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More than 29,000 cubic feet or 70 million pages of textual materials are housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and include Presidential records from the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Examples of Presidential records are the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM), the White House Staff Member Office Files (SMOF), and the records created by The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (The WMD Commission). Staff Member Office Files include collections such as the National Security Council, the White House Counsel's Office, and the Domestic Policy Council and include staff members such as Condoleezza Rice, Brett Kavanaugh, and Karl Rove.

View the Digitized Records and Finding Aids for open records currently available for research. Finding Aids can include information about extent or linear feet, access, series, administrative or biographical history, scope and content note, system of arrangement, container list (folder title list), and other pertinent details.

We encourage researchers to contact the George W. Bush Presidential Library before making a research visit.  See the Plan a Research Visit page for further information. 

President George W. Bush meets with Andy Card, Karl Rove, and Karen Hughes in the Oval Office of the White House on December 20, 2001.

These records consist of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on specific topics or records.

President George W. Bush sits with staff in Oval Office

This collection consists of Presidential records from White House Staff Member Office Files (SMOF), 2001-2009, who served in the administration of President George W. Bush.

White House with flag at half mast in the wake 9/11/2001

The White House Office of Records Management (ORM) manages the office files of individual White House staff members as well as administration records. 

Neil M. Gorsuch 10th Circuit

These records relate to the appointment and nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and his consideration for any other position within the George W. Bush Administration.

President George W. Bush looks on as Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia during a ceremony, June 1, 2006, in the Rose Garden.

The records below relate to Brett M. Kavanaugh's service in the White House Counsel's Office and the White House Office of the Staff Secretary under the Administration of President George W. Bush.

On September 15, 2001,  President George W. Bush confers with his National Security Council at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland. Pictured from left are: Vice President Dick Cheney; Colin Powell, Secretary of State; Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; and Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

In addition to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, records may be released via a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR). View MDRs that are open and available to view online.

President Bush speaks to Karen Hughes in the Oval Office.

Unlike Presidential records, donated historical materials are deposited by individuals or organizations, and are governed by deeds of gift. View donated records that have been processed and are available for research. 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signs a book in the White House

 The Public Papers of the Presidents are bound volumes of the President’s public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. 


The Presidential records from the Administration of George W. Bush are being processed systematically and by request under the terms of the Presidential Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).