FG 271 (Cabinet-Level Working Group to Explore Executive Branch Assistance to Local Communities) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Linear measurement of materials:   1 in.
  • Number of pages:   200
Organizational Note

The Cabinet-Level Working Group to Explore Executive Branch Assistance to Local Communities (also called: Cabinet Committee on Education; or, Vice President's Committee on School Desegregation). This informal Cabinet-Level Working Group was established by President Richard M. Nixon in his Statement About Assistance to Local Communities for School Desegregation Plans, February 16, 1970.  The Working Group reviewed the assistance given by the executive branch to school districts affected by the Supreme Court decision in Alexander v. Holmes County (MS) Board of Education. The Working Group was chaired by the Vice President.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of memorandums, correspondence, press releases, and reports. Primary correspondents include the President, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, Bryce Harlow, Leonard Garment, John Ehrlichman, William Hopkins, George Shultz, Kenneth Cole, H. R. Haldeman, Ronald Ziegler, and Robert C. Mardian. Topics include compensatory education, school desegregation, and the inter-racial educational experience.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 271 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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