FG 211 (Public Land Law Review Commission) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   2 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:   370
Organizational Note

The Public Land Law Review Commission was established by Congress in September of 1964 and consisted of 19 permanent members. Membership was made up of three members from the majority and minority parties of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, three members each of the majority and minority membership of the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, six Presidential appointees, and the 19th member was a member-at-large elected by the Congressional and Presidential appointees. The basic purpose of the Public Land Law Review Commission was to study all aspects of public land policies, laws, and regulations that would insure the maximum benefit for the public. The land amounted to 755.3 million acres. The Commission disbanded after issuing its final report.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of originals, copies, and carbons of correspondence; memorandums; a press release; telegrams; notes; and lists of members of the Commission, advisory councils, and governors’ representatives. Primary correspondents include William E. Timmons, John C. Whitaker, Russell E. Train, Herbert G. Klein, and Commission Chairman Wayne N. Aspinall. Topics include submission of and reaction to the Commission’s report, revision of public land laws, and grazing fees. Corresponding oversized attachments 3269 and 900 have been processed and are available in White House Central Files: Processed Oversized Attachments. Oversized attachments 4033 and 4034 are available in White House Central Files: Staff Member and Office Files: John C. Whitaker.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 211 generally to determine the source of the materials. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, Members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests.

Folder Title List

Box 1

[EX] FG 211 Public Land Law Review Commission [1969-1970]
[EX] FG 211 Public Land Law Review Commission 1/1/1971-[12/31/1972]
[GEN] FG 211 Public Land Law Review Commission [1969-1970]
[GEN] FG 211 Public Land Law Review Commission 1/1/1971-[12/31/1972]