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The Main Motion Film File Collection features Nixon footage filmed between 1953 and 1974.

  • The Collection contains 619 titles of mostly 16mm black and white sound on film picture rolls.


  • Motion films from the pre-Presidential era were deeded by private individuals to the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Presidential period films were deposited by organizations and individuals with the White House theater

Some film titles were determined to be the private-personal materials of President Nixon, have been returned to his estate, and are available from the Nixon Library Foundation.

Title Listing


  • domestic and foreign trips
  • political spots for various Nixon campaigns
  • films produced by government agencies
  • educational films
  • Nixon speeches and press conferences
  • kinescopes of television broadcasts and newsreel footage

The Title Listing Finding Aid is organized by date of accession and includes:

  • copyright information
  • subject matter
  • participants
  • dates
  • geographic location
  • applicable restrictions  [See Also:  Restrictions]

Restriction Status  [See Also:  Restriction Codes]

  • Some of this material is withdrawn.

Copyright Information  [See Also:  Copyright Policy Restrictions on Audiovisual Materials]

Much of the material is copyrighted.

How to Get Copies  [See Also:  Obtaining Audiovisual Materials]

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