GPO Digitizes Public Papers of the Presidents
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hoover, Truman – George H.W. Bush Added to the Collection
Washington, D.C. − U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) have digitized volumes of The Public Papers of the Presidents for Presidents Herbert Hoover (1929) through George H.W. Bush (1990), with the exception of the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency. The papers of President Franklin Roosevelt were published privately before the commencement of the official Public Papers series. Each volume of The Public Papers of the Presidents is comprised of a forward by the President, public writings, addresses, remarks, and photographs. This digitization effort joined the already digital version of Public Papers for Presidents George H. W. Bush (1991−1992), William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama.
"GPO is proud to have digitized these Public Papers of the Presidents,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director John Crawford. “Each volume chronicles an important time in our Nation’s history. The public will now be able to access these documents on smartphones, tablet, laptops, and personal computers. I congratulate the GPO and OFR employees who made this immense digitization effort come to fruition.”
The Public Papers of the Presidents are currently published twice a year and covers a six-month period. They may be accessed for free on GPO’s govinfo, the one-stop site to authentic, published Government information.
The Public Papers of the Presidents, which are compiled and published by OFR/NARA, began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available. This recommendation was issued under section 6 of the Federal Register Act (44 U.S.C. 1506).