FG 319 (Commission on Highway Beautification) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Linear measurement of materials:   1 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:   200
Organizational Note

The Commission on Highway Beautification was established by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-605) to study and make recommendations on the implementation of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 and the enhancement of the natural beauty along the nation's highways. The Commission studied all aspects of beautification along federal-aid highways, from the regulation of outdoor advertising and junkyards adjacent to such highways to methods of financing beautification. The Commission consisted of two majority and two minority members of the Senate Committee on Public Works appointed by the President of the Senate; two majority and two minority members of the House Committee on Public Works appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and three members appointed by the President. During 1972, the Commission conducted seven public hearings across the country on highway beautification. It refined the information gathered in these hearings in a series of public seminars held throughout 1973. 

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence , memorandums, reports, press releases, and personnel actions. Primary correspondents include the President, Peter Flanigan, Transportation Secretary John Volpe, Noble Melencamp, John Campbell, Roland L. Elliott, Daniel T. Kingsley, and the Commission's chairman, Representative Jim Wright. Topics include funding for the Commission, the results of the public hearings and seminars conducted by the Commission, coordination with private groups and public agencies on highway beautification issues, and appointments to the Commission. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 319 generally to determine the source of the materials. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, Members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests. 

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