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July 2 Materials Opening

On July 2, the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released nearly 100,000 pages of Presidential records and 80 hours of video oral histories at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California.

The bulk of the newly released documents come from the White House office files of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat who served in the Nixon administration from January 1969 to December 1970. The Moynihan papers detail his role in shaping administration policy on welfare reform, population control, civil rights, the environment and drug control.

Also in this release are 5,000 pages of formerly classified national security records. These include U.S. intelligence assessments before and during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Also in this release are materials relating to US-UK relations, including correspondence between President Nixon and Prime Minister Edward Heath; backchannel Soviet-Israeli relations; the status of Berlin; Soviet strategic weapons; and the Vietnam War.

The Library has also released 47 video oral histories. These are available in the Library's research room. This is the first release of materials from this collection which was begun in November 2006 after Timothy Naftali became the director of the Nixon Presidential Materials Project and director-designate of the National Archives-administered Nixon Library.

This release also includes 4 and 1/2 hours of audio recordings of briefings given by Donald Rumsfeld, Herbert Stein and others to summer interns in the Nixon White House. These are also available in the Nixon Library research room.

You can the full press release or examine representative scanned documents.



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On the staff of the Office of Economic Opportunity from 1969-70, Vice President Richard Cheney was a White House Staff Assistant in 1971 and Assistant Director of the Cost of Living Council from 1971 to 1973. To see his video oral history with the Nixon Library please click <here>.