Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

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First chartered in 1965 as the Library of Presidential Papers, it renamed itself the Center for the Study of the Presidency in 1969, going into research as well as reference functions: "past successes and failures of the Presidency and relates its findings to present challenges and opportunities." In 2009, it took the present title, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, to reflect
both the Executive and Legislative Branches are highly compartmentalized, which is the enemy of strategic thinking, action, and the best use of resources. In addition, the nation is polarized, even though public opinion polls show a desire to break down barriers and face our nation's real public policy issues. Lessons learned from past American experiences offer insights on how to deal with these challenges.[1]

The organization is nonpartisan, with four Presidents, from both parties, as honorary chairs.


  1. Who We Are, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress