Presidential Libraries

Presidents and First Ladies

Use these links to find information about presidential documents, the U.S. Presidents, and Presidential Libraries.

American Presidents: Life Portraits
This site was created to complement C-SPAN's television series of the same name. It is searchable by president's name.
Colonial Hall: A Look at America's Founders
Includes biographies of 103 founding fathers, as well as a "Featured Founder" and trivia.

A Guide to Web Resources for the Study of the History of the Modern Presidency
This site is designed and maintained by Professor Robert Griff for an undergraduate history class at American University. It has an extensive list of links about the presidency and selected presidents.

The American Presidency Project
A study of the American Presidency established in 1999 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and points of interest for each president. Includes links to useful sites.

Sponsored by the Leadership Information Archives, this site is designed to improve access to the presidential libraries.

The President as Commander-in-Chief
By Kahlil Chism, this Calendar of Events feature article highlights the documents of Presidents "who have had to exercise their powers as Commander-in-Chief at the outbreak of war."

The Presidential Appointee Initiative
The Presidential Appointee Initiative, a Brookings Institute site, features the handbook, A Survivor's Guide for Presidential Nominees.

Presidential Speech Archive
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, this site offers recordings of famous speeches from many presidents.

Presidents of the United States: Trivia
The Internet Public Library (IPL) collects Frequently Asked Questions to post to this interesting site.

Standing in for the President
This article, published in the Summer 1999 issue of Prologue, looks at the role of the Presidents' press secretary.

With Easter Monday You Get Egg Roll at the White House
This article by C.L. Arbelbide was published in the Spring 2000 issue of Prologue.

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Barack Obama's Inaugural Address
The full text of President Obama's January, 2009 Inaugural Address.

Inauguration Firsts
Some precedents and notable events during presidential inaugurations.

The Fifty-Third Inauguration: Clinton's Second Term Begins
Photographs and reports from the second inauguration of Bill Clinton. Of interest is the "First-time Events at Presidential Inaugurations" page.

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This Library of Congress American Memory site is a collection of approximately 2000 digital files from all of the 55 inaugurations from George Washington's in 1791 to Barack Obama's in 2009.

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the U.S.
Lists the presidents in chronological order, and a link tells the story of the presidents who were not inaugurated.

Inaugural Quiz
A National Archives site. Entertaining quiz to test your knowledge of inaugural trivia.

Presidential Inaugurals: Historical Perspective
A transcript of the PBS show in which the NewsHour's historians Michael Beschloss, Haynes Johnson, Steven Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Roger Wilkins talk to Margaret Warner about the history of inaugurations.

The Presidential Inaugural
This Smithsonian web site features photographs of Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Inaugurations.

Presidential Inaugurations Quiz
Test your knowledge about past Presidential inaugurations in this activity, designed by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.

Records of Presidential Inaugural Committees
Record Group 274, 1933-1989. Held at the National Archives.
From the first inauguration through the most recent, follow the history of the nation's highest office.

Who's Who and What's What: See what you know about Presidential Inaugurations.
This inauguration quiz is presented by the Washington Post "and compiled by Tammy Kennon with contributions from Ben Abramson" Ray Hamel and Dave Schreiner.

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The 25th Amendment

Abrupt Transition
This article, published in the Winter 2000 issue of Prologue, discusses the change in inauguration fanfare when a Vice-President must quickly been sworn into office.

Amendment XXV
This site includes the actual wording of the amendment.

Capitol Questions
This particular question deals with the order of succession as covered in the 25th Amendment. The answer gives a short summary of the concerns precipitating the passage of the amendment.

Ford talks on presidential disability
Former President Gerald Ford gave the keynote address on presidential disability to a Wake Forest symposium in 1995 where the Working Group on Presidential Disability convened.

Presidential Illness and the 25th Amendment
The National Institutes of Health web site includes scanned copies of the original print version of this article. It is full of historical facts.

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Selected Presidents

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First Ladies

First Ladies of the United States
This site links to First Lady biographies and a First Ladies bibliography.
The First Ladies of the U.S.A.
Links to biographical information about each First Lady, including portraits. Published by the White House Historical Association.
National First Ladies' Library
The web site for the first and only facility of its kind, its purpose is to educate the world about the contributions of the First Ladies and other important women in history.
Office of the First Lady of the U.S.A.
The home page for First Lady Michelle Obama includes a biography and a photo of the First Lady.
Office of Mrs. Biden
The home page for the Wife of the Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden. Includes a photo and a biography relating to Mrs. Biden's work as an educator and speaker.
Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies
Formal and informal portraits of the First Families from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Includes at least one likeness of the forty-one Presidents and most of the First Ladies.
The Dolley Madison Project
A complete on-line edition of her existing letters as a fully searchable digital archive. Dolley Madison was the first First Lady to serve in Washington, D.C.

Portraits and Photographs of Presidents and First Ladies
By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies
The Library of Congress has compiled this reference aid of formal and informal pictures.
Portraits of the Presidents from the National Portrait Gallery
This new online exhibit features 61 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other likenesses of the Presidents.
Presidential Portraits by Chas Fagan
This site complements C-SPAN's television series, "American Presidents: Life Portraits."

Salaries and Retirement Benefits of U.S. Presidents
Salaries and Retirement Benefits of U.S. Presidents and other Federal Government Employees
This Internet Public Library web site features salary information for current and past Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and government officials.
Presidential Salaries Exclusive of Prerequisites
Historical data of presidential salaries.

Presidential Documents on National Archives Web Sites
Presidential Documents on National Archives Web Sites
This National Archives web site has links to Executive Orders, Proclamations, and other Presidential documents.
GPO Access (Government Printing Office)
Provides access to official text of various government documents.

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