Before 1978, records created by a President and his staff while in office were considered his personal property. The Presidential Records Act of 1978 changed this practice and now an administration’s records are transferred to The National Archives after a President leaves office. Contemporary Presidential records are the property of the United States Government. We could go on (and on) about ourselves, and if you are interested in the legislation and history of Presidential Libraries, we invite you to learn more.
Suffice to say, we’re up to 13 Presidential Libraries and Museums across the country, all administered by the Federal Government. Come visit us!
“Let’s be frank. Let me level with you. I know and you know that my plan is unveiled in a political season. I know and you know that everything I propose will be viewed by some in merely partisan terms.”—
President George H.W. Bush, State of the Union Address
“Good evening. I have asked for this radio and television time tonight for the purpose of announcing that we today have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honor in Vietnam and in Southeast Asia.”—