Presidential Papers at the Library of Congress

Beginning with George Washington and ending with Calvin Coolidge, the Library of Congress holds the papers of twenty-three men who served the nation as U.S. president. These collections span the first one hundred and forty years of the presidency from Washington’s inauguration in 1789 to Coolidge’s departure from the White House in 1929. Diaries, letters, and other materials reveal the private and public lives of the presidents, their families, the administrations they fashioned, the challenges they faced, and the nation they led. Many collections span their lives before, during, and after their presidency.