Presidential Records

Support to the White House

The White House Liaison Division, part of Legislative Archives, Presidential Libraries, and Museum Services, regularly works with the White House on matters relating to presidential transitions, public releases of presidential records, and records management questions.

Presidential Transitions

The National Archives plays a key role in the transfer of textual, electronic, audiovisual records, and artifacts from the White House at the end of a presidential administration. 

Public Record Release Notifications

The National Archives coordinates notifications to the former and incumbent Presidents when it proposes to publicly release presidential records, and makes the notification available to the public pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 2208(a)(1)(B).

Records Management in the White House

The National Archives provides the incumbent administration with records management guidance and assistance with transferring presidential records based on its institutional knowledge and expertise. The National Archives has no authority to enforce records management within the White House.