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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   4 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:   800

Organization Information

A Federal Regional Council was established by President Nixon by Executive Order 11647, dated February 10, 1972 as amended. The Councils' primary function is to assist state and local governments by coordinating federal program grants and operations through the development of better ways to deliver the benefits of federal programs over the short term. Councils also encourage joint and complimentary federal grant applications by local and state governments, resolve conflicts and problems which may arise between federal agencies, evaluate programs in which two or more member agencies participate, develop more effective ways of allocating federal resources to meet long-range needs of state and local communities, supervise regional interagency program coordination mechanisms, and develop administrative procedures to improve day-to-day cooperation on an interagency and intergovernmental basis.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, press releases, reports, orders, news clippings, itineraries, fact sheets, member lists, briefing papers, talking notes, and maps. Primary correspondents include the President, Kenneth R. Cole, George P. Shultz, John D. Ehrlichman, William E. Timmons, Frederic V. Malek, David N. Parker and individual members and chairmen of the Federal Regional Councils. Topics include meeting the needs of Spanish-speaking people, strengthening federal regional councils, council chairman appointments, the National Conference of Federal Regional Council Members, the Conference of Regional Chairmen, development of San Onofre State Beach, various regional council meetings, the role of regional directors, general revenue sharing, the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, amending Executive Order 11647 and the Federal Regional Council System guidelines.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 341 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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