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The Presidential historical materials of Howard A. Cohen 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 this file group to identify personal and private materials (including materials outside the date span covered by the act) as well as nonhistorical items. Such items have been returned to the individual who has primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by the act have been archivally processed and are described in this register. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) marks the original position of the withdrawn items. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restriction. Certain classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

Scope and Content Note

This file group documents the activities of Howard A. Cohen as White House Staff Assistant to the President in the office of Charles Colson from 1971-1972. He functioned primarily as youth affairs liaison. This included involvement with such groups as the White House Interns, young athletes, high school and university groups, Boys Clubs, Junior Achievement, and Young Republicans. Drugs, pollution, Vietnam, and volunteerism were just some of the many issues concerning young people. Among Cohen's duties were making recommendations on speaking invitations to and from the President, maintaining correspondence with various youth groups, and assisting them while they were in Washington, D.C.

These files also reflect White House concern about the youth vote in 1972, and methods to cultivate the 18-30 year old voters. These attempts included expanding the White House Intern Program, having the interns campaign, and involving Julie N. Eisenhower in various programs and speaking engagements.

Prior to working at the White House, Howard A. Cohen was Director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Legislation. He had also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation. After leaving Colson's office, he was appointed to the Cost of Living Council as Assistant Director of Special Projects.

The Howard A. Cohen files are arranged alphabetically by subject. Prior to archival processing, these folders were arranged in a reverse chronological fashion (last date first), and were left this way to maintain the provenance of the files. Also, the researcher will note that although Cohen left the White House in 1972, these files were active until 1973.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-11
Series:   Alpha-Subject, 1971-1973 | Folder Title List
Description:   Composed of originals, carbons, and photocopies; these files include brochures, correspondence, drafts, papers, publications, research reports, schedules, and statistics. Topics covered include Federal internships, suggestions for Presidential appearances, and various youth issues (environment, the military draft, summer unemployment, and vocational education).

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