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Library of Congress Web Sites
“I Do Solemnly Swear...” Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress
The physical exhibition was on view at the Library of Congress from January 8, 2005-April 8, 2005. In this special presentation are more than forty items including photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches. Eighteen presidents are featured in the display, from George Washington to John F. Kennedy.
Inaugurations: Stepping into History
Discover what inauguration ceremonies over the centuries can teach us about our changing nation and the leaders who have shaped it. This site on the Teachers Page is designed for students in grades 5 through 12.
Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents
Whether it be the anguished love poems of a youthful George Washington, the religious poetry of John Quincy Adams, the melancholy verse of Abraham Lincoln, or the sturdy, plainspoken poems of Jimmy Carter, many presidents of the United States have turned to poetry at certain points in their lives as an outlet for their feelings and thoughts, or to explore the resources of the English language. Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents is a guide to the poetic endeavors of U.S. presidents.
Presidential Elections, 1789 to 1920: Resource Guides
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a large selection of primary source materials associated with presidential elections from 1789 to 1920, including manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, prints, photographs, sheet music, sound recordings, films, and newspaper articles. These resource guides compile digital materials that are available throughout the Library’s Web site.
Presidential Inaugurations: A Selected List of References
Compiled by Ruth S. Freitag, Bibliography and Reference Correspondence Section at the Library of Congress, this bibliography serves as a guide to information on inaugural ceremonies and festivities from 1789 to 1969. Although the emphasis is on books, parts of books, and periodical articles, many items from newspapers are also cited.
Presidents of the United States: Resource Guides
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a large selection of primary source materials associated with the presidents of the United States, including manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, prints, photographs, sheet music, sound recordings, and films. The presidential resource guides compile digital materials that are available throughout the Library’s Web site.
Presidents of the United States: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress
These images were selected to meet requests regularly received by the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
External Web Sites
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
This site is an online exhibition from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. It presents images of historic items from the exhibition, as well as biographical information on each president, student activities, and resources for teachers.
The American Presidency Project
The American Presidency Project compiles presidential documents and papers from 1789 to the present into a single searchable database. The site also contains the full-text of every presidential inaugural address from George Washington to the present.
American President: A Reference Resource
This site created by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia provides a series of biographical essays on every president and their administration. In addition, a brief biographical essay is presented for each first lady and cabinet member. It also includes presidential facts, key events, selected speeches, images, and links to related Web sites.
Architect of the Capitol: Inaugurations
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) presents key historic dates and details for every presidential inauguration from 1789 to the present.
C-Span: American Presidents: Life Portraits
This Web site, created as a companion to C-SPAN's 20th anniversary television series, provides an in-depth look at each of the presidents, their lives, families and administrations. The site contains the C-SPAN video series profiling the careers of the first forty-two presidents.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is responsible for the planning and execution of the swearing-in ceremonies and the luncheon for the Inauguration of the President of the United States at the U.S. Capitol. The site contains facts, firsts, and precedents for past inaugurations, as well as transcripts of each inaugural address.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Presidential Libraries
This page provides direct links to each of the presidential libraries that are administered by NARA. It also presents a compilation of Web sites and guides that can be used to research presidential materials, including inaugurations.
The Senate's collection of inaugural ephemera and historic objects, while not comprehensive, includes a wide range of invitations, tickets, programs, seating charts, police badges, ribbons, credentials, historic engravings, and other memorabilia related to the varied proceedings and traditions of the Presidential Inaugurations and luncheons held at the U.S. Capitol.
The White House
The White House Web site has sections devoted to the biographies of the presidents and first ladies and a history of the White House.