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  • Nixon Presidential textual materials are processed in accordance with the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act (PRMPA) and its implementing regulations.  [See Also:  Federal Regulations]

  • Federal Records are not subject to the provisions of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (PRMPA), but are governed by Executive Order 13526, and the Privacy Act.  [See Also:  Executive Order 13526]

  • Donated Materials are processed in accordance with Deeds of Gift.

Donor Deeds of Gift

Individuals who own materials that, in the judgment of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), would enhance the current existing collection, may donate their personal papers to the Nixon Staff to become part of the collection.

  • Donors are required to sign a deed of gift that gives legal custody of the materials to the NARA.

  • Deeds of gift also give the donor some rights to apply restrictions to access for these materials. These restrictions are spelled out specifically in the deed and can vary for each different donation.

  • Standard deed restrictions state that papers and other historical materials are restricted if:
    • the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or a libel of a living person
    • the materials are specifically authorized under criteria established by statute or Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy, and are in fact properly classified pursuant to such statute or Executive order.

  • In most cases, materials donated to the Nixon Staff have few or no restrictions.

Researchers interested in donated collections should contact the Nixon Staff to determine if any restrictions exist.

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