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As the Nation's official record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) serves as administrator for records of the U.S. Federal Government. NARA's Presidential Libraries and Museums are repositories for textual, audiovisual, and electronic Presidential records as well as domestic and foreign Presidential gifts. Created or received throughout the Bush Administration, the records at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serve as a resource for the study of American history, the American Presidency, and important issues of public policy.

Finding Aids

View the Finding Aids for open records currently available for research. Finding aids could include information about extent or linear feet, access, series, administrative or biographical history, scope and content note, system of arrangement, container list (folder title list), and other pertinent details.

In the Textual Processing Room at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, archivist Elizabeth Lanier prepares acid-free folders that will hold Presidential documents.

Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Textual Records

More than 29,000 cubic feet or 70 million pages of textual materials are housed at the Library and include Presidential records from the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Examples of EOP records are the White House Office of Records Management, the White House Staff Member Office Files, such as Condoleezza Rice and Karl Rove, the National Security Council files, and the records created by The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (The WMD Commission).

Audiovisual Records

The Library holds over 1,200 cubic feet of audiovisual materials. In addition, the Library's electronic records include nearly 4 million photographs created by the White House Photo Office.

Electronic Records

The Library holds approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records — the largest electronic records collection of any Presidential Library. This data includes over 200 million email messages created or received using the White House email system; the files from the shared network drives used by various White House offices; and the data from the various records management, scheduling, and appointment systems used in the EOP. The vast majority of these electronic records are stored in the National Archives and Records Administration's Electronic Records Archive (ERA). Electronic records not stored in ERA are physically housed at the Library or at the National Archives' headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Museum and Library Fun Facts

  • Located in 15-acre, prairie-inspired park; home to 6 acres of native prairie plants
  • 14,000-square-foot exhibition space
  • 20-foot-tall, 360-degree high-definition video wall
  • Approximately 43,000 gifts given to the President and First Lady
  • Almost 70 million pages of textual materials
  • Over 1,200 cubic feet of audiovisual materials containing at least 7,900 audio recordings and more than 17,000 video recordings
  • Just over 3.8 million photographs
  • 227 cubic feet of photo negatives
  • Approximately 80 terabytes of electronic records
  • About 200 million email messages
  • Full-size replica of White House Oval Office
  • Average of 340,000 visitors each year

Textual, audiovisual, and electronic Presidential records at the Library are processed under the terms of the Presidential Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

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