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The Presidential historical materials of the White House Executive Clerk are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note) and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed this file group to identify personal and private materials (including materials outside the date span covered by the act) as well as nonhistorical items. Such items have been returned to the individual who has primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) marks the original position of the withdrawn items. 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 reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear inches of materials:  10
  • Number of pages:  916

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of copies of Presidential memoranda sent to the heads of departments and agencies during the Nixon Administration.  These memorandums were a reference set kept by John Ratchford, White House Executive Clerk, until his retirement and span the entire Nixon Presidency.  Memoranda cover a wide range of topics, including: equal opportunity employment, employment of the handicapped, summer intern program, Jobs for Veterans program, personnel management, the American Red Cross and Red Cross month, government relations with public, Federal Government Safety Policy, Christmas Messages to armed services and peace corps personnel, Federal Career Service, Civil Service Commission, New Federalism, Health Education, Small Business Week, Bicentennial event planning, committee appointments, Veterans Services, Federal Payroll Savings Plan, Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, Energy Conservation, and the Federal Design Improvement Program. Please note that, in some cases, there are several copies of the same document within a folder.

Folder Title List

Box 1

Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1969 – August 1969
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, September 1969 – December 1969
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1970 – December 1970
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1971– December 1971

Box 2

Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1972 – June 1972
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, July 1972 – December 1972
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1973 – June 1973
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, July 1973 – December 1973
Memorandums for the Heads of Departments and Agencies, January 1974 – August 1974

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