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Resources & FAQs

How do I contact President and Mrs. Bush?

Send correspondence to:
    Office of George W. Bush, P.O. Box 259000, Dallas, TX 75225
    Email: info@ogwb.org

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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum preserves
and protects important historical materials and supports research
and makes available the records
of the Administration of President George W. Bush.

Is there a cost to submit a FOIA request?

The George W. Bush Presidential Library is the 13th Presidential Library operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, a U.S. Federal agency. The National Archives does not charge Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filing, searching, or processing fees. However, standard reproduction fees are charged for copying historic records. See the FOIA Reference Guide for details.

How much are the reproduction fees?

For information on the cost of copying documents, click here. To order photographs and videos, see the AV Reproduction Fee Schedule.

How do I submit a FOIA Request?

For guidance and tips on how to submit a FOIA Request, click here.

Can I just walk in and use your Research Room?

Click here for hours of operation for our Research Room. You are encouraged to contact us via email or telephone (214) 346-1557 before making a research visit, so our staff is better prepared to assist you. New researchers are issued a researcher identification card. You must have a valid photo ID to obtain a researcher ID card. New researchers are required to view an orientation presentation. Click here to plan your Research Visit.

Do I have to go through Security to use the Research Room?

As a Federal agency, weapons are not allowed in the building. Upon entry, all visitors must pass through a security check. All weapons, including guns, knives, multipurpose tools, and stun-guns, will be confiscated and not returned. All bags are X-rayed, and potentially, searched by security staff. Inform the security staff that you are conducting research so your bag may be stowed in a locker in the Researcher Orientation Room. To enter the Research Room, all bags must be stowed in a locker.

Who can use the Research Room?

Anyone can use the Research Room; you do not need to be a U.S. citizen, or present credentials or a letter of recommendation. However, you must be 14 years old to do research, unless you receive special permission or are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

will i see the president or mrs. bush at the museum?

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush remain actively involved in issues of national and global concern through the George W. Bush Institute, a policy institute that is part of the Bush Center and operated by the George W. Bush Foundation. The President continues to emphasize education, global health, human freedom, and support of the military, while Mrs. Bush focuses on education, health care, and human rights for women. In addition, they are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, son-in-law, Henry Hager, and proud grandparents of Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager. However, visitors are frequently surprised to see them strolling through the exhibits. 

How do I obtain historic prints and other audiovisual materials?

The George W. Bush Presidential Library holds approximately 30,000 audiovisual recordings, 227 cubic feet of photo negatives, and just over 3.8 million photographs created by the White House Photo Office. Click here to order prints and other audiovisual materials.

How do I get a tour of the archives and what goes on behind the scenes?

The Library offers a Reading Room for anyone interested in doing research. We encourage researchers to contact us at gwbush.library@nara.gov before your visit so we can be ready with the documents you wish to see. Because of holdings protection and on-going archival processing, we do not give tours of non-public areas of the facility.

How do I cite records from your Archives on my research paper?

Follow these guidelines for citations for records retrieved from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

How do I contact the Library with more questions?

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205
   Main Phone: 214-346-1650
   Achives: 214-346-1557
   Fax: 214-346-1699

    General Inquiries: gwbush.library@nara.gov
    Media Inquiries: bush43media@nara.gov
    Speaker Requests: bush43media@nara.gov
    Visitor Inquiries: bush43visitors@nara.gov
    Museum Inquiries: museum.gwbush@nara.gov
    Photograph/Audiovisual Archives: photos.gwbush@nara.gov
    Education Program: bush43education@nara.gov
    Volunteer Program: bush43volunteer@nara.gov
    Museum Space Rental: catering@bushcenter.org

 

Who do I contact for Vice President Richard B. Cheney's official records?

The official Vice Presidential records of Richard B. Cheney are preserved and made publicly available for research through the Presidential Materials Division, a part of the NARA, in Washington, DC. These records are subject to the provisions of FOIA.

    Presidential Materials Division, NARA
    700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room G7, Washington, DC 20408-0001
    Phone: 202-357-5200; Fax: 202-357-5941
    Email: presidential.materials@nara.gov

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Publications from Library Collections

The textual, audiovisual, and electronic Presidential records as well as 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 used materials from the Library and Museum as primary documentation including:

Decision Points

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

Laura Bush
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

Condoleezza Rice
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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Brochure for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum available to download.