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Fall 2015 Newsletter

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The American Presidency Project

For the Fall 2015 issue of the Friends of the Law Library Newletter, the web site The American Presidency Project is featured.  Established in 1999 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, it has become one of the most widely used sources of information about the U.S. Presidency.

The American Presidency Project collects and organizes information on the Presidents of the United States.  It includes

  • The Messages and Papers of the Presidents – Washington (1789) to Taft (1913)
  • The Public Papers of the Presidents – Hoover (1929) to Obama (Book I, 2011)
  • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents – Carter (1977) to G. W. Bush (2007)
  • The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents – Obama (2009-2015)
  • Thousands of other documents.
The American Presidency Project

The main page of the web site offers interesting and unexpected information.  For instance, see a graphic of the length in words of State of the Union addresses.  Or the 25 most viewed Presidential documents since 2008.  One very important item to note is that the search field is unexpectedly below the fold under “Document Archive.”

Even if your research interests do not sync with this information, you may enjoy perusing the web site to see if one of the 160 college commencement addresses in the archive was at Georgetown, or to listen to the farewell addresses of Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton.

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