Presidential records from the George W. Bush Administration are being processed under the terms of the Presidential Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). View the Finding Aids for the records currently available for research at the Library. In addition, the following publications and resources regarding the Bush Presidency are available.
President George W. Bush shakes hands with Bono after the musician spoke on February 2, 2006, during the National Prayer Breakfast. President Bush called the rock star a "doer" and a "good citizen of the world."
Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P020206PM-0095)
Publications from Library Collections
The documents, audiovisual materials, and artifacts housed in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are an important resource for authors. To date, a number of books have been published that use materials from the Library and Museum as primary documentation.
George W. Bush
Crown Publishing Group, 2010
Decision Points, a memoir written by President George W. Bush after he left office, recounts the defining decisions of the President's life and administration. He discusses the 2000 election, his efforts to safeguard the country in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, education reform, Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, treatment of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and the response to the financial crisis.
Spoken from the Heart
Scribner Publishing, 2010
Mrs. Laura Bush's memoir, Spoken from the Heart, takes the reader from her childhood in Midland, Texas through her service in the White House. She recounts her role in outreach both domestically and abroad, including her efforts on behalf of women in the Middle East, her work for HIV/AIDS relief in Africa, her involvement with the Helping America's Youth initiative, and her promotion of women's heart health education.
On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System
Henry M. Paulson
Business Plus Publishing Group, 2010
On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System is former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's memoir. It reviews the financial crisis at the end of the Bush administration and discusses how market conditions were addressed, policy considerations were debated, and decisions were made.
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
Crown Publishing Group, 2011
In her memoir, No Higher Honor, Secretary Rice recounts her years as a high ranking official in the Bush administration. She discusses her role as National Security Advisor in the aftermath of September 11th and the administration's efforts to keep America safe, and later as secretary of state as she helped shape and carry out the President's foreign policy.
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Other Research Links
George W. Bush:
- Archived White House Website The White House website was "frozen in time" on the last day of President Bush's term in office. It provides access to press releases, speeches, news briefs, image galleries, policy information and children's resources from the Bush Administration.
- Public Papers of the President: George W. Bush The digital version of Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, from the Government Printing Office series, includes the public papers and speeches given by President George W. Bush.
- Executive Orders of President George W. Bush This website provides access to the complete collection of executive orders signed by President George W. Bush.
- George W. Bush Gubernatorial Collection This website contains the finding aid for the George W. Bush Gubernatorial Collection previously housed at the Texas State Library and Archives and now housed at the Library and Museum, as well as information on requesting those records.
- The American Presidency Project The American Presidency Project is an initiative of the University of California - Santa Barbara, which has compiled over 88,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency, including proclamations, public addresses, executive orders, and more.
- The Miller Center of Public Affairs The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs includes American President: An Online Reference Resource, a collection featuring biographies, essays, speeches, photographs, oral histories, and videos about Presidential administrations.
- GPO Access This website provides online access to official Federal resources from all three branches of the Federal Government published by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
- THOMAS, Library of Congress THOMAS is an online resource that contains Federal legislative information such as bills and resolutions, schedules and calendars, and the Congressional Record.
- White House Historical Association This website enhances the mission of the White House Historical Association whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.
- National First Ladies Library A national archive dedicated to educating people about the contributions of First Ladies and other women in history. The Library includes biographies, manuscripts, lesson plans, multimedia resources, bibliographies, timelines, and other resources.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) As the nation's record keeper, the NARA website provides information about exhibits and teaching resources, news and events, guides to collections and research at the National Archives, and other resources available at NARA locations throughout the United States. NARA has two search engines to provide online access to records: www.archives.gov/research/search and www.archives.gov/research/arc.
- Presidential Libraries NARA oversees the Presidential Libraries, and this website offers a convenient location to find information about all thirteen Libraries.
- The Center for Legislative Archives A part of NARA, the Center for Legislative Archive preserves and makes available the records of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
- The Presidential Timeline The Presidential Timeline is an interactive digital resource that includes primary documents for key events in the life and administration of Presidents starting with Herbert Hoover.
- The Digital Vaults Browse through more than 1,200 documents drawn from NARA holdings.
- NARA Online Exhibits A treasure of documents and materials drawn from NARA holdings, exhibits include "Every Four Years: Electing a President," "Running for Office: Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman," "Dear Bess: Love Letters from the President," "Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents," "The Watergate Files," and several others.
- Our Documents: The 100 Milestone Documents This website highlights the 100 Milestone Documents in American history from 1776-1965. It contains background information as well.
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) This NARA website provides information about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as well as guidelines on how to request records.
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