FG 332 (National Commission on Individual Rights) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   17
Organizational Note

The National Commission on Individual Rights was established by President Nixon as a Presidential advisory committee by Title XII of P.L. 91-452 dated October 15, 1970. This Title was repealed by provisions of P.L. 91-644, which established the National Commission for the Review of Federal and State Laws Relating to Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance. Consequently, the National Commission on Individual Rights was never formally established. The Commission was to have conducted a comprehensive study and review of federal laws and practices relating to special grand juries, dangerous special offender sentencing, wiretapping and electronic surveillance, bail reform and preventive detention, no-knock search warrants and the accumulation of data on individuals by federal agencies as authorized by law or executive action.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, notes, reports and news clippings. Primary correspondents include the President, Charles W. Sandman and Max L. Friedersdorf. Topics include nomination of Committee members and the status of the Committee itself.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 332 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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