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The Presidential historical materials of Edwin L. Harper are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation 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 (including materials outside the date span covered by the act) as well as nonhistorical items. These materials have been returned to the individual who has primary proprietary interest.

Materials covered by the Act have been archivally processed and are described in this register. Items which are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (GSA Form 7279 or NA Form 14021) with a description of each restricted document has been inserted at the beginning of each folder from which materials have been removed. A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item. 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 declassified under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear feet of materials:   30.8
  • Approximate number of pages:   53,400

Biographical Note

November 3, 1941 Born, Belleville, Illinois

1963 B.A. degree, Principia College, Elsah, Illinois

August 21, 1965 Married Lucy Davis

1965-1966 Guest scholar, Brookings Institution

1966-1968 Lecturer, Rutgers University

1968 Ph.D. degree, University of Virginia

1968-1969 Staff, Bureau of the Budget

1969 Senior Consultant, Arthur D. Little, Inc., Washington, D.C.

1969-1972 Special Assistant to the President

1970-1972 Assistant Director, Domestic Council

1973-1974 Vice President, INA Corp. (now CIGNA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1981-1982 Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Assistant to the President

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Edwin L. Harper was appointed as Special Assistant to the President in December 1969. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Harper was a senior consultant with the Arthur D. Little firm in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in federal and state government programs for improving the planning, budgeting, and implementation of their programs. From 1970 to 1972, Harper was Assistant Director, Domestic Council, where he assisted in the area of research, planning and coordination of domestic policy.

The files are arranged in seven different series: Chronological File, arranged by date; Domestic Council Policy File, arranged alphabetically by subject; Budget Issues and Review File, arranged alphabetically by subject; 1972 Election Campaign File, arranged alphabetically by subject; Revenue Sharing Programs File, arranged alphabetically by subject; Subject Files, arranged alphabetically by subject; and Meetings and Speeches, arranged chronologically by date.

Major correspondents and personalities that figure in the files include: John D. Ehrlichman; Kenneth R. Cole, Jr.; Richard P. Nathan, James W. McLane; John R. Price; Richard K. Cook; John C. Campbell; Raymond J. Waldmann; Robert P. Mayo; C. D. Ward; Donald R. Rumsfeld; Dwight A. Ink; Robert P. Mayo; and Peter A. Michel.

 [See Also:  Harper's White House Special Files]

Series Description

Boxes:   1-8
Series:   Chronological File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1972
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, handwritten notes, telegrams/cables, newspaper clippings, and printed materials. This series is arranged by date. Topics covered include: Appalachian Regional Commission/regional commissions; Omnibus Economy Act of 1970; D.C. crime; environmental improvement program financing; school desegregation funds; budget revenue; Domestic Council/OMB organization and functions; model cities; Economic Development Administration; revenue sharing; Domestic Council staff activities; domestic policy issues; veterans programs; R & D activities; new technology opportunities; SST; busing; and urban policy.

Boxes:   8-10
Series:   Domestic Council Policy File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1970-1973
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, handwritten notes, charts, newspaper clippings, and printed materials. This series is arranged alphabetically by date. Topics covered include: domestic issues/priorities; planning assistance for state and local government; Federal programs; and welfare reform.

Boxes:   10-17
Series:   Budget Issues and Review File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1972
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, drafts, charts, press releases, reports, and newspaper clippings. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics covered include: budget; revenues; expenditures; budget reductions; transportation; fiscal policy; revenue sharing; State of the Union message; and Federal Economy Act.

Boxes:   18-23
Series:   1972 Election Campaign File - Withdrawn | Folder Title List
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, schedules, handwritten notes, charts, press releases, telegrams/cables, reports, newspaper clippings, and printed materials. Series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics covered include: inflation; crime and drugs; McGovern; busing; Republican Party platform; administration accomplishments; and urban problems.

Boxes:   24-35
Series:   Revenue Sharing Programs File | Folder Title List
Spans:   1971-1972
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, handwritten notes, telegrams/cables, resolutions, press releases, newspaper clippings, and printed materials. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics covered include: revenue sharing; urban community development special revenue sharing; categorical grant program; state and local governments; law enforcement special revenue sharing program; rural community development revenue sharing; and education special revenue sharing.

Boxes:   36-68
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1972
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, memoranda, handwritten notes, papers, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, and printed materials. Series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Boxes:   68-73
Series:   Meetings and Speeches | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1972
Description:   Correspondence, drafts, transmittal memos, handwritten notes, telegrams/cables, press releases, forms, and printed materials. This series is arranged chronologically by date. Topics covered include: budget; revenue sharing; national priorities; economic policy; economy; Phase II; domestic policy planning; and regional councils.

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