Welcome to the main page of the Audiovisual Archives at the George Bush Presidential Library. Below, you will find a small sampling of photographs from the library's collection. Presently, the Bush Library houses more than 2,000,000 still photos, 10,000 video tapes, and 1,000 audio tapes that focus on George Bush's career as Vice President (1981-1989) and President (1989-1993). A limited number of photos documenting Mr. Bush's public service and family life prior to 1981 are also available. The Audiovisual Archives also contains photos of Barbara Bush during Mr. Bush's years as Vice President and President.
Although no appointment is necessary to conduct on-site research in the Audiovisual Archives, we recommend that you contact us to make an appointment prior to conducting research. Research room hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. If you notify us prior to your arrival, we will make every effort to have your items ready when you arrive.
The White House TV Guide to Holdings summarizes the video collection available for research in the Audiovisual Archives. While some material is available for research, we strongly urge prospective researchers to contact the Bush Library Audiovisual Archives to discuss their research topic and the availability of specific documents before they arrive to conduct research.
The Finding Aids are guides to researching processed (and available) records at the George Bush Presidential Library. Bush Presidential, Bush Vice Presidential, and Quayle Vice Presidential records are governed by the provisions of the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. 2201-2207 and the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). Therefore, records may be restricted in whole or in part because they fall within the restrictive categories of the Presidential Records Act or are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. For further information on the availability of the records and audiovisual materials, please contact the Audiovisual Archives.
These contact sheets represent 35mm photo negatives in the holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Audiovisual Archives. While researchers may request any photo represented in the contact sheets, it is important to note that not every photo has been digitized from negative, and that some are restricted (see paragraph below). To request a photo (see schedule of fees below), simply identify the photo using the contact sheet number (P number at the bottom of the page) and the frame number (number directly below the photo, and closest to center). For example, the first frame from the third contact sheet would be P00003-01A (some exceptions apply, as in the case of over-sized photos).
Like other types of records, Bush Presidential, Bush Vice Presidential, and Quayle Vice Presidential contact sheets are governed by the provisions of the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. 2201-2207 and the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). Therefore, records may be restricted in whole or in part (withdrawn or redacted) because they fall within the restrictive categories of the Presidential Records Act or are exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. For further information on the availability of the records and audiovisual materials, please contact the Audiovisual Archives.
When ordering photos or video you see on this website, please provide the photo and/or master tape number(s), event date(s), and any other information relevant to the materials you are requesting.
Photo numbers are included with the photo captions on this website, and the master tape numbers for videos are located on the title screen at the beginning of videos. If you are unable to locate a master tape or photo number, please contact us.
While most of the materials on the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Audiovisual Archives website are in the public domain, and may be used freely, giving credit to: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum do not have legal authority to rule on questions of copyright. Those desiring to reproduce materials bear the responsibility of making individualized determinations as to whether intellectual property or other types of rights are implicated by the nature of the materials and how they may wish to use such materials. Please contact Library staff for the most up to date information on record provenance and creator(s).
All AV orders must be paid in advance in US Dollars
All AV orders must be paid in advance in US Dollars, and we prefer credit cards (please include name on card, mailing address for the credit card statement, 3- or 4-digit security code, and expiration date). Payment may also be made by cash, US postal money order or check made payable to the Bush Library Trust Fund.
PLEASE ALLOW 2 WEEKS FOR REGULAR DELIVERY. Special handling fees (FedEx, UPS, etc.) apply when a customer requests such services and are the financial responsibility of the customer.
All fees subject to change without notice