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The Presidential historical materials of Bradley H. Patterson, Jr. 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 A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.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:   29.3
  • Approximate number of pages:   70,400

Biographical Note

1921 Bradley Hawkes Patterson, Jr. born, Wellesley, Mass.

1939-1942 B.A. University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

1943 M.A. University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

1943-1945 Teacher, Cranbrook School for Boys, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1945-1954 Various positions, Department of State

1954-1961 Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, White House

1961 Management Analyst, Bureau of the Budget

1961-1962 Executive Secretary, Peace Corps

1962-1966 National Security Affairs Advisor, Department of the Treasury

1966-1967 Executive Director, National Advisory Commission on Selective Service

1967-1969 Executive Director, National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity

10/23/1969-11/15/1974 Executive Assistant, Special Consultant to the President (Leonard Garment), White House

10/1/1974-11/1/1974 Assistant for Staff Coordination, First Lady's Staff, White House

11/15/1974-8/26/1976 Assistant Director for Operations, Presidential Personnel Office, White House

8/26/1976-1/1/1977 Special Assistant to the President for Native American Programs, White House

1977- Fellow, Brookings Institution

Scope and Content Note

The materials of Bradley H. Patterson, Jr., executive assistant to Leonard Garment, reflect his responsibilities in civil rights, plans for the American Revolution Bicentennial celebration, oversight of both the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities, U.S.-American Jewish affairs, and cable T.V. regulation.

Patterson has stated that he "helped [Garment] across the board in everything he did" with the exception of Watergate. In the areas of school desegregation, busing and fair housing, he estimated that his input was 25% to Garment's 75%, while in Indian affairs he had 90% input to Garment's 10%. "I didn't know very much about [Indian matters] in the beginning but have learned a lot since then...and I'm now sort of considered a resident overseer on Indian matters here in the White House." Garment and Patterson were primarily responsible for drafting President Nixon's July 8, 1970 message establishing tribal self-determination as basic federal policy. In other civil rights areas - problems of the elderly, women, ethnic and religious minorities, and student unrest (Kent State), their input was roughly equal.

The Patterson materials consist of five series: White House Memo Files, Correspondence Files, Alpha-Subject Files, Court Hearings, and Late Accretion File. The White House Memo Files cover a one-year period from March 1973 through February 1974 and are arranged chronologically. The Correspondence Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or name of correspondent and contain letters to and from both Garment and Patterson on a broad range of topics. A few documents in this series concern the immigration struggle of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Court Hearings Series contain the records and related materials in the U.S. Court of Claims case of The Innocent Victims of the Occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D. vs. the United States, May 6-20, 1980. This case contains documents concerning the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in November 1972 by the American Indian Movement as well as the Wounded Knee incident. This is an incomplete series because several plaintiff exhibits as well as correspondence from Patterson, General Haig, Garment and John C. Whitaker were not received from the Justice Department. The collection also includes short hand notes which Patterson created while attending various meetings such as the Wounded Knee negotiations, December Group, et al.; these have been removed pending transaction. The Late Accretion File consists of an alpha-subject series that approximately parallels the Alpha-Subject Files in the Patterson papers but was added after the main body of documents had already been processed. The emphasis of the documents in this file, unlike the Patterson materials where the emphasis is on Native Americans, is on Afro-Americans.

Additional information may be found in Patterson's exit interview and in papers deposited at the Eisenhower and Ford Presidential Libraries.

Series Description

Boxes:   1
Series:   White House Memos | Folder Title List
Spans:   1973-1974
Description:   Internal memoranda from White House staff members from and to Garment and Patterson, newspaper clippings, press releases. Arranged chronologically.

Boxes:   2-6
Series:   Correspondence Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, reprints. Arranged alphabetically.

Boxes:   7-78
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, press releases, reprints, newspaper clippings, reports, cables, telegrams, maps, speeches and messages. Arranged alphabetically.

Boxes:   79-83
Series:   Court Hearings | Folder Title List
Spans:   1980
Description:   Testimony, exhibits, briefs. Arranged numerically.

Boxes:   1-5
Series:   Late Accretion | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, press releases, reprints, pamphlets, transcripts of press conferences, newspaper clippings, reports. Arranged alphabetically.

Folder Title List

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