Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum are closed, websites and social media are not being updated or monitored, and activities are canceled, with the following exceptions which remain open and operational: Federal Records Centers, Federal Register, the Ronald Reagan Museum, and the George W. Bush Museum.
View the NARA Contingency Plan for Agency Operations During Funding Lapse for more information.
All Bush presidential records as well as the vice presidential records of George Bush and Dan Quayle are/were administered in accordance with the requirements of the 1978 Presidential Records Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. Chapter 22). and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C., as amended).
The Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) require archivists to restrict certain types of information. At the George Bush Presidential Library, we have created codes to represent different types of restricted information. You will find these codes on a sheet placed in then open file (available to researchers) in the former location of withheld material. An explanation of the codes is as follows:
Please note that the restrictions contained in the Presidential Records Act apply for twelve years after the end of the administration. Therefore, the PRA restrictions governing release of George Bush presidential records and Dan Quayle vice presidential records will expire on 20 January 2005. The PRA restrictions for the George H.W. Bush vice presidential records expired on 20 January 2001.
FOIA restrictions will remain in place for an indefinite period of time. Also, please note that FOIA restriction F-5 (release would disclose confidential advice between the president and his advisors, or between such advisors) does not apply to presidential records.