Edwin L. Harper (White House Special Files: Staff Member and Office Files)

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The Presidential historical materials of Dr. Edwin L. Harper, Special Assistant to the President, Domestic Council, are in custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. 1695) and implementing regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal or private materials or non-historical items. No such items were found.

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) 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 A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn items.

Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials 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:   3
  • Approximate number of pages:   800
Biographical Note

1941 November 13 Born in Belleville, Illinois

1963 B.A., Principia College

1965 Married Lucy Davis

1965-1966 Guest Scholar, The Brookings Institution

1968 Ph.D., University of Virginia

1968-1969 Resources Planning Staff, Bureau of the Budget

1969 Senior Consultant, Arthur D. Little, Inc.

1969-1973 Special Assistant to the President

1969-1973 Assistant Director, Domestic Council

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Edwin L. Harper served as a Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Director of the Domestic Council during the years 1970 to 1973. Harper's Special Files materials are subject files which deal exclusively with matters related to the President. Included in these papers are notes from four Cabinet meetings in 1971 and 1972 which deal with revenue sharing, a plan which Harper helped develop. The subject of revenue sharing is reflected in planning itineraries and background information for Presidential trips to meet state and local officials. Also included are memoranda listing possible Presidential appearances for 1972, with descriptions of places to be visited and the concerns of those communities and organizations. Other Harper materials are included in the White House Central Files Staff Member and Office Files.

The materials are arranged into one series:

  1. Subject Files: Presidential

 [See Also:  Harper's White House Central Files]

Series Description

Boxes:   1
Series:   Subject Files: Presidential
Spans:   1970 - 1973
Description:   Handwritten notes from Cabinet meetings and memoranda to and from Edwin Harper. Arranged by subject in alphabetical order.

Folder Title List


Box 1

Nixon Achievements
Backgrounder for Western States (Mid. July '71)
President's Domestic Policy Backgrounder
President - Meetings [1972-73] [1 of 2]
President - Meetings [1972-73] [2 of 2]
Presidential Messages
Presidential - Schedule Proposals
Presidential Telephone Calls