FG 373 (National Commission for the Observance of World Population Year) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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.

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Organizational Note

The National Commission for the Observance of world Population Year was established January 17, 1974 by Executive Order No. 11763. It is an ad hoc Presidential advisory committee. The Commission concluded its work on June 30, 1975, and submitted its report to the President on its work within thirty days of the end of the year, at which time the Commission was terminated.

The Commission was established to promote appropriate observance in the United States of World Population Year, 1974. It seeks to create a better understanding of the causes, nature, scope and consequences of the problem of population growth, both national and international, and the relationship of this problem to the equality of human life. The Commission is informed of activities undertaken or planned by various organization and groups in the United States in observance of the Year.

The Commission consists of 20 members appointed by the President from among citizens in private life.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, executive nominations, executive orders and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President and White House Staff, including General Brent G. Scowcroft, Frederic V. Malek, Kenneth R.Cole, Jr., David J. Wimer, James H. Cavanaugh, Leonard Garment, William E. Timmons and David R. Gergen.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 373 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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