FG 54 (Courts of the District of Columbia) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials 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 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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 restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   < 6 in.
  • Number of pages:   950
Organizational Note

In addition to the jurisdiction exercised as constitutional courts under Article III  of the Constitution,  the Court of Appeals and the District Court in the District of Columbia determine cases on many local matters. This jurisdiction was conferred upon these courts by the Congress in the exercise of the exclusive sovereignty over the District of Columbia delegated (outlined in) to it under Article  I, section 8, of the Constitution.

Scope and Content Note

The subject category is composed of correspondence, memorandums, press releases, and personnel actions. Primary correspondents include the President, Attorney General, William Timmons, John D. Ehrlichman, Richard Cook, Clark MacGregor, Frederic Malek, other Senior White House Staff Member, and the  Mayor-Commissioners of the District of Columbia. Topics include the nomination, recommendation, appointment, resignation and retirement  of those who  served on the bench of the Courts of the District of Columbia.

The Executive files typically contain communications among White House staff members and with heads of agencies, members of Congress and other important correspondents. Although General file material overlaps in type with that of the Executive files - most notably in that both files usually contain exchanges with members of Congress - it is more likely to be composed primarily of communications with state and local officials, representatives of concerned organizations, and the general public.

FG 54-1 District of Columbia Court of General Sessions

FG 54-2 District of Columbia Court of Appeals

FG 54-3 Juvenile Court

FG 54-4 Tax Court of the District of Columbia

FG 54-5 Superior Court of the District of Columbia


For District Courts of the District of Columbia, SEE: FG 53/FG #

For U.S. Court of Appeals- DC, SEE: FG 52/FG #

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