About Us

Richard Nixon’s Presidency is one of the most exhaustively documented administrations in American history. The Nixon Presidential Materials Collection contains approximately 46 million pages of documents, 3,700 hours of recorded Presidential conversations known as the “White House Tapes”, 4,000 separate recordings of broadcast video, nearly 4,500 audio recordings, 300,000 still photographs, two million feet of film, and more than 35,000 State and Public Gifts.

Our Mission

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of Presidential Libraries in College Park, Maryland. 

The Nixon Library's primary mission is educate and inform.  We serve the public interest by displaying in our permanent and temporary galleries, and preserving and making available for research on-line and through our on-site research operation, the documents and audiovisual materials of President Nixon's life and times. Through the work of our archive, museum, education, and public programming teams, we present an educational, cultural, and historical resource for local and international visitors, as well as our global research community. We assist all those who search for knowledge and understanding of the 37th President of the United States, his administration, and his ongoing impact on the world.

  • I was appointed by the Archivist of the United States to serve as the Nixon Library's second federal director, effective January 12, 2015.  I'm extremely proud to lead a team of seasoned educators, archivists, museum professionals, and public administrators - all career employees of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - as we aspire collectively to achieve four strategic goals:

    Make Access Happen • Connect with Customers • Maximize NARA’s Value to the Nation • Build Our Future through Our People 

    The federal operation at the Nixon Library pursues these strategic goals by (1) being true to our sworn oath of public service as employees of NARA; (2) building a healthy and productive partnership with our private partner, the Richard Nixon Foundation; and (3) striving to better integrate the Nixon Library into the local, regional, national and international community, through high-level customer service, academic alliances, and community partnerships.    

    In October 2016, the New Nixon Presidential Library and Museum re-opened to international acclaim.  We're very proud of the newly designed permanent galleries, generously funded by the Richard Nixon Foundation and jointly designed and developed through a public-private partnership with the National Archives team at the Nixon Library.  The new galleries introduce an active and interactive experience, and bring intellectual rigor and historical discipline to the extraordinary story of one of the most complicated, accomplished, and consequential public figures in American history. 

    We invite you to visit the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and enjoy the re-designed permanent galleries.  The exhibits on display in the Rose Hills temporary exhibit gallery promise to offer an interesting look into the celebration of 50-year anniversaries of important events in the five-and-a-half-year tenure of the Nixon presidency.  Replicas of the Oval Office, the President's Cabinet Room and the White House East Room offer a glimpse into important features of the iconic home to the Nation's First Family.  A tour of the elegant grounds at the approximate 9-acre Presidential Library and Museum facility will include the Presidential Helicopter, Richard Nixon's birthplace and - just a few feet away - the resting place for First Lady Pat Nixon and President Nixon.  A tour of the extensive and beautiful gardens and reflecting pool offer a peaceful respite from our everyday lives.

    We look forward to seeing you.  In the meantime, please explore the Library's web site - it is truly a wealth of information on the life and times of the 37th President of the United States.  


    Michael D. Ellzey, Director

Administration and Staff

  • Dawn Hammatt, Acting Director

    Tim Bruton, Facilities Manager

    Greg Cumming, Resource Archivist and Staff Historian

    Yoli Gonzalez, Administrative Officer

  • Jason Schultz, Supervisory Archivist

    Carla Braswell, Archivist

    Melissa Heddon, Archivist

    Rachel Johnston, Archivist

    Meghan Lee-Parker, Archivist

    Dorissa Martinez, Archivist

    Ryan Pettigrew, Audiovisual Archivist

    William Stevens, Archives Technician

  • Christine Mickey, Supervisory Museum Curator

    Erik Christman, Exhibits Specialist

    Erika Lara, Museum Technician

    Feliz Padilla, Museum Technician

  • Juan Ugarte, Volunteer and Visitor Services Coordinator, Education and Public Programming Team Lead

    Craig Ellefson, Education Technician

    Yikwon Kim, Exhibits Specialist

    Rachel Fisher, Events Coordinator


Contact Us

  • If you are looking for an answer to a question about doing research, visiting the museum, or planning a school tour, please first check to see if it is answered here:
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Phone: 714-983-9120 (main) / 714-983-9320 (archives)

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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California   92886