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The information below is regarding Audiovisual Materials. You may also find useful information in the Nixon White House Tapes FAQ section.

Q:   Can I order copies of audiovisual materials from the Nixon Library?

A:   Follow the instructions provided on the Order Form Packets

Q:   Do you have the original letter from Elvis Presley to President Nixon and that picture of President Nixon shaking hands with Elvis Presley?

A:   Yes! The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has the letter and the 28 black and white photographs of Elvis Presley meeting President Nixon taken by White House Chief Photographer Oliver F. Atkins (Elvis is pictured in all but one and shakes hands with Nixon in several).

When Nixon Met Elvis

  • The When Nixon Met Elvis Exhibit on the National Archives website contains downloadable photos and original documentation, including the letter, from the meeting.

  • The meeting was captured by the White House Photo Office (WHPO) on film rolls 5364 and 5369.

  • High resolution scans of all 28 frames from both film rolls are available for download. A zip file is available here

  • Roll/negative number 5364-18 is the photo that is usually requested (see thumbnail at left). A 600ppi JPEG scan is available here.

The meeting is also depicted on the National Security Archive's web site.

Q:   Do you hold any photographs of Richard Nixon with Martin Luther King?

Our audiovisual holdings do not contain any such photographs. However, images featuring the two individuals together are available through other sources:

  • one known photograph is Getty Images item #535083508

  • the June 27, 1957 edition of JET Magazine contains one such photograph; a copy of this issue is held by the Nixon Library. Please contact and cite "Textual Collection: PPS 320, Box 22, Folder 1, JET Magazine p.5" for further assistance from a textual archivist

Q:   Do you have any footage of the moon landing?

President Nixon with the Apollo 13 astronauts in Hawaii, after their recovery at sea.  The President had just awarded the three with the Space Medal of Freedom. We have actual footage of the Apollo Eleven Moon flight and landing and more.  [See Also:  Textual Materials FAQs].

Use your browser's search feature to look for the word moon in these Finding Aids:

Q:   Can I obtain an official portrait of President Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, and/or the First Family?

According to Vicki Goldberg's book The White House: The President's Home in Photographs and History (2011, p. 53), Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to elevate a photograph as an "official presidential portrait." Therefore there were no "official" photographic portraits taken during the Nixon administration; however, various portraits are available, including the following which may be downloaded as high resolution TIFF files:

  • WHPO-9241-01 (President Nixon, signed portrait)
  • WHPO-5865-02 (First Lady Pat Nixon)
  • WHPO-E0313-01 (First Family)
  • Please note that these and other photographic reproductions supplied to researchers are only available as digital copies. Digital copies are high enough resolution to allow researchers to make their own paper prints.

    Q:   Do you have photographs or motion picture footage showing the giving of moon rock (i.e. moon dust) gifts?

    • The presentation of moon rock gifts to state governors on December 3, 1969 was captured by the White House Photo Office (WHPO) on film rolls 2526, 2528, 2529, 2530, 2531, 2533, 2534, and 2535. White House Communications Agency (WHCA) sound recordings WHCA-SR-H-104, WHCA-SR-P-691203, WHCA-SR-P-691204 and WHCA-SR-P-691205 were also recorded at the same event. News summary tape WHCA-3583 contains network news broadcasts pertaining to the same event.

    • The presentation of a moon rock gift to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was captured by the White House Photo Office (WHPO) on film roll 2764. A White House Communications Agency (WHCA) sound recording (WHCA-SR-B-034) was recorded at the same event.

    • White House Photo Office (WHPO) film roll D0104 depicts a lunar rock sample presented to President Nixon.

    • Additional White House Communications Agency (WHCA) sound recordings are available for the presentation of moon rock gifts to the Foreign Minister of Indonesia (WHCA-SR-B-50) and to the Prime Minister of Australia (WHCA-SR-B-053).

    • Photographs of Parker pens containing lunar dust (PAR.17.3.1&2) given by President Nixon to Chinese officials in 1972 are available.

    Q:   Where can I find information on the events in the life and public career of President Nixon?

    Q:   Where can I find the video of Nixon's 1969 Inuaguration?

    Q:   Do you have a collection of Watergate-related photographs available?

    • Yes, a collection of low resolution images from the White House Photo Office is available as a zip file. Additional photograph collections related to Watergate (NAID identifier 518203) and the Watergate Complex (NAID identifier 304965) are available through the National Archives Catalog.

    Q:   Do you have any photographs or footage of President Nixon signing Title IX ("The Education Act")?

    • While we do not have any photographs or motion picture footage depicting the signing, there are some limited, related resources available. The Presidential Daily Diary notes that in June 1972 President Nixon recorded a short segment on the passing of the Act for the media. A one-minute, sound-only segment is available (WHCA-SR P-720610) as well as recorded network news broadcasts on June 23, 1972 (WHCA-5511) that indirectly refer to the passing of the Act. However, the emphasis of the pre-recorded Presidential comments is on the President's opposition to busing; the Act's pertinence to women's rights is not mentioned.
    • Beyond the Nixon Library, NBC Universal Archives contains an item which claims to show President Nixon signing the Act. However, footage from this production depicting a signing ceremony is likely generic stock footage due to President Nixon's opposition to busing.

    Q:  Do you a photo of President Nixon signing the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA)?

    • No. Unfortunately, there is no film, audio, video or photographs in our holdings documenting President Nixon signing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on December 28, 1973. A public statement was issued from the Western White House in San Clemente, California. It is published online at the American Presidency Project:
    • We do have photographs of President Nixon signing the Endangered Species Conservation Act (P. L. 91–135) on December 5, 1969, witnessed by Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel. The photographs were taken by the White House Photo Office (WHPO) and are on roll #2555.

      Click on thumbnail to view full size contact sheet scan. You may request high resolution scans of any of the frames shown on the contact sheet. Digital copies from the negatives are $20 each.

      If you wish to place an order, please fill out the order form and list the roll number followed by the frame number. The frame numbers are printed below each frame (for example: WHPO-2555-04A) The order form is located here:

      HISTORICAL NOTE: The Endangered Species Conservation Act was an amendment to the 1966 Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966 (P.L. 89-669). 1973’s Endangered Species Act was a completely rewritten Act incorporating and expanding on features of the ESCA and the ESPA.

      WARNING NOTE: An image published online on various websites is incorrectly described as President Nixon signing the ESA. This image shows the Executive Order HR 6269 signing May 28, 1969. HR 6269 permitted commemorative medals to be struck celebrating the 300th anniversary of South Carolina’s founding.

    Q:   How can I locate images of President Nixon with his arms in the air or making victory signs?

    • Many images are available. For convenience we have compiled a contact sheet showing representative images of President Nixon. Please reference the catalog numbers listed below each frame when ordering reproductions or inquiring about them.

    Q:   I am doing research on the Okinawa Reversion Agreement of 1971. Do any of the White House Tapes contain conversations pertaining to the Senkaku (Diaoyu/Diaoyutai) Islands?

    Q:   May I reproduce content from your web site?

    • As a general statement, exclusive work products of the U.S. Federal Government are not copyrightable and therefore not restricted by copyright. However, not all content appearing on the web site is an exclusive U.S. Federal Government work product. Please contact AV Reference Staff who can provide information on the creator(s) of works when available. [See Also:  Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice]


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