Artist rendering of Library and Museum approach. Courtesy George W. Bush Foundation and Michael McCann for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP.
Research

Research FAQ

How Do I Write to President George W. Bush or Mrs. Laura Bush? 

Please send any correspondence for the President and Mrs. Bush to the Office of George W. Bush at the following address:

First Lady Laura Bush and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia share a moment, February 21, 2008, during a gowning and investiture ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P022108SC-0534)

Office of George W. Bush
P.O. Box 259000
Dallas, TX 75225-9000
General Inquiries: info@ogwb.org

 

When Can I Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum? 

The Library and Museum opened to the public on May 1, 2013.

Museum Hours:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday
  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Research Room Hours: 

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays.

 

For more information, view the Plan Your Museum Visit page.

What Presidential Records are Open to Research?

George W. Bush Presidential records at the Library are being systematically processed under the terms of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). View the Finding Aids for our records currently available for research at the Library.

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What Presidential Records are Closed to Research? 

Presidential records are reviewed under the terms of the PRA. Those materials that are restricted under the PRA will remain closed for twelve years after the President has left office. However, after the first five years from the end of the Administration, the PRA also states that records are accessible through the FOIA. Records closed under FOIA will remain closed for longer, variable periods. Much of the information closed by the Library in accordance with the PRA restrictions and the FOIA exemptions is applied to materials to protect matters, such as personal privacy and national security. The appropriate restrictions are cited for all closed information so researchers are fully informed about all materials being withheld.

Donated historical materials, such as gubernatorial, campaign, and personal papers from the Bush family and White House staff members, are processed in accordance with a Deed of Gift. Donated historical materials will not be accessible to researchers until processing has been completed.

Can I Request Access to Unprocessed Presidential Records?

Yes, but not until January 20, 2014. Any individual may request access to unprocessed Presidential records by submitting a written and signed FOIA request after the five-year waiting period has expired.

Prior to January 20, 2014, according to the special access provisions of the PRA, requests for access to unprocessed records can be made only by the incumbent President, former President George W. Bush, the Congress, or the courts.

Whom Should I Contact for Vice President Richard B. "Dick" Cheney's Official Records? 

Vice President Richard B. "Dick" Cheney's records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. These records will be available, subject to provisions of the FOIA beginning January 20, 2014. For more information on the records of Vice President Cheney, please contact:

Presidential Materials Staff
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Room 104
Washington, D.C. 20408-001
General Inquiries: presidential.materials@nara.gov 
 

Whom Should I Contact About My Other Questions? 

For inquiries, an archivist will be happy to assist you.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-346-1557
Fax: 214-346-1558
General Inquiries:
gwbush.library@nara.gov

 

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