FG 174 (National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   11 in.
  • Number of pages:   1,400
Organizational Note

The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities was established by Public Law 209 in September 1965. In 1968 this law was amended by Public Law 348 which established the foundation as an independent federal agency. The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities was created to support the development and growth of the arts, to provide wider opportunities for the appreciation of the arts and to develop the humanities by supporting research and improved teaching curricula. The foundation is formed by two endowments, one for the arts and the other for the humanities, which are both supported by corresponding councils. A federal council coordinates the two endowments with related programs of other federal agencies.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums and reports.

Primary correspondents include Len Garment, Nancy Hanks, Ken Cole, Terrance O'Donnell, Jerry Jones and Ronald Berman.

Topics include appointments to and members of the endowments and the councils, individual request for funds, and annual reports.

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 174 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive are communications between Commission members or staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

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