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United States Presidency: Biography / Presidential Papers

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The White House, Washington, D.C.
The White House, Washington, D.C.
photograph: Christopher O. Dixon

Official residence of the President of the United States.

The White House

Presidential Biographies

Commission On Presidential Debates
Maintained by the nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates, this site can claim to be the official website of presidential debates.

A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the President, 1789-1897
Drexel Library Book shelves (2nd fl.) J80.A4
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Originally published under the authority of the 52nd Congress in 1897, this multi-volume series contains Presidential documents beginning with George Washington and ending with William McKinley. It should be noted that the material is not inclusive. A good starting place for historical research on the Presidency.

American Presidents Life Portraits
C-SPAN's in-depth look at the men who served as this nation's chief executives from Washington to Clinton.  Watch the video of Saint Joseph's University's very own Dr. David Burton on the program about  President William Howard Taft

Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Information
Drexel Library Information Desk (1st fl.) E176.1.K3 1989
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This book could be entitled "Presidential Lives in a Nutshell." It is useful for quickly locating basic family, election, and administration information on each president. (Where was Woodrow Wilson's mother born?) Filled with dates and little known facts. Sources for further reading are listed.

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States|
Drexel Library Book shelves (2nd fl.) J80.A283
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Compilation of Presidential messages, speeches, and statements beginning with the Eisenhower Administration continuing through the present. Retrospective sets were completed for Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman. Privately published volumes exist for many of the presidents including Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. Recent volumes of President Clinton's paper are available on the web.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States
Basic facts and figures on each president and his administration with links to other resources on the web. (From the Internet Public Library)

This site's mission is to bring "presidential libraries materials onto the Internet for improved public access. Links are provided to archival materials for the last 12 presidents. Highly recommended for presidential research material dating back to Hoover.

Presidential Libraries
Links to the presidential libraries from the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies
Academic research site on congress and the presidency sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

The Center for the Study of the Presidency
Organization devoted to the academic study of the presidency. Contains a useful collection of web links on both foreign and domestic policy areas. The Center Fellowship Program provides a great opportunity for students to participate in leadership programs on the presidency with high ranking government officials.

The Presidents
Companion site to the American Experience Series from PBS.  Focus is on the 20th Century presidency.

The Presidents of the United States of America
Brief biographies from the White House with links to inaugural addresses and quotations.

Vital Statistics on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton
Drexel Library Information Desk (1st fl.) JK518.R34 1996
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Presents a comprehensive statistical study of the Presidency from Washington to Clinton. Topics include: selection, election, public appearances, public opinion, policy making and organization. Relations with the legislative and judicial branches are also examined.


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