Presidential Libraries

Presidential Libraries Classified Papers and Records

Presidential papers and records are among the highest-level foreign policy documents in the federal government and are of great historical value. 

Presidential Libraries hold in excess of:

  • 30 million pages of textual classified materials
  • 1,000 rolls of classified microfilm from the Franklin D. Roosevelt through George W. Bush Presidential administrations
  • 3 terabytes of classified electronic records

The Presidential Libraries also hold the papers of Presidential staff such as those of the National Security Advisor and others on the National Security Council staff.  

The Presidential Materials Division in Washington, D.C. holds the records for Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. 

Declassifying these documents and making them publicly available is an important function of the Presidential Libraries and Materials staffs.