Presidential Briefing Papers


President George W. Bush reads a handwritten document while making telephone calls to world leaders in the Oval Office on January 19, 2009.

President George W. Bush used the Presidential Briefing Papers as a guide for his working day. The packet of materials consists of schedules for each day, event memoranda, participant lists, agendas, and other documents related to the meetings and activities for that day. The President’s formal schedule for each day, a block schedule for the calendar month, and a narrative schedule for the immediate week ahead are included at the beginning of each packet. After being used, the records were gathered and organized by the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM). WHORM staff assigned a subject file code, FG001-07, and case file number for the each day’s records. The Presidential Briefing Papers compliment the Presidential Daily Diary, where every action of the President is recorded in detail.


President George W. Bush reads the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy in the Oval Office on June 13, 2007.


Archival Research Guide

George W. Bush Presidential Library staff created a spreadsheet that identifies all the folders of the Presidential Briefing Papers that have been processed and released. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request number where the folder is located and, if available, a link to the digitized records in the National Archives Catalog are listed for each folder.


Presidential Briefing Papers Spreadsheet


In addition, photo essays, Presidential Messages and Statements, press releases, and more from 2001 - 2008 are available through the archived White House Website.

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