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President George W. Bush reads a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House.
President George W. Bush reads a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House on October 27, 2001. P9067-22.

President George W. Bush used the Presidential Briefing Papers as a guide for his working day. The packet of materials consists of schedules for each day, event memoranda, participant lists, agendas, and other documents related to the meetings and activities for that day. The President’s formal schedule for each day, a block schedule for the calendar month, and a narrative schedule for the immediate week ahead are included at the beginning of each packet. After being used, the records were gathered and organized by the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM). WHORM staff assigned a subject file code, FG001-07, and case file number for each day’s records. The Presidential Briefing Papers compliment the Presidential Daily Diary, where every action of the President is recorded in detail.

 

Resources

The following carefully selected resources, some of which are from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, provide further information about the Presidential Briefing Papers. 

Archival Research Guide

George W. Bush Presidential Library staff created a spreadsheet that identifies all the folders of the Presidential Briefing Papers that have been processed and released. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request number where the folder is located and, if available, a link to the digitized records in the National Archives Catalog are listed for each folder.

 

In addition, photo essays, Presidential Messages and Statements, press releases, and more from 2001 - 2009 are available through the archived White House Website.