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Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders


The Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders is an editorial codification prepared by the Office of the Federal Register and is not intended to be used as a definitive legal authority. It is published to provide in one convenient reference source proclamations and Executive orders with general applicability and continuing effect. This codification covers the period April 13, 1945, through January 20, 1989--a timespan encompassing the administrations of Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan--and replaces the previous volume, which covered the period January 20, 1961, through January 20, 1985. Proclamations and Executive orders issued before April 13, 1945, are included if they were amended or otherwise affected by documents issued during the 1945-1989 period.

Incorporated into the text of each codified proclamation and Executive order are all amendments which were in effect on January 20, 1989. The source of the basic document as well as each effective amendment is identified, including publication citations for the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. Also reflected are changes made by a document other than a proclamation or Executive order, such as a public law or Federal regulation.

The Codification does not include certain documents for which complete information for the same period is available from other sources. Examples are documents affecting public lands, the selective service system, and the Tariff Schedules of the United States. For further information on the selection of documents for this publication, see the editorial note to the Disposition Tables

The Codification is divided into 50 chapters representing broad subject areas similar to the title designations of the Code of Federal Regulations and the United States Code. Each proclamation and Executive order issued during the 1945-1989 period that has general applicability and continuing effect is assigned to an appropriate subject chapter. If a document relates to more than one subject, the most appropriate chapter is selected.

A special feature of the Codification is the Disposition Tables at the end of this volume. All proclamations and Executive orders issued during the 1945-1989 period are listed with their amendments, an indication of their current status, and chapter designations where applicable.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed by the Presidential Documents and Legislative Division, Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408. Phone, (202) 523-5230.

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