The White House Office was established as one of the five divisions of the Executive Office of the President by an Executive order of September 8, 1939. Its function is to serve the President in the performance of the many detailed activities incident to his immediate Office. It included the Secretaries to the President, who facilitate and maintain communication with the Congress, the individual Members of the Congress, the heads of the executive departments and other agencies, the press, and the general public; the Staff's Secretary's Office, which provides for the orderly handling of the records of the White House Office and supervises all clarical services and procedures; and the Administrative Assistants to the President, who are his personal aides and assist him in such matters as he may direct.
Upon its establishment, the White House Office inherited the records from former Presidential administrations, exclusive of Presidential papers. The White House has retained an undetermined amount of the records. Most of the records relate to pardons, courts-martial, appointments, and liason with Congress.
There are related records in other record groups in the National Archives.
Papers and collections of former Presidents are in presidential libraries or other depositories.