Unlike traditional libraries, the Presidential Libraries preserve and make available to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials of U.S. Presidents since Herbert Hoover. Each library also maintains a museum offering a wide variety of informational public activity programs.
Through their informative web sites, and extensive educational and public programs, the Presidential Libraries present vast archives of documents and museums full of important presidential artifacts. The Presidential Libraries give you the chance to see, hear, and participate in the events that changed our lives and made us who we are as a nation.
Herbert Hoover Library (West Branch, Iowa)"To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. It must believe in the future. It must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgment in creating their own future." - Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 30, 1941.
The Hoover Library & Museum enables visitors to experience for themselves the many sides of Iowa's only president.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, New York)
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is America's first presidential library -- and the only one used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under President Roosevelt's direction and opened to the public in 1941.
Harry S. Truman Library (Independence, Missouri)
The Harry S. Truman Library, the first Presidential Library to be created under the provisions of the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act, was established to preserve the papers, books, and other historical materials relating to former President Harry S. Truman.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Library (Abilene, Kansas)
Collecting and preserving the history of General of the Army and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the times in which he lived.
John F. Kennedy Library (Boston, Massachusetts)
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.
Lyndon B. Johnson Library (Austin, Texas)
"It is all here: the story of our time with the bark off. This Library will show the facts, not just the joy and triumphs, but the sorrow and failures, too." - Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon Library (College Park, Maryland and Yorba Linda, California)
The College Park location contains Nixon Presidential Materials (textual, photographs, sound and moving images) and Nixon White House Tapes. In Yorba Linda, you'll find Nixon pre- and post-presidential materials, museum, birthplace, and presidential helicopter exhibits.
Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum (Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan)
The Gerald R. Ford Library collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public a rich body of archival materials on U.S. domestic issues, foreign relations, and political affairs during the Cold War era.
Jimmy Carter Library (Atlanta, Georgia)
The archives is a repository of approximately 27 million pages of Jimmy Carter's White House material, papers of administration associates, including documents, memoranda, correspondence, etc. There are also 1/2 million photographs, and hundreds of hours film, audio and video tape.
Ronald Reagan Library (Simi Valley, California)
Holdings include 50 million pages of presidential documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film and tens of thousands of audio and video tapes.
George H. W. Bush Library (College Station, Texas)
Over 40,000,000 pages of holdings document the Vice Presidency and Presidency of George H. W. Bush (1981-1993).
William J. Clinton Library (Little Rock, Arkansas)
The mission of the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is to advance the understanding of twentieth century United States history, the institution of the presidency and the American political system as a whole through the study of the life, career and presidential administration of William J. Clinton.
George W. Bush Library (Lewisville, Texas)
The George W. Bush Library also has an extensive audiovisual collection containing photographs and videotapes, as well as an extensive artifact collection containing presidential domestic and foreign gifts.
The Presidential Library network is administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, a branch of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), located in College Park, MD.