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H. R. HaldemanThe Presidential Historical materials of Harry R. Haldeman, Assistant to the President, 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 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. 1695) and implementing regulatioins. In accordance with the Act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify personal and private materials and nonhistorical items. These items have been returned to H. R. Haldeman.

Materials covered by the Act have been archivally processed and are described in this register. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the Act and regulations have ben removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (GSA Form 7279) with a description of each restricted document has been inserted at the beginning of each folder from which materials have been removed. A Document Control Record marks the original position of the withdrawn item.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 restriction. Certain classified documents may be declassified under authority of Executive Order 12958 in response to a Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear feet of materials:   147.33
  • Approximate number of pages:   353,600

Biographical Note

1926 October 27 Born in Los Angeles, California

1944-1946 Served with U.S. Naval Reserves

1948 B.S. in Business Administration, University of California, Los Angeles, California

1949-1959 Account Executive, J. Walter Thompson Company, Los Angeles, California, and New York City, New York

1956 Advance for Richard Nixon's Vice Presidential Campaign

1960 Tour Manager for Richard Nixon's Presidential Campaign

1960-1968 Vice President and Manager, Los Angeles Office of J. Walter Thompson Company

1962 Manager, Richard Nixon's Gubernatorial Campaign in California

1968 Chief of Staff, Richard Nixon's Presidential Campaign

1969-1973 Assistant to the President

1973 April 30 Resigned as Assistant to the President

1975 January 1 Convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury, served 18 months

H. R. Haldeman's Staff

Although Haldeman's area of responsibility covered most of the White House, he had only three aides in his personal office: Lawrence M. (Larry) Higby, his administrative assistant, Gordon Strachan, and Bruce Kehrli, staff assistants. They were primarily concerned with following up Haldeman's directives to see that deadlines were met, to assure that background material on particular meetings went to the President, to arrange Haldeman's schedule, and to take care of other "housekeeping duties." Three secretaries were also assigned to this staff.

Other White House aides also worked within Haldeman's purview. They were Dwight L. Chapin, Ron Walker, Mark Goode, David Parker, Alexander P. Butterfield, Jon Meade Huntsman, Stephen Bull and William E. Timmons.

During the reelection campaign, the President's campaign organization reported to Haldeman.

Scope and Content Note

The files reflect Harry Robbins (H. R.) Haldeman's role as President Richard M. Nixon's chief administrative assistant and chief of staff for the period January 21, 1969, through May 19, 1973. However, Haldeman's official title was Assistant to the President. Haldeman acted as staff manager, timekeeper, and communications director. Haldeman also directed the activities of the President's Appointments Secretary and the White House Staff Secretary. In these roles Haldeman worked directly with the President in planning President Nixon's daily schedule, provided the President with information he requested from the members of his staff and the members of his administration, and relayed instructions from the President to other White House offices and members of the Executive branch of the Government. Haldeman was the first to see the President officially in the morning and the last to see him at night. With a few exceptions, Haldeman controlled who saw the President and what the President read. Haldeman received copies of memorandums and letters written by senior staff members and assistants. Haldeman had no independent schedule. His schedule was that of the President.

The materials are arranged into eight series:

  1. H.R. Haldeman Personal Files
  2. Alpha Name Files
  3. Alpha Subject Files
  4. Chron[ological] Files
  5. Larry Higby Files
  6. 1960 Campaign Files **
  7. 1962 Campaign Files **
  8. 1972 Presidential Election Campaign Files

The types of records found in these series include original incoming letters and memoranda; transmittal letters and staff memoranda for correspondence, reports, telegrams, cables and teletype messages; printed materials, brochures, and magazine reprints; preservation copies of newspaper and magazine clippings; cross reference sheets to other file materials; and withdrawal sheets for materials either transferred as audio-visual or museum items or restricted for national security or privacy reasons.

** These series fall outside of the Presidential Materials date coverage and are considered Haldeman's personal property and were returned to him.

Series Description

Boxes:   1-48
Series:   H. R. Haldeman Personal Files
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   Includes personal letters, congratulatory and Congressional letters, voter registration materials, genealogy material, and invitations, both accepted and declined, to events in various states. Information and materials regarding the following topics are also included in this series: TV interviews re: "Today Show," staff departures, the 1973 Budget, reorganization of the Executive Branch, polls on the Vietnam cease-fire, HRH Talking papers, and announcements regarding appointments. This series consists of material of the following forms: originals, carbon, electrostatic copies, audio-visual material (photographs, dictabelts and cassettes), printed materials, preservation copies of newspaper clippings, cables and telegrams, handwritten notes, including those of meetings with the President, the Cabinet, and his staff.

This series is further divided into sections as follows:

  • Boxes:   1
    Section:   Alpha subject
    Spans:   1968
    Description:   [Box contains withdrawal sheets only]
  • Boxes:   2-25
    Section:   Alpha Subject & Chron. Files
    Spans:   1969 - 1973
  • Boxes:   26
    Section:   Calendars
    Spans:   1970 - 1973
  • Boxes:   27-31
    Section:   Telephone Memoranda (logs and notes)
    Spans:   1970 - 1973
  • Boxes:   32-34
    Section:   Journals; Tape Logs
    Spans:   1969-1970; 1972
    Description:   [These donated items are shelved in parallel boxes with the withdrawn materials, restricted codes A-F; these three boxes contain only withdrawal sheets.] (As of July 1994 these donated materials are available for research; please contact the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff for more information).
  • Boxes:   35-48
    Section:   Handwritten Notes
    Spans:   1968 - 1973

Boxes:   49-111
Series:   Alpha Name Files
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   This series consists of letters and memos to staff members, Cabinet members, and various other individuals, regarding various official matters and subjects, such as the proposed Nixon Library, New York welfare difficulties, the telephone system in the White House, urban crises, the White House Library, Cabinet meetings, President's reactions to daily news summaries, and the moon landing. Also, there are materials dealing with social affairs at the White House, IRS tax returns, the Apollo 13 accident, White House conference on "American Youth Attitudes," RNC matters, the eighteen year old vote, the Haynsworth nomination, fundraising, Presidential salary and pension, the President's position against abortion, placement of defeated candidates, leaks, use of milk producers' money, revenue sharing, media coverage, campus opposition, SST/Aerospace, Presidential accessibility, cost-saving ideas, demonstrations regarding Vietnam, POW/MIA wives, White House worship services, Eisenhower dollars, USSR trip, Watergate, and the 1972 campaign.

This series consists of photocopies, carbons, and original copies as well as handwritten notes of the first Cabinet meeting. Arrangement is by name and then proceeds in chronological order by month: January 1969 to April 1973.

This series is further divided into sections as follows:

  • Boxes:   49-72
    Section:   Agnew to Ziegler
    Spans:   January 1969 - January 1971
  • Boxes:   73-108
    Section:   Allin to Ziegler
    Spans:   February 1971 - December 1972, January 1973
  • Boxes:   109-111
    Section:   Agnew to Ziegler
    Spans:   February - April 1973

Boxes:   112-192
Series:   Alpha Subject Files
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   In this series there are original letters and memoranda, handwritten notes, carbons, news service wires, transmittal memos, Haldeman's confidential subject files, and action memos, regarding the following subjects: the President's African trip, political planning and strategy, speechwriting problems, defense purchases, ITT, the administration's stance on Vietnam, International Economic Policy, revenue-sharing, the Secret Service, federal judgeships, letters to supporters of Vietnam policy, ambassadorial appointments and ambassador list, the President's support of the Arts, the President's Award for the Arts, black caucus, the 1968 bombing halt, Cambodia, 1972 campaign, post-China trip, Committee of Six (problems with Republican Party, Edith Efron), testimony before Ervin Committee, goals for first administration, election reform, funeral activities for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Committee, Administration's labor policy, weekly news summaries, Nixon's political philosophy, Pentagon Papers (access to documents for Daniel Ellsberg, Power Crisis), the energy situation, school desegregation, staff privileges, and drafts of speeches and talking papers.

The action memos were originated by Haldeman. Some are indicated for staff members, and some are not. There are both originals and carbon copies. Also some have attachments, while still others are annotated indicating action taken.

The Confidential Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by the subject title of each folder. The period covered is 1968 to 1973.

This series is further divided into sections as follows:

  • Boxes:   112-128
    Section:   A - J
    Spans:   1969 - 1972
  • Boxes:   129-145
    Section:   L - R
    Spans:   1969 - 1972
  • Boxes:   146-159
    Section:   S - Z
    Spans:   1969 - 1972
  • Boxes:   160-178
    Section:   S - Z
    Spans:   1969 - 1973
  • Boxes:   179-181
    Section:   H. R. Haldeman Tapes, Memos and Notes
    Spans:   Spring 1973
    Description:   [Filing to be integrated into subject files]
  • Boxes:   182-192
    Section:   Haldeman's Confidential Subject Files

Boxes:   193-245
Series:   Chron[ological] Files
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   This series consists of carbons of all outgoing letters from H. R. Haldeman written by his staff assistants, primarily Larry Higby. There are also letters and memos to and from President Nixon, George J. Collins, John Dean, Larry Higby, Bruce Kehrli, John Mitchell, Gordon Strachan, and the staff secretary. Also included in this category are John Brown III, Jon Huntsman, and Bruce Kehrli. This material is arranged in chronological order.

Boxes 193 and 194 include withdrawal sheets for materials covering the period Nov. 1961 - Oct. 1962.

This series is further divided into sections as follows:

  • Boxes:   193-194
    Section:   H. R. Haldeman Chron - Chron Carbons
    Spans:   November 1961 - October 1962
    Description:   [Empty: Boxes includes withdrawal sheet only]
  • Boxes:   195-198
    Section:   H. R. Haldeman Chron
    Spans:   March 1969 - December 1971
  • Boxes:   199-202
    Section:   H. R. Haldeman Chron
    Spans:   January 1972 - April 1973
  • Boxes:   203
    Section:   George Collins Chron
    Spans:   June - December 1972; January 1973
  • Boxes:   204-205
    Section:   John Dean Chron
    Spans:   February - December 1971; January - September 1972; 1972-1973
  • Boxes:   206
    Section:   Larry Higby Chron Files - Outdated Chron File
    Spans:   January - March 1969
  • Boxes:   207
    Section:   Larry Higby Chron Files - California
    Spans:   1969
  • Boxes:   208-210
    Section:   Larry Higby Chron Files - Alpha Name Chron
    Spans:   1969 - 1971
    Description:   1971 folders empty
  • Boxes:   211-214
    Section:   Larry Higby Chron Files - Higby Chron
    Spans:   1969 - 1970
  • Boxes:   215-216
    Section:   Larry Higby
    Spans:   January - December 1971
  • Boxes:   217-224
    Section:   Larry Higby
    Spans:   January 1972 - May 1973
  • Boxes:   225-226
    Section:   Bruce Kehrli
    Spans:   January 1971 - January 1972
  • Boxes:   227
    Section:   John Mitchell
    Spans:   1971 - 1972
  • Boxes:   228-230
    Section:   Presidential Memos
    Spans:   1969 - 1972
  • Boxes:   231-241
    Section:   Gordon Strachan
    Spans:   March 1971 - December 1972
  • Boxes:   242-245
    Section:   Staff Secretary: Haldeman Memos
    Spans:   January 1970 - June 1971

Boxes:   246-289
Series:   [Lawrence M.] Larry Higby
Spans:   1969 - 1973
Description:   In this series are Larry Higby's telephone logs, handwritten notes, reading files, and subject files. The telephone logs and memos cover the period 1969-1973 and are telephone memorandum log sheets. The telephone messages are on memo paper. The handwritten notes for the most part are undated and are unorganized. The topics in the subject file vary greatly and pertain to personnel, administrative matters, transition, tax reform, SST, Richard Nixon Library, anti-war demonstrations, polls, ABM, Watergate, USSR wheat deal, CREP funds, fundraising for outside groups, postal reform, leaks to press, executive pay cut, D.C. Crime Bill, IRS control, milk producers, SCLC/Resurrection City, gun control, busing, the White House taping system, wage price control, Pentagon papers, Congressional relations, [annotated] news summaries, ITT, gift tax - political contributions, and overall campaign strategy.

There are originals, carbons, and electrostatic copies present in Higby's subject files.

This series is further divided into sections as follows:

  • Boxes:   246-250
    Section:   Higby Telephone Memoranda
    Spans:   1969 - 1973
  • Boxes:   251-256
    Section:   Higby Handwritten Notes
    Spans:   1969 - 1973
  • Boxes:   257
    Section:   Higby Personal files
    Spans:   1969 - 1972
  • Boxes:   258
    Section:   Higby Reading Files
    Spans:   1971 - 1973
  • Boxes:   258-260
    Section:   Higby FYI Files
    Spans:   1971 - 1973
  • Boxes:   261-289
    Section:   Higby Subject Files
    Spans:   1969 - 1973

Boxes:   290
Series:   1960 Campaign Files
Description:   Ten boxes of materials withdrawn under restriction code G (private and personal material); Box 290 contains the withdrawal sheets.

Boxes:   291
Series:   1962 Campaign Files
Spans:  
Description:   Twenty-two boxes of materials withdrawn under restriction code G (private and personal material); Box 291 contains the withdrawal sheets.

Boxes:   292-422
Series:   1972 Presidential Election Campaign Files
Description:   This series is composed of Alpha Subject files relating to the 1972 Presidential campaign. Most of these files were those of Gordon Strachan, a staff assistant to H. R. Haldeman. The materials is these subject files vary greatly even though they all pertain to the election campaign.

The topics and/or subjects cover political matters, finances, milk money, campaign advertising, spending, task forces, direct mail program, watches on "Democratic contenders," RNC convention, control of RNC finances, RNC chairmanship, political intelligence and polls, political strategy in primaries and Presidential campaigns, Daniel Ellsberg, leaks, convention operations, activities at DNC, Democrats for Nixon, Youth for Nixon, fundraising (contribution list, fundraising letters, and CRP budget), voter registration, Black vote, Black Nixon supporters, Women's vote, political briefings (by states), political enemies, political dirty tricks, National Election Media Plan, Senate races, Dump Agnew, Dump Nixon move, contact lists (academicians, bankers, business, cultural, intellectual leaders, publishers and editors, and religious leaders), ORC bills and payment, spokesman resources program, national telephone survey, Strachan reports to H. R. Haldeman, Magruder's project, and Huston Potomac associates.

These documents are originals, carbons, electrostatic copies, handwritten notes, and transmittal memos.

The cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes of Nixon's campaign songs, radio commercials, and a recording of a staff supper have been transferred to the audiovisual unit.

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