Research Links

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

Research

  • 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.
  • Congress.gov
    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)

  • Archives.gov
    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 sthat 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.
  • Presidential Timeline
    A tool designed for educators, the Presidential Timeline includes primary sources, exhibits, and educational activities focused on the lives and events of presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush.
  • 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.