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US Government Information

This guide is designed to assist researchers in gaining access to United States federal information available within the library’s collections and databases, and online.

2024 State Of The Union March 7, 2024

2024 State of the Union seating chart

2024 State Of The Union Seating Chart -- CNN

The formal basis for the State of the Union Address is from the U.S. Constitution: The President  “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.

History Of The State Of The Union: The Annual Message To Congress

handwritten page of George Washington's first annual address to Congress

George Washington's Frost Annual Address To Congress From The Library Of Congress

First radio broadcast of Message: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.1

First television broadcast of Message: President Harry Truman, 1947.

First televised evening delivery of Message: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.

First high definition television broadcast of Message: President George W. Bush, 2004.