FG 246 (James Madison Memorial 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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   < 1 in.
  • Number of pages:   10
Organizational Note

The James Madison Memorial Commission was established by act, April 8, 1960 (74 Stat. 37). The Commission considered and formulated plans for the design, construction, and location, of a permanent memorial to James Madison in the District of Columbia. The memorial considered and formulated became the James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, a press release, and an obituary. Primary correspondents include the President, Charles B. Wilkinson, Clinton M. Hester, and Daniel T. Kingsley. Topics include the death of Clinton M. Hester, Chair of the Commission, and the appointment of Benjamin E. Powell to fill Hester's vacancy.  

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 246 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. 

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