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The primary mission of every Presidential Library is providing information, and at the heart of that mission are the Library’s archival collections. The Bush Library has an immense set of materials. 

First, what differentiates the Bush Library collections from earlier presidential libraries is the size of its electronic records archive. The Library has 80 terabytes of electronic information, including 200 million emails. If these emails were printed, they would total more than 1 billion pages.

Second, the textual collection consists of roughly 70 million pages of paper records. This collection includes not only Bush’s presidential records but also his gubernatorial records, which the Library holds in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Third, the audiovisual archive is enormous with about 30,000 audiovisual recordings, 227 cubic feet of photo negatives, and just over 3.8 million photographs. The Bush administration converted to digital photography in 2005, so this presidential library has many more photographs than any of its predecessors.

This immense volume of materials provides a wonderful resource for research, but also poses a challenge for the National Archives. For example, due to the volume of electronic records, when researchers were first permitted to make Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to view Bush presidential records in January 2014, more records were requested within the first week than have been processed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 25 years!

President George W. Bush reviews documents in the Oval Office

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President Bush reviews troops with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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George W. Bush Presidential library

2943 SMU Boulevard Dallas, TX 75205

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Research Room Hours

Monday - Friday by appointment only,

9:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 


Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Federal holidays 


We do not give tours of the Library's Research Room and non-public areas of the facility.


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Before Your Visit

Please contact the Library via email or telephone (214-346-1557) before making a research visit to schedule an appointment, so staff are better prepared to assist you. Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance if wishing to visit. Monday appointments must be scheduled no later than the Thursday prior.

We highly encourage you to complete your virtual orientation before booking travel to ensure there are open materials regarding your topic available for research.

The bullhorn President George W. Bush used to speak to the first responders working at Ground Zero when he visited New York City on September 14, 2001.

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