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The Presidential historical materials of Glenn R. Schleede 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 A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.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:   18.7
  • Approximate number of pages:   44,800

Biographical Note


1933 Glenn R. Schleede born, Lyons, New York

1950 Graduated from Brockport High School, Brockport, New York

1950-1952, 1958-1959 Attended Brockport State Teachers College, Brockport, New York

June 1952-June 1956 U.S. Air Force

1956-1960 B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota

1961 University of Minnesota, Summer School

June 1968 M.A. Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota

1962-1965 Industrial Relations Officer, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission

September 1965-March 1972 Bureau of the Budget [BOB], Science and Technology, Natural Resources Environmental Branch [On July 1, 1970, BOB became Office of Management and Budget]

September 1965-January 1966 Detail, White House Task Force on Manpower for State and Local Governments

March 1972-March 1973 U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Environmental Affairs

March 1973-May 1974 Appointed to Domestic Council, assistant to Michael Raoul-Duval, associate director for natural resources

May 1974-January 1977 Assistant Director, Domestic Council

1981 Member of Reagan administration transition team, Associate Director of Office of Management and Budget


February 1941 Richard M. Fairbanks, III born, Indianapolis, Indiana

1962 B.A. Yale University

1969 J.D. Columbia University Law School

1961-January 1971 Employed with Arnold and Porter, Washington, D.C.

January-July 1971 Special Assistant to the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

July 1971 Appointed to Domestic Council, assistant to John C. Whitaker

May 1973-May 1974 Associate Director of the Domestic Council

1974-1981 Law partner, Beveridge, Fairbanks and Diamond, Washington, D.C.

1981- Served Reagan administration as member of transition team, State Department official, and special Mid-East negotiator

Scope and Content Note

The Glenn R. Schleede file group documents the activities of the Nixon Administration's Domestic Council in the areas of energy and environmental policy from 1971 through 1974. It is composed of the office files of two men - Glenn R. Schleede and Richard M. Fairbanks, III.

Before joining the staff of the Domestic Council, Glenn R. Schleede served in various positions with the government, first with the Office of Management and Budget, where he worked with John C. Whitaker and Richard M. Fairbanks. He later worked with the Atomic Energy Commission in energy and environmental quality programs. In March 1973 he joined the Domestic Council as an assistant to Michael Raoul-Duval, and in May 1974 he was appointed assistant director. Schleede continued to work at the White House after Richard M. Nixon resigned.

At the Domestic Council, Schleede provided policy formulation and co-ordination in his areas of responsibility - energy, clean air, nuclear energy, science and space, and organization for energy and natural resource activities. According to Schleede, "...I know more details about the energy business than the energy policy, I know more about the details and about energy programs and the agencies than either Dick Fairbanks or Mike Duval does...." He worked closely with officials in the Department of Interior, Office of Management and Budget, Council of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, and NASA, as well as with other White House staff members and particularly William E. Timmons' office, and with staff members of various Congressional committees and with the Senate Interior COmmittee in gathering data. He played an active role in the drafting of Presidential statements and messages, and in the formulation of new legislation.

In July 1971 Richard M. Fairbanks was recruited for the Domestic Council by John C. Whitaker. At this time Mr. Fairbanks held the position of Special Assistant Administrator for the EPA. He was appointed Associate Director in May 1973. Fairbanks described his position as "shepherding the pieces of legislation, developing the coming environmental package of the year...and doing kind of case work on the particular problems in the area [of environmental quality] that came up...." He left government service in May 1974 in order to return to private law practice.

Related material can be found in the Staff Member and Office Files of the White House Central Files, particularly in the files of John C. Whitaker, John A. Love, Charles J. DiBona, Edward M. Miller, John F. Schaefer, and John Rafuse, and in the White House Central Files, Subject Files, particularly Council of Environmental Quality (FG 6-17), National Energy Office (FG 6-23), Energy Policy Office (FG 6-25), Federal Energy Office (FG 6-26).

Additional information may be found in Schleede's and Fairbanks's exit interviews and in Schleede's papers deposited at the Ford Presidential Library.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-3
Series:   Chronological Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1973-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, and notes. Arranged chronologically.

Boxes:   4-45
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1971-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, press releases, transcripts of press conferences, Executive Orders, briefing papers, speech and message drafts, reprints, newspaper clippings, reports, charts and tables, resumes, Congressional bills and reports and testimony. Arranged alphabetically.

Boxes:   46-56
Series:   Richard M. Fairbanks Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1971-1974
Description:   Correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, proposals, maps, newspaper clippings, reprints, press releases, transcripts of press conferences, and drafts of legislation. Arranged alphabetically.

Folder Title List

Available as a searchable Adobe Acrobat PDFpdf file.



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