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Are the Barack Obama presidential records available for research?

The Barack Obama presidential records are governed by the Presidential Records Act (PRA). Under the provisions of the PRA, Obama presidential records are not available to public access requests for the first five years after the end of the Administration. (While the PRA states that the public cannot request records until five years after the end of the administration, the Library may open records prior to that date.)  Obama presidential records will become subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on January 20, 2022.  

Who should I contact if I am interested in Vice President Joe Biden’s official records?

Vice President Joe Biden’s records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. These records will be available, subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, beginning January 20, 2022. For more information on the records of the Vice President Biden please contact the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. at:

Presidential Materials Division
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Room G-7
Washington, DC 20408

How can I research the records of other Presidents?

There are thirteen other Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives - from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush.  Each Library manages a research room where the public can conduct research.  It is highly recommended that you contact the Library in advance of any research visits; contact information is available on the Presidential Libraries section of the National Archives’ website.

The National Archives provides a list of online resources on the Presidents, including the special project Founders Online, which provides digital access to over 176,000 documents from the Founding Fathers.

The Library of Congress also maintains archival collections of other Presidential papers.  Additionally, there are other Presidential Libraries outside the National Archives system which are privately operated.

Have President or Mrs. Obama written any books?

President Obama published his first book, Dreams From my Father:  A Story of Race and Inheritance, in 1995.  His second book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, was published in 2006, which was followed by a children’s book, Of Thee I Sing:  A Letter to my Daughters, in 2010.  In late 2020, President Obama published a memoir titled A Promised Land.

Mrs. Obama wrote her first book while she was serving as First Lady.  American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America was published in 2012.  She followed-up with Becoming, a memoir, in 2019.

When can I visit the Obama Presidential Center?

The Obama Foundation is constructing the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side in Jackson Park.   The Center will be a privately operated, non-federal organization. For the most current information on the Obama Presidential Center, visit their website at

Are there exhibits open to the public at the temporary library site?

At this time, there are no plans to exhibit items at the Barack Obama Presidential Library site in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

How do I write to President Barack Obama?

Please send all correspondence for President and Mrs. Obama, including requests for congratulatory or retirement letters, to the following address:

Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066
General requests, scheduling requests, and media inquiries can be submitted through the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama's website at

How do I submit an invitation for President Obama to speak to my organization?

Scheduling for both President and Mrs. Obama is handled by the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama.  Contact them at:

Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066
Scheduling requests can be submitted through the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama's website at

Where can I find information about the Obama Foundation?

The Foundation can be contacted at:

Barack Obama Foundation
5235 S. Harper Ct., Suite 1140

Chicago, IL 60615

Twitter: @obamafoundation

Specific questions can be submitted to the Obama Foundation through their website at