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WikiProject United States Executive Orders

WikiProject United States Executive Orders is a project started in order to improve the collection of United States presidential executive order documentation.

Participants edit

Indexes edit

Current Table of Indexes of scanned volumes and their status.

Manual of Style edit

Also See Discussion Page

Article Naming edit

  • Executive Order (contiguous numbering scheme - 1 to 99999).

Article Formatting edit

Still to be finalized.
  • BOT conversion of standard header template to custom pending as of 12/10/2009.   Done
All existing EOs using custom EO header ( see below ) as of July 2010.
  • Signature Images - Various images of the Presidents' handwritten signatures. Follow the linked images to existing Executive Orders from there for examples of use.

Templates edit

  • {{Potus-eo}} − Executive Order header template.

  • Takes the usual article header and customizes it for use with EO's specifically.
    • Inserts a citation bar before blue note field found in most of the standard header templates that is utilized just for the signing date and/or the page and date the EO was actually published in the Federal Register (can be overriden manually).
    • automatically figures out which President created the Executive Order just by inputing the EO# and then creates both an external link to a government listing to verify title, dates, citation info, etc. and an internal link to the Wikilist page of the EO's for that particular President (works from FDR to Obama Administrations} and places it in the new citation bar.
    • automatically adds the correct [[Executive orders of {{Year}}]] category at the end based on signing date info given.
See the template's documentation for all available parameters/details.

Categorization edit

  • Final yet to be determined - the Potus-eo header template automatically adds the 2 basic ones covering authorship of type (Executive Order document) and year created.

Linking edit

  • Wikify important document names to link to the appropriate wikisource document by placing them in brackets, especially other executive order documents, even if currently redlinked.

To do edit

Related or Useful pages edit

External links edit

  • Presidential Executive Orders
  • Two volumes, both sponsored by the W.P.A. Historical Records Survey, edited by Clifford L. Lord, and made available in 1944. These books do not contain any full Executive Orders as issued by the various Presidents and should be primarily used for cross-referencing and verification purposes only against more current EO indicies since the title names or number designations may no longer correspond with current listings.
  • Volume I, listing all numbered executive orders through the end of 1938 (EO 8030), giving a brief synopsis of each and, for some, references of other publications where the text may be found. It also contains a short history of executive orders.
  • Volume II is a subject index of all the EOs listed in the first volume, useful for finding orders related to each other.
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • United States Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • Compilation of Presidential Documents (1993 to Present)
  • Federal Register (1994 to Present)
  • List of CFR Sections Affected (1997 to Present)
  • Public and Private Laws (104th Congress to Present)
  • ... and a few other databases with more to be added thru the end of 2009
  • All the orginal content currently being converted to FDsys.
  • Contains the same databases as in FDsys above plus many more.
  • Searching/Browsing is more flexible but much of the content is only available as plain text.
  • The American Presidency Project
  • JURIS database
  • j0130_07.sgml (147K) − EO 9917 (December 31, 1947) EO 9978 (July 17, 1948)All EOs within are hosted on WS
  • j0130_06.sgml (2MB) − EO 9979 (July 20, 1948) EO 10339 (April 5, 1952)
  • j0130_05.sgml (2MB) − EO 10340 (April 8, 1952) EO 10849 (November 27, 1959)
  • j0130_04.sgml (2MB) − EO 10850 (November 27, 1959) EO 11287 (June 28, 1966)
  • j0130_03.sgml (2MB) − EO 11288 (July 2, 1966) EO 11834 (January 15, 1975)
  • j0130_02.sgml (2MB) − EO 11835 (January 27, 1975) EO 12327 (October 1, 1981)
  • j0130_01.sgml (2MB) − EO 12328 (October 8, 1981) EO 12863 (September 13, 1993)All EOs within are hosted on WS
  • HathiTrust
HathiTrust is putting a number of books online, originally from the University of Michigan but now joined by other libraries. They have many U.S. Government works visible which are not visible on Google Books (in some cases they have the Google Books scan). Supplementary publications include:


Years Procs. EOs Cat Dwnld
1936-1938 2161-2286  7316- 7905 URL
1938-1943 2287-2587  7906- 9347 URL PDF
1943-1948 2588-2823  9348-10025 URL PDF
1949-1953 2824-3041 10026-10510 URL PDF
1954-1958 3042-3265 10511-10797 URL PDF
1959-1963 3266-3565 10798-11134 URL PDF
1964-1965 3566-3694 11135-11263 URL PDF
1966-1970 3695-4025 11264-11574 URL PDF
1971-1975 4026-4411 11575-11893 URL
1976 4412-4480 11894-11949 URL PDF
1977 4481-4543 11950-12032 URL
1978 4544-4631 12033-12110 URL PDF
1979 4632-4709 12111-12187 URL PDF
1980 4710-4812 12188-12260 URL
1981 4813-4889 12261-12336 URL
1982 4890-5008 12337-12399 URL
1983 5009-5142 12400-12456 URL
1984 5143-5291 12457-12497 URL
1985 5292-5424 12498-12542 URL
1986 5425-5595 12543-12579 URL
1987 5596-5759 12580-12622 URL
1988 5760-5928 12623-12662 URL
1989 5929-6084 12663-12698 URL


Year Procs. EOs Cat Dwnld
1954 3042-3079 10511-10584 URL PDF
1955 3080-3121 10585-10649 URL PDF
1956 3022-3166 10650-10693 URL PDF
1957 3167-3215 10694-10746 URL PDF
1958 3216-3265 10747-10797 URL PDF
1959 3266-3329 10798-10856 URL PDF
1960 3330-3387 10857-10899 URL PDF
1961 3388-3442 10900-10981 URL PDF
1962 3443-3510 10982-11071 URL PDF
1963 3511-3565 11072-11134 URL PDF
1964 3566-3632 11135-11190 URL PDF
1965 3633-3694 11191-11263 URL PDF
1966 3695-3758 11264-11321 URL PDF
1967 3759-3822 11322-11385 URL PDF
1968 3823-3883 11386-11441 URL PDF
1969 3884-3951 11442-11503 URL PDF
1970 3952-4025 11504-11574 URL PDF
1971 4026-4099 11575-11638 URL PDF
1972 4100-4176 11639-11693 URL PDF
1973 4177-4257 11694-11754 URL PDF
1974 4258-4339 11755-11826 [1]URL [1]PDF
1975 4340-4411 11827-11893 [2]URL [2]PDF
1  Incorrectly cataloged as the 1974 Compilation.
2  Incorrectly cataloged as the 1975 Compilation.
Starting with 1976, Title 3 compilations also include regulations contained in Chapter I, Executive Office of the President. They were thereafter issued as single-year volumes instead of covering multiple years in one volume. The compilations are a common source reference for Executive Orders issued since 1936.

  • CIS Index to Presidential Executive Orders & Proclamations, Part I (1789 - 1921) The CIS Index was a comprehensive listing of all executive orders that could be found as of 1983. It was published in two parts (1789 - 1921, and 1921 - 1983). Part I had ten volumes, a few which were bibliographic data of all orders, and others being various indexes of the orders. It was accompanied by a microfiche collection with the full text of all the orders. HathiTrust has four volumes of Part I:
  • Panama Canal Record The Canal Record printed matter, including executive orders, of interest to Canal Zone residents. 1907-1922 volumes are visible.
  • ... probably quite a few more.

  • Table lists of Public Land Orders giving the designated PLO No., the signature date, FR publication volume & page and a brief subject description for each issuance (many giving clues to any EOs being affected in the process)
  • Covers PLOs from June 20, 1942 to June 4, 1998
  • Range is PLO No. 1 to PLO No. 7342

Public Land Orders

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Table of Public Land Orders, 1942-1950 PDF | More
Table of Public Land Orders, 1951-1960 PDF | More
Table of Public Land Orders, 1961-1970 PDF | More
Table of Public Land Orders, 1971-1980 PDF | More
Table of Public Land Orders, 1981-1990 PDF | More
Table of Public Land Orders, 1991–1998 PDF | More

  • A separate copy is here; it also includes yearly listings from 1998 to 2010.

  • Recent listing of what is available in the Collection.
  • Collection of EOs from 1961 through 1998, plus some dating back to 1789.
  • Nearly all come complete with source url, original text, and amendments when available.
  • Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
  • Prior to 1905, the "President of the United States" section in the catalog only included proclamations and a few other items (marked here in gray). After that, executive orders sometimes began to be listed along with their subject and a quick summary, sometimes (but not always) including the signing dates. Consistent inclusion of dates begin in July 1908, and in January 1909 the executive order and proclamation numbers began to be listed, meaning it is a useful resource to correlate executive order numbers and dates. Some orders, especially those at the end of a month, are listed in the next month's chapter (and sometimes two months later). The following is a table which links to each month's President section in scanned versions of the catalog which have been uploaded to There are more years, but starting with 1937, the executive order information is easier to find on the National Archives sites, listed above.
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1905 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1906 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1907 J F M A M J J S O N D
1908 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1909 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1910 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1911 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1912 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1913 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1914 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1915 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1916 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1917 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1918 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1919 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1920 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1921 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1922 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1923 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1924 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1925 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1926 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1927 J F M A M J J A S O N
1928 J F M J J A S O N D
1929 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1930 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1931 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1932 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1933 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1934 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1935 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1936 J F M A M J J A S O N D
1937 J F M A M J J A S O N D

… add 'em if you got 'em