PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS AND PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES
What is the Presidential Records Act?
The Presidential Records Act (44 USC 2201-2207) specifies how
the President, Vice-President, and White House Staff, including
certain staff in the Executive Office of the President must
manage their records during an Administration. The Act, along
with EO 13233, also provides a process for restriction and
public access to these records after they have been legally
transferred to the custody of the Archivist of the United States
at the end of an Administration.
You will be informed by White House Counsel if you create
records covered by the Presidential Records Act and will be
given detailed guidance on your responsibilities.
What is a Presidential Library?
A Presidential Library is a repository operated by NARA for
preserving and making available the records, personal papers,
and other historical materials of the President and his staff.
When a President leaves office, NARA establishes a Presidential
project until a new Presidential Library is built, in accordance
with the Presidential Libraries Acts of 1955 and 1986, and
transferred to the Government. In addition to being the archival
repository for the presidential historical materials, each
Presidential Library contains a museum and provides an active
series of public programs, many of which are funded through
private foundations set up to build and provide continuing
support for the Library.
for more information on existing Presidential Libraries.
Guidance from the National Archives and Records Administration