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These Presidential historical materials 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 private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. 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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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 restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   2 in.
  • Number of pages:   400

Organization Information

The Rural Affairs Council was established by Executive Order 11493, November 13, 1969. The Council advised and assisted the President with respect to the further development of the non-metropolitan areas of the country. The Rural Affairs Council was terminated July 1, 1970 by Executive Order 11541, Re-Organization Plan No.2. This order established the Domestic Council, which absorbed and expanded the functions of  the Rural Affairs Council and the Urban Affairs Council.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of meeting agendas, correspondence, Executive Order drafts, memorandums, minutes, reports, tables and organizational flowcharts. Primary correspondents include Harry S. Dent, John Ehrlichman, Ken Cole, Senator Carl T. Curtis, Kenneth E. BeLieu, H. R. Haldeman, Stephen Bull, Bryce Harlow, and Robert P. Mayo. Topics include internal migration, national growth policy, rural development, regional economic development, Native Americans, migrant farm workers, and tax credit programs.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 260 generally to determine the source of the materials. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, Members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests. 

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