Presidential Speech Archive

Presidential Speech Archive

The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history. These speeches all have transcripts, and some are available in their entirety in audio or video.

You'll find transcripts of 21 of George Washington's speeches (including his August 29, 1796 Talk to the Cherokee Nation), audio recordings beginning with FDR's 1933 First Inaugural Address, and video starting in 1960 with John F. Kennedy's Acceptance of the Democratic Party Nomination.

Look at the word cloud on the right-hand side of each page to see a fascinating shift in key words across more than two centuries of addresses to the American people.