FG 293 (National Commission on Libraries and Information Science) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   7 in.
  • Number of pages:   1500
Organizational Note

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The Commission was established by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Act of July 20, 1970 (84 Stat. 440). The mandate of the Commission was to plan and advise on methods to meet national needs for libraries and information services. It conducted studies, surveys, and regional hearings to discern those needs and coordinated public and private sector efforts in library and information science improvement.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, reports, recommendations, and personnel actions. Primary correspondents include Stephen Bull, William Timmons, Ken Cole, Wilfred Rommel, George Shultz, John Ehrlichman, Fred Malek, and Tod Hullin. Topics include the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act Amendments of 1970, appropriations for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (NEA and NEH), their relationship with the Commission, agency recommendations on the Commission's structure, bequests and gifts to the Commission, and the status of the nation's libraries, including user needs, the use of technology, and legal and financial support. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 293 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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