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The Presidential Historical materials of Lawrence M. (Larry) Higby 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 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. 1695) and implementing regulations. In accordance with the Act and agency regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal and private materials and non-historical items. These items have been returned.

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 (GSA Form 7279) 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 A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.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.

  • Cubic feet of materials:  5.28
  • Number of boxes:  7
  • Approximate number of pages:  5,600

Biographical Note

Lawrence M. Higby was born in Southern California in 1947. After receiving a political science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, Mr. Higby joined the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. He served as the Deputy Assistant to the President, specifically working under H.R. Haldeman in the Chief of Staff’s office from 1969 to the spring of 1973. After the resignation of H.R. Haldeman, Mr. Higby moved to the Office of Management and Budget working with Deputy Director Frederic Malek.

After the Nixon administration, Mr. Higby worked in various roles for PepsiCo, Unocal and the Times Mirror Company. In 2002 Mr. Higby became the Chief Operating Officer of the Apria Healthcare Group, where he remained until his retirement in 2008.

Scope and Content Note

The materials of Lawrence M. (Larry) Higby cover the period from 1968 to 1974 when Mr. Higby served as assistant to Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and assistant to Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Frederic Malek. The materials are arranged into two series, chronological files and subject files.

The chronological files series contains correspondence between Mr. Higby and H.R. Haldeman, Alexander Haig (who replaced Mr. Haldeman as Chief of Staff in May of 1973), Fred Malek, OMB Director Roy Ash, and various administration personnel. Also within this series are files relating to the 1972 presidential campaign and post-election analysis.

The subject files series contains memorandum and reports primarily relating to Mr. Higby’s work in the Office of Management and Budget, specifically the organizing and assisting of Mr. Malek. Materials within this series also include drafts and memorandum relating to the State of the Union in 1974, and memorandum regarding the reorganization of the White House after the 1972 election and the chief of staff’s office after the resignation of H.R. Haldeman in the spring of 1973.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-4
Series:   Chronological Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1970 - 1974
Description:   Contains correspondence between Mr. Higby and H.R. Haldeman, Alexander Haig (who replaced Mr. Haldeman as Chief of Staff in May of 1973), Fred Malek, OMB Director Roy Ash, and various administration personnel.

Boxes:   4-7
Series:   Subject Files| Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1974
Description:   Contains memorandum and reports primarily relating to Mr. Higby’s work in the Office of Management and Budget, and also Mr. Higby’s previous position in the White House chief of staff’s office.

Folder Title List

SERIES I: CHRONOLOGICAL FILES

Box 1

[Higby Notes 10/6/70]
[President’s Philosophy of Time Management – March 1971]
[Miscellaneous Memoranda, November 1971- March 1972] (1 of 2)
[Miscellaneous Memoranda, November 1971- March 1972] (2 of 2)
Copies of G[ordon] S[trachan] Memos [Fed-March 1972]
L.H. FYI [March 1972]
[Miscellaneous Memoranda, April 1972] (1 of 2)
[Miscellaneous Memoranda, April 1972] (2 of 2)
Reading [June 1972] (1 of 3)
Reading [June 1972] (2 of 3)
Reading [June 1972] (3 of 3)
Reading – Outbox [May- June 1972]
[Miscellaneous Memoranda July 1972]
Talking Papers [Staffing and Organization – August, 1972]
“Highlights of Executive Reorganization” [Publication] [September 1972]
[October 1972 – 2nd Administration] (1 of 2)
[October 1972 – 2nd Administration] (2 of 2)
[Miscellaneous Memoranda October 1972 “November 8 Packet”]

Box 2

Oct-Nov 72 Reorganization – Second Administration (1 of 3)
Oct-Nov 72 Reorganization – Second Administration (2 of 3)
Oct-Nov 72 Reorganization – Second Administration (3 of 3)
Haldeman Talking Points [Transition to 2nd Administration]
Nov 1972 Second Administration
Post Election – 2nd Administration
Post 1972 Election Analysis (1 of 2)
Post 1972 Election Analysis (2 of 2)
[Miscellaneous Memoranda January – March 1973] (1 of 2)
[Miscellaneous Memoranda January – March 1973] (2 of 2)
April 73 (1 of 2)
April 73 (2 of 2)
[Nixon Foundation] [April 1973]
[May 1973]
June –LH Chron (1973)
July –LH Chron (1973)
August –LH Chron (1973) (1 of 2)

Box 3

August –LH Chron (1973) (2of 2)
September–LH Chron (1973) (1 of 3)
September–LH Chron (1973) (2 of 3)
September–LH Chron (1973) (3 of 3)
October –LH Chron (1973) [1 of 2] (1 of 2)
October –LH Chron (1973) [1 of 2] (2 of 2)
October –LH Chron (1973) [2 of 2] (1 of 3)
October –LH Chron (1973) [2 of 2] (2 of 3)
October –LH Chron (1973) [2 of 2] (3 of 3)
November –LH Chron (1973) (1 of 3)
November –LH Chron (1973) (2 of 3)
November –LH Chron (1973) (3 of 3)
December –LH Chron (1973) (1 of 3)
December –LH Chron (1973) (2 of 3)
December –LH Chron (1973) (3 of 3)
January –LH Chron (1974) (1 of 2)
January –LH Chron (1974) (2 of 2)

Box 4

LH February 1974 Chron
LH Chron March 1974
[April – July 1974]
[Undated Notes Re: Polls]

SERIES II: SUBJECT FILES

Ash – “Meet the Press” [9/16/73]
Budget (1 of 2)
Budget (2 of 2)
[Budget I]
[Budget II] (1 of 2)
[Budget II] (2 of 2)
Budget 1975 (1 of 2)
Budget 1975 (2 of 2)
Budget Briefing Book (1of 5)
Budget Briefing Book (2 of 5)
Budget Briefing Book (3 of 5)
Budget Briefing Book (4 of 5)

Box 5

Budget Briefing Book (5 of 5)
Camp David Agenda
[Reorganization – Domestic Council]
[Domestic Policy]
Economic Indicators
Executive Development
Post 1972 Election Analysis
[Federal Regional Council Budget]
Key Events (1 of 2)
Key Events (2 of 2)
Miscellaneous [“Ongoing Government and the Watergate Myth”]
Malek Travel File [Malek Press File] (1 of 3)
Malek Travel File [Malek Press File] (2 of 3)
Malek Travel File [Malek Press File] (3 of 3)
Malek Speech File (1 of 2)
Malek Speech File (2 of 2)
Malek Travel File – 1974 (Budget)
Malek – LA
Malek – Panorama
New Federalism [I]

Box 6

New Federalism [II] (1 of 3)
New Federalism [II] (2 of 3)
New Federalism [II] (3 of 3)
L.H. Poll Book (1 of 2)
L.H. Poll Book (2 of 2)
Radio Speech on Legislative Program
Speeches
Speech Outline – Budget and State of the Union
Spokesmen Presentation
State of the Union Drafts [1]
State of the Union Drafts [2]
State of the Union Drafts [3]
State of the Union Drafts [4]
State of the Union Material [1] (1 of 2)

Box 7

State of the Union Material [1] (2 of 2)
State of the Union Material [2] (1 of 4)
State of the Union Material [2] (2 of 4)
State of the Union Material [2] (3 of 4)
State of the Union Material [2] (4 of 4)
State of the Union Material [3]
State of the Union Material [4] (1 of 3)
State of the Union Material [4] (2 of 3)
State of the Union Material [4] (3 of 3)
State of the Union 1974 (1 of 2)
State of the Union 1974 (2 of 2)
White House Reorganization (1 of 3)
White House Reorganization (2 of 3)
White House Reorganization (3 of 3)

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