FG 289 (National Commission on Productivity) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

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  • Linear measurement of materials:   3 in.
  • Number of pages:   700
Organizational Note

The National Commission on Productivity was first proposed by the President in his speech on the economy, June 17, 1970 and established by the President on July 10 of that year. Congress formalized the role of the Commission in the Economic Stabilization Act Amendments of 1971 (85 Stat. 744). The Commission recommended ways to further economic productivity through free enterprise, promote worker motivation, promote sound wage and price policies, improve competitiveness on the world market, and foster cooperation between  labor and management.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, meeting agendas,  reports, personnel actions, and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President, George Shultz, Peter Flanigan, Dwight Chapin, H. R. Haldeman,  John D. Ehrlichman, and Jerry Jones. Topics include economic vitality, the level of national economic production, the development of new technologies, and  competition for U.S. industries in the world market. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 289 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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