The George W. Bush Presidential Library, the nation's thirteenth presidential library, is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It is temporarily located in Lewisville, Texas. The permanent Presidential Center will be located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.
The George W. Bush Library holds millions of pages of official records documenting the two-term administration (2001-2009) of the nation's forty-third president. In addition to these textual records, the Library will also receive millions of electronic records through NARA’s Electronic Record Archives (ERA). The George W. Bush Library also has an extensive audiovisual collection containing photographs and videotapes, as well as an extensive artifact collection containing presidential domestic and foreign gifts.
This page contains links to historic materials, including a "snapshot" of the White House.gov web site from the end of President George W. Bush's administration. There are also answers to questions that visitors to this site may have concerning the George W. Bush Presidential Library. If more detailed information is needed, please feel free to contact the library.
News and Events
“Breaking New Ground: Presenting the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” a temporary exhibition featuring artifacts, documents and photographs from the Bush Library, will be exhibited at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from October 23, 2010 through February 6, 2011. Presented in collaboration with the Bush Foundation, this exhibit will give visitors information on the partners that comprise the Bush Center, the Bush Library and the Bush Institute, and will introduce them to the features of the future Bush Center facility, including renderings, floor plans and an architectural model of the Center.
The Groundbreaking was November 16, 2010. View the press kit.
Historic Links - Archived Web Sites from the Bush Administration
Frequently Asked Questions
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a federal agency, and does not personally handle autograph requests for the President. The Library is not accepting copies of Decision Points for President Bush to sign. Any books sent to the Library will not be returned.
For information about the President’s book and any associated events, please visit the website established by Random House Publishing at www.georgewbush.com. Information will be added to this site as it becomes available.
How do I write to President George W. Bush?
Please send all correspondence, including requests for congratulatory or retirement letters, to the following address:
Office of George W. Bush
P.O. Box 259000
Dallas, TX 75225-9000
When can I visit the George W. Bush Library and Museum?
Our temporary facility in Lewisville, Texas, is not open to the public. Groundbreaking for our permanent facility at Southern Methodist University will take place in November 2010, and we anticipate that the facility will be dedicated and opened to the public in 2013. Watch this site for progress updates as the Bush Library and Museum is being built.
When will the George W. Bush records be available for research?
The George W. Bush Presidential records are governed by the Presidential Records Act (PRA). Under the provisions of the PRA, George W. Bush Presidential records are not available to public access requests for the first five years after the end of the Administration. George W. Bush Presidential records will become subject to Freedom of Information Act requests on January 20, 2014.
Where can I find materials from George W. Bush’s gubernatorial years?
Currently, the Texas State Library and Archives houses the official records documenting George W. Bush’s years as governor of Texas (1995-2000).
Are there exhibits open to the public at the temporary library site?
At this time, there are no plans to exhibit items at the George W. Bush Presidential Library site in Lewisville, Texas.
Where can I find information about the George W. Bush Presidential Center Foundation?
The Foundation can be contacted at:
Who should I contact if I am interested in Vice President Richard B. “Dick” Cheney’s official records?
Vice President Richard B. “Dick” Cheney’s records are housed at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. These records will be available, subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act beginning January 20, 2014. For more information on the records of the Vice President Cheney, please contact the Presidential Materials Staff at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. at:
Presidential Materials Staff
National Archives and Records Administration
Washington, DC 20408-001
How can I find out about employment opportunities at the George W. Bush Presidential Library?
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is part of the Presidential Libraries System administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), an independent federal agency. Information about Presidential Libraries Careers, Internships and Volunteering opportunities is located at:
- Presidential Libraries Employment Opportunities
- Presidential Libraries Internship Opportunities
- Presidential Libraries Volunteer Opportunities
Job listings are also posted on USAJOBS.