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FG 77 (Atlantic-Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission)

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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:  2.5 in.
  • Number of pages:  400

Organization Information

The Atlantic-Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission was established by act of September 22, 1964 (78 Stat. 990) as amended to provide for an investigation and study to determine the feasibility of and the most suitable site for a sea-level canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, its cost, and the best means of constructing such a canal, including consideration of nuclear excavation. This Commission was also known as the Sea Level Canal Study Commission.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, transmittal memorandums, and reports. Primary correspondents include President Nixon, Robert B. Anderson, John Campbell, Peter Flanigan, Alexander Haig, Daniel Hofgren, Henry Kissinger, Arnold Nachamnaff, John P. Sheffey, and the Commission members.

Topics include communications with the White House, the Commission's annual reports; PLOWSHARE, a peaceful nuclear explosions project of the Atomic Energy Commission; US policy with Panama; appointments to the Commission; meeting agendas; letters of appreciation to Commission members and staff; a possible meeting between President Nixon and Commission Chair Robert Anderson; and commendations for Federal personnel who worked with the Commission.

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 77 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive are communications between Commission members of staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

The Oversize Attachment 912 has been integrated into this collection.

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