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The Presidential Records Act (PRA), provides for the review and release of Obama presidential records beginning five years after the end of the Administration. On January 20, 2022, the public can request records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, there are other resources that provide information about the the Obama administration and the presidency, including publication of some presidential documents:
The Obama Administration
- Archived White House Websites and Social Media
The White House websites and certain social media accounts were "frozen in time" on the last day of President Obama’s term in office.
- Public Papers of the President: Barack Obama
The Government Publishing Office (GPO) maintains a digital version of Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, which includes published documents and speeches.
- Executive Orders of President Barack Obama
List of all Executive Orders signed by President Obama, as compiled in the Federal Register.
- The American Presidency Project
A project of the University of California - Santa Barbara, the American Presidency Project provides a searchable interface for presidential materials from George Washington to Barack Obama.
- The Miller Center of Public Affairs
The Miller Center of Public Affairs, part of the University of Virginia, maintains an online collection of biographies, essays, exhibits, oral histories, speeches, photographs, and oral histories about the U.S. presidential administrations.
- Federal Digital System (FDSYS), Government Printing Office
Online access to official Federal resources from all three branches of the Federal Government published by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Formerly known as THOMAS, the website for Congress includes a search engine for legislative information including bills and resolutions, calendars, and the Congressional Record.
- White House Historical Association
The White House Historical Association provides insight into the cultural significance of the White House itself, with online exhibits on traditions, furnishings, and holidays, plus biographies of the First Families.
- CIA FOIA Electronic Reading Room
The Central Intelligence Agency’s electronic, searchable library of documents it has released through FOIA requests.
- Department of State, Office of the Historian
The Office of the Historian of the State Department provides a chronological list of presidential and Secretary of State travel, visits from foreign leaders, and more.
- Foreign Relations of the U.S. (FRUS)
Compiled by the Department of State, the “FRUS” series is the official historical record of U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic activity.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
NARA’s main website includes an overview of policies and lists of records available for research, lesson plans and other resources for educators, and information about the NARA facilities across the country.
- National Archives Catalog
NARA’s online catalog enables researchers to search for descriptions of NARA’s records and provides online access to collections that have been digitzied.
- The Center for Legislative Archives
The Center for Legislative Archives is the branch of NARA responsible for preserving and processing the records of the US Congress.
- Founders Online
- The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (a part of the National Archives) partnered with the University of Virginian Press to make available online over 177,000 documents of the Founding Fathers of America.