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The subject category for Former Presidents (FG 2, FG 2-1 - FG 2-35) includes correspondence and visits by President Nixon and the White House Staff with former Presidents and their families as well as legislation, ceremonial events, memorabilia, institutions, literature and historical studies relating to former Presidents. Frequent correspondents include: President Nixon, Mr. and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson, Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, Peter Flanigan, Gen. Alexander Haig, Gen. Richard Lawson, the Special Assistant to the President for Liaison with Former Presidents, Gen. Robert Shultz; Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Gerald Warren and Rose Mary Woods.

The Executive file category within this subject category includes the correspondence of the President, White House Staff and Administration officials with heads of state, members of Congress, political party members, personal acquaintances and business, patriotic and special interest organizations. The General file category mainly contains correspondence of the President and White House Staff with members of Congress, business, patriotic and special interest organizations and the general public. Many of the same subjects and correspondents, however, may be found in both files.

Related materials may be found in the following subject categories:

FE 3-1, 3-2 Deaths, Funerals, Wreathlaying
FE 7-1 Flags
FE 7-2-1 President's Seal
FG 1-2 Personal Representatives of the President
GI 2 Gifts to the President
IV Invitations
PA Parks - Monuments
PP 13 President's Personal Data
PR 5 Autographs, Photographs, Holographs
PR 15 Public Opinion Polls
WH 2, 5, 9, 11 White House Administration: Buildings, Personnel Management, Telecommunications, Vehicles


These subject categories include materials relating to the Presidential Transition Act, comparisons of past Administrations' speeches, composition of Congress, Cabinets, press conferences and funerals; wreathlaying ceremonies, commemorative events, quotations and studies associated with former Presidents. Among many topics found in these files are the White House Reception for Adams family descendents on the occasion of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the John Quincy and Louisa Adams portraits; the Buchanan Trust; Lincoln Day Republican dinners; the proposed pardon of Dr. Samuel Mudd; the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (Ill.); the restoration of Robert E. Lee's citizenship; the Andrew Johnson impeachment effort; the White House "Fish Room" - renamed "Roosevelt Room"; Camp Hoover and the piano presented to President Harry Truman by President Nixon. These subject categories also provide information concerning the funerals of Presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower, and correspondence from President Nixon and the White House Staff with former Presidents and their relatives.

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