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Records Management


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.

See for more information on existing Presidential Libraries.

Guidance from the National Archives and Records Administration
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