Today is Election Day! It has been an unconventional and seemingly prolonged path to the White House, but we are now moments away from electing the 45th President of the United States. Given today's significance, we thought this might be an opportune time to highlight our U.S. Presidential Library.
Did you know HeinOnline has the most comprehensive collection of documents related to the Presidency in digital format?
HeinOnline's U.S. Presidential Library now contains more than 330 titles, 7,100 volumes, and 580,000 pages of content with titles such as: Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3 (Presidents), Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents. This library continues to grow with ongoing titles, as well as new titles added this past month!
The Compilation of Presidential Documents section contains comprehensive coverage of Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents and its predecessor, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. These are official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration.
The Messages and Papers section contains multiple editions of Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, including the most recent 22 volume set containing all Presidential papers, proclamations, addresses, messages and communications to Congress, beginning with George Washington and ending with Hebert Clark Hoover.
The Public Papers section contains the notable Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, beginning with Herbert Hoover and concluding with Barack Obama, as well as additional titles with select Presidents. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, and contain most of the President's public messages, speeches, statements and news conference remarks.
No matter the outcome of today's election, we can look forward the winner's first public act as President with their inaugural address on January 20th, 2017.
President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address is arguably one of the most famous inaugural addresses and historically significant speeches given in our country's history. With the Civil War nearing conclusion and the country in emotional and physical turmoil, Lincoln addressed his battered nation with less than 700 words on March 4th, 1865. The country's first and imminent assassination of President Lincoln would ensue just one month later on April 14th, 1865.
To locate Lincoln's second inaugural address:
Click the Advanced Search options inside the U.S. Presidential Library to expand search fields. Use the drop-drown menu to choose between Text, Title, Creator/Author, Description, and Date of your desired search terms. Be sure to enter phrases inside quotation marks, as shown by "second inaugural address":
Because we know the Messages and Papers include Presidential speeches dating back to George Washington, use the facets on the left to narrow your search results to only include results from Messages and Papers.
Click here to view the full text of the second inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln:
This election is one of the most important elections in history. While HeinOnline remains politically neutral, we encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote established by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.