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The Presidential historical materials of Michael P. Balzano are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note) and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal and private materials as well as nonhistorical items. Materials covered by the act have been archivally processed and described in this register.

  • Linear feet of materials:  3.3
  • Approximate number of pages:  8,000

Biographical Note

Michael Pasquale Balzano

November 6, 1935 Born, New Haven, Connecticut

1952 Dropped out of high school and became a refuse and garbage collector

1955 Apprentice lens grinder, American Optical Company, New Haven, Connecticut

1957 Returned to high school - night study

1961 Graduated high school

1966 Graduated University of Bridgeport magna cum laude - recipient of the Top Scholar Award, named Outstanding Senior

1971 Ph.D. in Political Philosophy, Georgetown University

1971 Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps

1971-1972 Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity

1972 Married Denice Wiews

February 1972-March 1973 White House Staff Assistant

1973-1976 Director, ACTION

1978 Resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Scope and Content Note

Michael P. Balzano, Jr. was a White House Staff Assistant from February 1972 through March 1973. He worked under Charles Colson on "blue-collar" and "white ethnic group" concerns. Balzano acted as a liaison between the Nixon Administration and various segments of the population, including labor, Catholics, Poles, Slovaks, Italians, Greeks, Ukranians, Lithuanians, Estonians, and other Eastern European groups.

These groups had many concerns, which Balzano monitored. Among those were busing, crime, Eastern Europe, Radio Free Europe, patronage, ethnic representation in government, Nixon's visit to the Soviet Union, Vietnam, the Ethnic Studies Heritage Programs Act, and the Higher Education Act. The 1972 election was also a focal point. The support of the various groups was seen as both a goal for Balzano and as a measure of the success of the Nixon Administration in the first term.

Principal correspondents and persons discussed in the files are Charles Colson, W. Richard "Dick" Howard, the President, and Laszlo Pasztor. Also included are Dimitri Danielopol, Ralph Perk, Karol Sitko, Dagnija Kreslins, John Volpe, Edward Derwinski, and Fred Gualtieri.

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