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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:  93

Organization Information

On May 23, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson issued Executive Order 11155 establishing the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The Commission, run by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, selected scholars (one boy and one girl from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and collectively American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, and no more than 15 at-large scholars for any one year) from high school students or recent graduates who exhibited outstanding scholarship. The scholars and their parents were given a two-day trip in June to Washington, D.C., in which they were to meet with the President and other officials in and out of Government. The scholars were presented with the Presidential Scholastic Medallion at a White House reception in their honor. President Richard M. Nixon added leadership potential to the scholarship requirement for the selection process during his term of office.

Scope and Content Note

The records in this file include letters, memoranda, and lists, and deal with topics such as the selection of Commission members, presentation scheduling, and letters to and from scholars and Commission members. Correspondents include Charles B. Wilkinson, Chairman of the Commission, President Nixon, White House staff members, and the public.

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