FG 223 (Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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.
  • Number of pages:   313
Organizational Note

The Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue was established March 25, 1965, by Executive Order No. 11210, amended by Executive Order No. 11347 dated April 29, 1967. It was a Cabinet-level interagency committee and terminated in 1969.

The Commission was established to develop an orderly phased program for carrying out the improvement of Pennsylvania Avenue. Commission recommended, in 1965, that Pennsylvania Avenue be declared a National Historic Site.

The Commission was composed of the Attorney General; Postmaster General; Secretaries of Commerce, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, and Health, Education, and Welfare; Administrator, General Services Administration; Chairman, Commission on Fine Arts; Chairman, National Capital Planning Commission; Director, National Gallery of Art; President, Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia; Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; and Architect of the Capitol.

Scope and Content Note

The records consists of memorandums, press releases, a proposal, reports and copies of various newspaper and magazine articles. Primary correspondents include the President, Henry Cashen, William Casselman, Dwight Chapin, John D. Ehrlichman, Peter Flanigan, H. R. Haldeman, Hubert H. Humphrey, Daniel P. Moynihan, Jonathan C. Rose and other members of the White House Staff and members of Congress. These files also contain correspondence from private citizens and representatives of various business institutions within the private sector.

Topics include the urban renewal program and the concerns of citizens, businessmen, and members of Congress of the plans and the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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