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History of executive actions and authority
Orders, proclamations, directives, and more
Most comprehensive collection anywhere 1789-2017

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Since 1789, U.S. Presidents have exercised authority through orders, proclamations, directives, memoranda, pardons, correspondence, statements, and other types of communication. As part of the U.S three-branch system of checks and balances, Presidents have undertaken actions to direct foreign policy, interpret enacted law, impact the enforcement of laws, and further social change. This unique collection offers over 100,000 examples of executive actions from 1789-2017. More than 50% date from prior to 1936, approximately 25% belong to our complete numbered executive order and proclamation series, and 75% were collected by human editors seeking to document the history of executive actions. The collection was created on a document by document basis in consultation with archivists and librarians at the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as dozens of government, academic, and public libraries. Includes subject indexing.

  • Content Type: Government & Official Publications, Executive Orders and Proclamations

The “Missing Piece”

When searched in conjunction with other ProQuest Congressional content, this collection can provide the “missing piece” for many historic events and offer insight into the role of executive orders in the U.S. legal system.

Complete Collection

Only ProQuest makes available a complete collection of numbered and unnumbered Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-present, including those that are published in the Federal Register and cumulated annually in Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations plus many, many others

For Legal Researchers and Academic Researchers

Ideal for legal researchers and main library academic researchers interested in U.S. History, Presidential Powers, Public Lands, Military History, Native American Studies, Administrations of Specific Presidents, the New Deal, Foreign Relations, and more.

From Key Archives, Government Offices, and Libraries

This authoritative collection was created on a document-by-document basis from key archives, government offices, and libraries in consultation with archivists and librarians.

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Easily and Quickly Locate Specific Orders

Allows researchers to easily and quickly locate specific orders by Presidential Administration, subject, agency, and/or document number. Fully searchable PDFs.

Rich Metadata

Editorial value-add creates rich metadata, including annotations and harmonized subject indexing. Also includes date; Administration; official series numbers; Federal Register citation; personal names; organizations; geographic locations; special indexing for orders concerning public lands; Federal agency names; links to earlier and subsequent affected orders and related orders, and more.

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