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The Presidential historical materials of Peter M. Flanigan, Assistant to the President and Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs, are in custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provision of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. l695) and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal and private materials as well as nonhistorical items. These materials have been returned to Flanigan.

Materials covered by the act have been archivally processed and are described in this register. Items which are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (GSA Form 7279 or NA Form 1421) with a description of each restricted document has been inserted at the beginning of each folder from which materials have been removed. A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.

Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed material for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restriction. Certain classified documents may be declassified under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear feet of materials:   5.7
  • Approximate number of pages:   11,400

Biographical Note

1923 June 21 Born New York City

1943-1946 U.S. Navy

1947 B.A., Princeton University

1947-1949 Statistical analyst with the New York investment banking firm of Dillon, Read & Co., Inc.; Vice President since 1954

1949-1950 Assistant program (financial) analyst, Economic Corporation Administration Mission to the United Kingdom, London

1955-1959 Member of the executive committee, Ninth Assembly District Club, New York City

1959 Chairman, New Yorkers for Nixon

1960 National Director, Volunteers for Nixon-Lodge

1968 Deputy campaign manager, Nixon for President

1969 January 20-April l5 Consultant to the President on administration staffing

1969 April l6-1973 Assistant to the President

1972 January-1974 Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs

1972 February-1974 Executive Director, Council on International Economic Policy, Executive Office of the President

1975- Managing Director and executive officer, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc., New York City

Scope and Content Note

Peter Flanigan's association with Richard M. Nixon began the year preceding the 1960 Presidential campaign. In the months prior to the Republican National Convention, he organized a New Yorkers for Nixon group, and during the campaign he directed the nationwide Volunteers for Nixon-Lodge organizations. Following Nixon's unsuccessful bid for the Presidency in 1960 and his subsequent move to New York City in 1963, Flanigan joined a coterie of Nixon supporters to devise a strategy for the former Vice President's return to elective office. During the 1968 Presidential campaign Flanigan was Nixon's deputy campaign manager.

Nixon's victory in 1968 provided Flanigan an opportunity to enhance his power and influence within the incoming Nixon administration. During the transition period and for several months after the inauguration, he served as an unpaid consultant, advising on the recruitment of personnel for the new administration.

By mid-April 1969, Flanigan formally joined the White House Staff as Assistant to the President. At a press conference to introduce him to the White House press corps, White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler disclosed to the assembled reporters that Flanigan's duties would center primarily on economic, commercial, and financial areas. He also announced that Flanigan would assume those duties relating to regulatory agencies and other domestic matters that had been previously assigned to Robert Ellsworth, who had been named Ambassador to NATO.

As Flanigan's areas of responsibility gradually broadened to include international economic matters, he was appointed, in Janaury 1972, as Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs. A month later, President Nixon named him Executive Director of the Council on International Economic Policy (CIEP).

Flanigan resigned his White House post on June 24, 1974, and left the administration in early July, returning to the New York investment firm of Dillon, Read & Co., Inc.

The materials of Peter Flanigan in the White House Special Files date from 1969 to 1974.

The materials are arranged into three series:

  1. Subject Files
  2. Ambassador Files
  3. Special Files

The Subject Files comprise the bulk of the file group and document the entire range of Flanigan's responsibilities as Assistant to the President. The Ambassador Files relate to Flanigan's role in the selection process of individuals for non-career diplomatic posts. The Special Files are, for the most part, an appendage to the Ambassador Files and frequently include material duplicated in this latter file series. Some materials in this series also relate to economic subjects, such as economic problems in New Hampshire and the financial and regulatory difficulties of the airline industry. With regard to the New Hampshire situation, there is considerable correspondence between Flanigan and the state's First District Congressman Louis C. Wyman.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-12
Series:   Subject Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969 - 1974
Description:   Memoranda, correspondence, notes, testimony, reports, resumes, agenda of meetings, lists of appointments and telephone calls, list of ambassadors, press releases, news summaries, printed matter, and newspaper clippings. Subjects covered include Flanigan's testimony before the Senate and grand jury regarding the International Telephone and Telegraph antitrust case, the 1972 Moscow summit meeting, ambassadorial appointments, antitrust policy, Iranian oil production, and trade relations with Peru. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject and thereunder chronological.

Boxes:   13-14
Series:   Ambassador Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   Memoranda, correspondence, lists of ambassadors, notes, resumes, published biographical entries, and clippings. Materials relate to the selection and appointment of ambassadors. Arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   14
Series:   Special Files | Folder Title List
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   Memoranda, correspondence, lists of ambassadors, notes, resumes, and cables. The materials primarily refer to the selection process of American citizens for various ambassadorships; there is much duplication of material found in the Ambassadors Files series. Other subjects in this series include economic problems in New Hampshire and the financial and regulatory difficulties of the airline industry. Arranged chronologically by year.

Folder Title List

SUBJECT FILES, 1969-74

Box 1

Airline Mergers [Aug.-Sept. 1971]
Airlines [Mar.-Nov. 1971]
Airlines: American Western Merger Proposal [Jan.-Aug. 197l] [1 of 2]
Airlines: American Western Merger Proposal [Jan.-Aug. 1971] [2 of 2]
Antitrust--General, Key Papers [Aug. 1971]
Antitrust (Loken Files) (Krogh) [May 1969-Jan. 1972] [1 of 2]
Antitrust (Loken Files) (Krogh) [May 1969-Jan. 1972] [2 of 2]
Antitrust (Miscellaneous) [July 1970-Nov. 1971] [1 of 2]

Box 2

Antitrust (Miscellaneous) [July 1970-Nov. 1971] [2 of 2]
Carpet Industry [Dec. 1969-July 1972] [1 of 2]
Carpet Industry [Dec. 1969-July 1972] [2 of 2]
Henry Catto [May 1969-Nov. 1972]
CATV [Community Antenna Television] [Dec. 1970-Jan. 1972]
Chile [Sept. 19, 1973]
Detailed Background Papers [Dec. 1971-Mar. 1972]
Al Fay [1969-73]

Box 3

Max Fisher [1969-73]
[Peter M. Flanigan: Removed from Oversized Attachment #3737, President Johnson's Office Facilities]
PMF--Granite City Steel (St. Louis Dis[patch]) [Apr. 1971-May 1974] [1 of 2]
PMF--Granite City Steel (St. Louis Dis[patch]) [Apr. 1971-May 1974] [2 of 2]
Nelson Gross [1969-72]
Raymond Guest [1969-71]
John Harper [1969-74]
Hickox, Charles [Nov.-Dec. 1972]
Iran [Apr. 1972-Feb. 1973]

Box 4

Iran File [1954, 1957 (Dec. 1971)-Feb. 1973]
ITT [International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation], Clippings [Mar.-Apr. 1972]
ITT, Cox [Archibald, 1969-73]
ITT--Eastland Interrogatories and Answers; Conflicts in Testimony [1971]
ITT: PMF Calls and Appointments
Peter Flanigan Notebook--l0/4/73--Grand Jury Appearances re: ITT [June 1969-Oct. 1973]
ITT Letter to New York Times, 28 April 1972
ITT Letter to Washington Post, 28 April 1972
Miscellaneous--ITT [May 1969-Oct. 1973) [1 of 4]
Miscellaneous--ITT [May 1969-Oct. 1973) [2 of 4]

Box 5

Miscellaneous--ITT [May 1969-Oct. 1973] [3 of 4]
Miscellaneous--ITT [May 1969-Oct. 1973] [4 of 4]
[Miscellaneous Materials--ITT, Jan. 1970-Oct. 1973] [1 of 5]
[Miscellaneous Materials--ITT, Jan. 1970-Oct. 1973] [2 of 5]

Box 6

[Miscellaneous Materials--ITT, Jan. 1970-Oct. 1973] [3 of 5]
[Miscellaneous Materials--ITT, Jan. 1970-Oct. 1973] [4 of 5]
[Miscellaneous Materials--ITT, Jan. 1970-Oct. 1973] [5 of 5]
[ITT--Jonathan Chapman Rose, Apr. 1972-Oct. 1973]

Box 7

ITT - JC [Jonathan Chapman] Rose - 1973
ITT-J.C. [Jonathan Chapman] Rose--1973] [1 of 3]
ITT-J.C. [Jonathan Chapman] Rose--1973] [2 of 3]
ITT-J.C. [Jonathan Chapman] Rose--1973] [3 of 3]
[ITT--White House Files, 1969-72]
Tom Jones [1971-72]
Records of Meetings with Dr. Kissinger [Mar. 1972]
Kleindienst Nomination Hearing [Mar. 1972]
Kleindienst Nomination Hearing [Apr. 1972]
Bernard Lasker [1969-73]
Anthony Marshall [1969-72]
Roger Milliken [1969-74]
[John Mitchell Correspondence, June 1969-Feb. 1972]

Box 8

Movie Industry [Apr.-Sept. 1971] [1 of 2]
Movie Industry [Apr.-Sept. 1971] [2 of 2]
[Movie Industry II, Feb.-Sept. 1971] [1 of 2]
[Movie Industry II, Feb.-Sept. 1971] [2 of 2]
John Mulcahy and Pan American [Airlines, 1972]

Box 9

NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1969-74]
NASA [Correspondence] [Mar. 1970-Oct. 1974]
NASA [July 1971-Jan. 1972] [1 of 2]
NASA [July 1971-Jan. 1972] [2 of 2]
Network Antitrust Key Papers [Apr. -July 1971]
North American Rockewell Proposal [May-Dec. 1970] [1 of 2]
North American Rockewell Proposal [May-Dec. 1970] [2 of 2]
Ross Perot [1969-73]
Peru [Oct. 1972-Apr. 1973]
Postal Bonds Background [May 1969-Apr. 1972]
Postal Bonds--Files [Aug. 1971-Apr. 1972]
Postal Bonds [Sept. 1971-Aprl. 1972]

Box 10

[Postal Bonds Notebook, Oct. 1969-Oct. 1971] [1l of 2]
[Postal Bonds Notebook, Oct. 1969-Oct. 1971] [2 of 2]
Presidential Meetings, Agenda & Brief/Memos to File [Apr. 1971-July 1974]
President's Moscow Visit [Apr. 1970-June 1972] [1 of 2]
President's Moscow Visit [Apr. 1970-June 1972] [2 of 2]
Fred Russel [Apr. 1970-June 1972]
John Safer [1971-74]
Shaheen, John M. [May 1969-July 1974]
C. Arnholdt Smith [Oct.-Dec. 1971]
George Spater [Apr. 1971-May 1974]
M. [Maurice] Stans--Aug. 27, 2:00 p.m. [1972-73]
[Stans, Maurice - Correspondence] [Mar. 1969-Nov. 1972]
[Stans, Maurice Memoranda] [Apr. 1969-Dec. 1971] [1 of 2]

Box 11

[Stans, Maurice Memoranda] [Apr. 1969-Dec. 1971] [2 of 2]
Summaries of Testimony [1972]
Bruce Sundlin and Executive Jet [Aviation, Inc. Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 1972]
Telegrams [1970-71]
T.V.-Movie Lawsuit [Apr.-Dec. 1971]
Textiles [May 1969-Nov. 1972]
Textiles Memoranda I [June 1969-Feb. 1971] [1 of 4]
Textiles Memoranda I [June 1969-Feb. 1971] [2 of 4]

Box l2

Textiles Memoranda I [June 1969-Feb. 1971] [3 of 4]
Textiles Memoranda I [June 1969-Feb. 1971] [4 of 4]
US-USSR Trade [I, Jan.-Sept. 1972] [1 of 2]
US-USSR Trade [I, Jan.-Sept. 1972] [2 of 2]
US-USSR Trade [II, Apr. 1970-Mar. 1972] [1 of 2]
US-USSR Trade [II, Apr. 1970-Mar. 1972] [2 of 2]
U-235 Breakthrough [Feb. 1973]
Uranium Enrichment, Secret [Aug.-Oct. 1973]
JDW [John D. Wells, July-Nov. 1972]
Worksheets in re: PMF Meetings and Telephone Calls List [1969-72]

AMBASSADOR FILES, 1969-73

[PMF - Special Ambassador Files, 1963 (Apr. 1971)- Jan. 1973] [1 of 2]
[Special Ambassador Files, 1963 (Apr. 1971)- Jan. 1973] [2 of 2]

Box l3

Ambassadors--Broad Memoranda (1) [May 1961-Mar. 1974]
Ambassadors--Broad Memoranda (2) [Apr. 1969-Mar. 1974]
Ambassadors--Broad Memoranda (3) [Jan. 1973-Mar. 1974]
Ambassadors--Miscellaneous [1 of 2]
Ambassadors--Miscellaneous [2 of 2]
Ambassador[s]--Scratch Notes
Ruth Farkas
[J.] Fife Symington, [Jr.]
C.V. Whitney
Duplicates

SPECIAL FILES, 1969-73

Box l4

Special Files, 1969
Special Files, 1970
Special Files, 1971
Special Files, 1972 [1 of 2]
Special Files, 1972 [2 of 2]
Special Files, 1973 and 1974 [no 1974 material present]

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