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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   < 1 in.
  • Number of pages:   28

Organization Information

The Old West Regional Commission was established under the authority of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, P. L. 89-136, as amended. It functioned within the jurisdiction of the Office of Regional Economic Coordination, U.S. Department of Commerce.

This Commission was created to undertake economic development programs of a regional scale with special emphasis on those factors in which the region lags behind the nation. It is empowered to provide technical assistance to support demonstrations, training, planning and research; and is authorized to provide funds to initiate and supplement the basic federal grant-in-aid programs designed to enhance economic development in the region. Additional functions include conducting action programs in the fields of human resources, commercial and economic development, environmental protection and natural protection, natural resources planning and government services. The Old West Regional Commission serves a region composed of the sates of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming

The Commission is composed of one federal member, the Federal Co-chairman, who is appointed by the President; and the governors or their, designees of the five states which make up the Old West Region. The state representative select one of their number to be the State Co-chairman.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, executive orders and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff Edwin L. Harper, Thomas C. Korologos, Patrick E. O’Donnell John E. Nidecker, Jerry H. Jones, William E. Timmons and David N. Parker.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 356 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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