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The Presidential historical materials of S. Bruce Herschensohn 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 A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.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:   4.7
  • Approximate number of pages:   12,000

Biographical Note

September 10, 1932 Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1950 Graduated, University High School

1950-1951 RKO Pictures, Hollywood, California

1951-1952 U.S. Air Force, Korean War

1952-1954 RKO Pictures, Hollywood, California

1954-1956 General Dynamics Corporation, film editor/director

1956-1968 Headed his own motion picture company, Los Angeles, California

April, 1972 Resigned as director of the Motion Picture and Television Service, United States Information Agency

September 1972 White House Staff Member, Deputy Special Assistant to the President. Worked under Dwight Chapin and Bob Haldeman as a speechwriter and consultant. In December, 1973, he became the contact person for "Support the President" groups and individuals.

September 1974 Resigned from the White House Staff. Became the Executive Director of the United States Citizens Committee for Fairness to the Presidency.

1986 Ran for U.S. Senate from California

Scope and Content Note

Bruce Herschensohn was a Deputy Special Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1974. He was an expert on propaganda and film-making, serving initially as a consultant on political matters and as a speechwriter. By 1973, however, the White House perceived a need for someone to act as a liaison with the public on Support of the President matters. Bruce Herschensohn acted as this coordinator of groups and individuals. He arranged for support petitions to be accepted by the White House, the Staff, and in some cases, by the President. He also wrote support articles for newspapers and magazines. Lastly, he responded to "Support the President" correspondence.

An Exit Interview was conducted with Bruce Herschensohn on September 9, 1974. It has been transcribed, reviewed, and is available for use by researchers.

Series Description

Boxes:   1
Series:   Chronological Files | Folder Title List
Description:   A straight chronological run of letters, memos, telegrams, and related materials produced by Herschensohn. Topics include "Support the President," suggestions for Presidential speeches and activities, media bias, Watergate, and impeachment.

Boxes:   2-4
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Description:   Arranged alphabetically, topics include Watergate, "Support the President" activities, media bias, speeches, impeachment, scheduling of the President. Events include the John Ford Dinner, the P.O.W. Dinner, and Honor America Day.

Boxes:   5-12
Series:   Support the President Correspondence | Folder Title List
Spans:   5-12
Description:   Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Consists of letters from the public encouraging and supporting President Nixon and Bruce Herschensohn's efforts to organize support. Topics covered include Watergate, impeachment, support-related activities, petitions, media bias, Rabbi Korff, George Dumas, and Sun Myung Moon. Within this group are three boxes of unanswered correspondence. Much of this is negative letters sent to the White House. Some of these are responses to Herschensohn's published articles regarding Nixon.

Boxes:   13-14
Series:   Miscellaneous Materials | Folder Title List
Description:   Opinion papers, publications, clippings, press releases, and notes. The series is a combination of publications and many loose items in no apparent order. Six folders of "Miscellaneous Materials" are found in this series.

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