Free Resource Highlight: The American Presidency Project

What with election day right around the corner, your friendly librarians wanted to highlight an excellent, free resource related to all things presidential: The American Presidency Project.

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The American Presidency Project (APP) is a collection of over 100,000 documents hosted by the University of Santa Barbara.  As explained on their website, the APP is the only online resource “that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database” this plethora of documentation.

What sorts of things are included?

  • Messages and papers of the Presidents
  • Party platforms
  • Speeches (Inaugural addresses, State of the Union addresses, and more)
  • Public Papers
  • And even election data dating back to 1789!

You can search for, select, or browse the collections therein to find exactly what you’re looking for or to discover something new.

That’s certainly not an exhaustive list; just a sampling of the many types of items you will find archived here. They even provide an audio/video archive for those wanting to listen to one of FDR’s Fireside Chats or view Gerald Ford’s remarks on pardoning Richard Nixon.

Not much of a history buff?  You can even view campaign speeches, press releases, and statements from the current candidates here. Or check out the homepage to see newspaper endorsements of the current candidates and how they stack up to previous elections/candidates.

Whether you’re in the thick of a serious research project or just need a distraction as you bite your nails while the results pour in tomorrow, we hope you’ll enjoy this wonderful resource.

Happy Searching!