbara
This website provides vast materials on Presidential documents from George Washington's administration to the present day. Materials on the website include:
HeinOnline: U.S. Presidential Library (On-campus use. Remote access via ASURITE)
The HeinOnline U.S. Presidential Library has many publications by and about U.S. Presidents in addition to those listed above.
The Sources tab details the print and online sources available for accessing presidential proclamations and executive orders.
The Finding Aids tab provides information on print and online tools for locating presidential proclamations and executive orders by subject, date, and number.
Starting with Proclamation 2287 and Executive Order 7906 (1938), the Federal Register has printed most proclamations and executive orders. It also includes reorganization plans and administrative decisions such as presidential determinations, memoranda, notices and letters. The Federal Register Index (cumulated monthly followed by an annual index) provides access under the heading “Presidential Documents.”
Presidential Directive and Orders: Federation of American Scientists
This website contains review and decision directives since the Truman Administration.
Presidential Directives and Where to Find Them: Library of Congress
This website supported by the Library of Congress provides a list of sources to consult when looking for Presidential Directives.
National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations: The Declassified History of U.S. Political and Military Policy, 1981-1991/ Christopher Simpson
CIS Index to Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations
This set provides the most complete indexing and access to Executive Orders and Proclamations from 1789 to 1987. The CIS Index to Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations provides the following access points to locate orders and proclamations:
Items indexed with only a CIS accession number for the publication are only available from the microfiche collection. However, if an item has been printed in an official source (Statutes at Large or CFR), the citation will be given in the bibliographic list.
Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index
The National Archives and Records Administration's web page, Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index provides superseding and updating information on particular executive orders. Disposition Tables contain information about Executive Orders beginning with President Franklin Roosevelt. They are arranged by Administration and year of signature. The Disposition Tables includes the following information:
Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
The Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders provides a subject approach to locating the full-text of executive orders from 1945–1989. It is divided into 50 chapters that are similar to the broad subject areas found in the CFR and United States Code. This title is out of print and only covers proclamations and executive orders issued between 1945 and 1989.
Presidential Executive Orders, Numbered 1-8030, 1862–1938, Clifford L. Lord, ed.
This 2-volume set provides a list of executive orders from 1862 to 1938. Volume 1 lists the orders by order number with a brief description of the order, the date it went into effect, and a citation to its source if known. Volume 2 is a subject arrangement of orders.
List and Index of Presidential Executive Orders, Unnumbered Series (1789–1941), / Clifford L. Lord, ed.
In the past, many orders were issued without receiving a number which makes them difficult to locate. This one-volume set contains entries for over 1,500 unnumbered Orders. Arranged by date, each entry contains a brief description of the order and provides a citation to where the order can be located. It also contains a subject index.
Administrative Orders consists of findings, presidential determinations, memoranda, notices and letters. They differ from proclamations and executive orders in that they are not numbered. They receive treatment similar to proclamations and executive order
The details the print and online sources available for accessing administrative orders.
The President is authorized under 5 U.S.C. §§ 901–912 to evaluate the structure and duties of executive agencies and to make revisions as appropriate for the more efficient operation of the executive government. This can include the addition, elimination, or transfer of duties from an agency. For a reorganization plan to take effect, a joint resolution must be passed by the House and Senate approving the plan. Plans are numbered by year and plan number within that year.