By the Numbers: Presidents’ Day

Stats about the books, libraries and collections that recognize our nation’s leaders

January 3, 2023

An image of a tape recorder used to tape conversations at the White House during the Nixon administration and now belongs to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
Photo: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

Presidents’ Day is February 20 

Year Congress passed the Presidential Libraries Act, establishing the Presidential Library System. Before that, many presidents’ archives were lost, destroyed, or separated.

Number of copies of Barack Obama’s 2020 memoir, A Promised Land, that sold in the US and Canada within the first day of publication—a record for publisher Penguin Random House.

Square footage of the John F. Kennedy Library. The library, located in Boston, is the Presidential Library System’s largest in terms of area.

Number of Pulitzer Prizes awarded for biographies written about presidents. The most recent was 2011’s Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.

Number of reels that make up the notorious Nixon White House Tapes collection held by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. As of 2018, the entire collection had been digitized.

Number of books housed at the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio. The library is part of the First Ladies National Historic Site, located at and around the family home of former First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley.


Four members of the US Army on an airfield

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This movie poster is one of 3,000 items in the Witchcraft Collection at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Photo courtesy of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

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