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FG 6-4 (National Aeronautics and Space Council)

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Filed under the category FG (Federal Government-Organizations) are materials pertaining to matters such as establishment, disestablishment, organization, reorganization, audits, inspections, investigations, location, relocation, regulations, reports, appointments, and endorsements to top positions.

FG 6-4 files pertain to the National Aeronautics and Space Council's functions and personnel. Among the principal correspondents are the President; Chairman of the Council, Vice President Agnew; Executive Secretaries, E. C. Welsh and William Anders; Lee DuBridge; Peter Flanigan; Roy Ash; and George Shultz. Related materials in the Central Files are in subject categories

FG 6-9 Office of Science and Technology
FG 6-11-1/DuBridge, Lee DuBridge, Lee
FG 33-17 House Committee on Science and Aeronautics [Astronautics]
FG 36-1 Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences
FG 164 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
SC Sciences
SC 2-3 Meteorological Rockets and Satellites
UT 1 Communications Satellites


Activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Council (NASC) are documented in the Executive File, and reflected through reports such as the President's Annual Report to Congress, the Council's weekly reports to the President, and its progress reports on Aerospace Manufacturing and Air Transport Industries Study. Other materials include meeting agendas and correspondence on a variety of topics which include the Ash Council recommendation to abolish the NASC; arguments for retaining the Council and recommendations for its future; Council participation in the review of the problem of international technology transfer; NASC views on the SST program; nuclear safety review; cooperation with the European space community; earth resources survey satellites; aerospace industry research and development; aerospace industry unemployment; an advisory panel's report on space shuttle configurations proposed by NASA; and administrative matters such as personnel appointments and the preparation and distribution of reports.

Materials in the General file pertain to the position of Executive Secretary of the NASC; a proposal for using the capabilities of the aerospace industry in other areas of management and technology; an Apollo flight memento; and two articles by NASA historian Eugene Emme entitled "The Challenge of Space," and "Space, Past and Future." Mr. Emme was considered for the position of Executive Secretary of the NASC.

FG 6-4/A

The Executive file contains documents about the nomination of and the swearing-in ceremony of William Anders as Executive Secretary of the National Aeronautics and Space Council.

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