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Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, 1789-present

Advanced Search Strategies

There are 3 search strategies detailed on this page using the Search by Number - Bibliographic Citations page.

  1. Searching by number (for a known EO or Proclamation number)
  2. Finding all materials issued within a particular year
  3. Searching by the Group Number

Searching by Number

search by publication numberTo search for a known Executive Order or Presidential Proclamation, go to the Search by Number - Bibliographic Cutations form, and uses the Publication Number search at the top of the page.

Use the pulldown for Type to select either EO (Executive Order) or PR (Presidential Proclamation). 

Finding all materials from a specific year

searching using accession numberTo see all Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations put out in a specific year, use the Accession Number field on the Search by Number - Bibliographic Citations form.   

In this collection, each document accession number starts with the publication year, so that formatting can be used. 

Type the information into the search box as follows: year,  dash, asterisk.  So in this example:  1875-*       When the results load, you will need to filter by document type. 

Searching by the Group Number

For this search strategy, it's helpful to understand the formatting of the accession number for the Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.

The accession number has 3 parts

  1. the year the material was issued,
  2. the group/source of the content, and
  3. the number within that group that year. 

So accession # 1864-17-771 (Pardon of Cpl. Samuel B. Ewing) was issued in 1864, and is part of group 17, and was the 771st item issued in that group in 1864.  (For more on the group/source, see the box below).

About the Accession Number

Using the Accession Number search (on the Search by Number - Bibliographic Citations page) you can search for the middle part of the accession number - the part that refers to the source.  Searching by accession number

In this example group 38 (Executive Orders Relating to Indian Reservations 1850-1892) is used.  [To see the list of available groups, click on the link below.]

Type the information into the search box as follows: dash, Source Group #, dash, asterisk.    So in this example  -38-* 

When the results load, you will need to filter by document type to eliminate most of the false hits. 

Accession number search resultsWith this result, you can see the source group displayed in the accession number field.

Note:  there will be some other materials retrieved with this search, but the majority of the results should be from this group.