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George H. W. Bush: A Resource Guide

Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to George Bush
Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to George Bush on the west front of the U.S. Capitol, with Dan Quayle and Barbara Bush looking on.
Architect of the Capitol; January 20, 1989.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:
LC-USZC4-7722

Digital Collections

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including George H. W. Bush's inauguration on January 20, 1989.

Vietnam-Era Prisoner-of-War/Missing-in-Action Database

This database of over 160,000 records is designed to assist researchers in accessing U.S. Government documents pertaining to U.S. unaccounted-for military personnel from the Vietnam conflict as of December 1991.

Congress.gov

Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Congress.gov includes the daily editions of the Congressional Record from 1989-1994 (101st to 103rd Congresses), which can be browsed from the Congressional Record Archive. The Congressional Record from this time period contains the following addresses delivered by George H. W. Bush:

Search Congress.gov to find legislation passed during the Bush administration, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990.

Exhibitions

Cartoon America

Presents selections from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature, including a political cartoon related to Bush.

Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium

Presents works by cartoonist Herb Block, who chronicled the nation’s political history and caricatured twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. Political cartoons related to George H. W. Bush and his administration can be found in the Presidents section and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice section.

Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

This exhibit draws from the personal papers, joke files, films, radio and television broadcasts, and other materials donated to the Library of Congress by Bob Hope and his family. It contains an undated photograph of Vice President George H. W. Bush, Bob Hope, and President Ronald Reagan, and a letter from President George H. W. Bush to Bob Hope, January 21, 1991.

Oliphant’s Anthem: Pat Oliphant at the Library of Congress

Commemorates the Library’s acquisition of sixty cartoon drawings, sketchbooks, and illustrations by one of America’s foremost editorial cartoonists. The exhibit includes a political cartoon of President-elect Bush dated December 7, 1988.

Prints & Photographs

Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive

Carol Highsmith, a distinguished and richly-published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. The archive contains thirty-two images related to George H. W. Bush, including many from his inauguration.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

Search the Library's collections of prints and photographs to find images related to Bush and his presidency.

A selection of highlights includes:

Recorded Sound Research Center

Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989

Since 1932, the National Press Club has hosted luncheon gatherings that have allowed presidents, visiting world leaders, and other leading personages to address the press and answer questions about pressing current affairs. In 1969, the Press Club donated to the Library of Congress audiotapes of talks they had been recording since 1952, a collection that has grown to nearly 2,000 recordings. The Library has made available online talks by some of its most important luncheon speakers, including eight U.S. presidents.

  • George H. W. Bush, March 20, 1981 - Two months after Ronald Reagan assumed the presidency, his vice president, George H. W. Bush (b. 1924), spoke at the National Press Club to a luncheon gathering of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press of America.

Today in History

January 6, 1945

On January 6, 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush, on leave from active duty in World War II, married former Smith College student Barbara Pierce.

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