presidential record

n. an official record of the Office of the President of the United States, especially as defined in law  an official record created by any president of any nation or organization


After the Presidential Records Act went into effect in 1981, the archives profession, as well as the national media, began to use the term “presidential records” in place of “presidential papers” to refer to official records created and received by the President of the United States. This change in usage specifically recognized that these records were no longer considered the personal papers of the President by official records of the United States government belonging to all the citizens of the country.