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June 6, 1996

Library of Congress Publishes New Bibliography On U.S. Presidents

The Library of Congress has recently published Presidents of the United States --Their Written Measure: A Bibliography. It was compiled by James Sayler, a specialist in American National Government with the Library's Congressional Research Service.

Consisting of approximately 1,900 entries, the bibliography begins with books about the presidency -- ranging from presidential elections and inaugurations to the history of the office and statistical information about the presidency.

The heart of the 216-page book, however, consists of entries about all 41 presidents. The entries begin by listing recent and classic biographies and period studies about each president and his administration. The second part of each entry includes the president's published papers (with the current status of continuing presidential papers projects), as well as works he has written, collections of his writings, and transcripts of what he has said.

As Presidents of the United States -- Their Written Measure makes clear, some presidents have written a great deal (such as Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Richard Nixon) while others such as William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge have published very little. The book is illustrated with a contemporary portrait or photograph of each president, all but two of which were drawn from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Resources used for the compilation of this book include standard bibliographies on the presidency as well as surveys of historical authorities on the presidents and their periods and the collections of the Library of Congress.

Presidents of the United States is available for $19 from the Library of Congress Sales Shop or it can be ordered from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. When ordering, cite stock number 030-001-00165-2. Credit card orders are taken at (202) 783-3238 and fax orders at (202) 512-2250.

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PR 96-86
ISSN 0731-3527

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