August 26, 1969


This almanac page for Tuesday, August 26, 1969, pulls together various records created by the federal government and links to additional resources which can provide context about the events of the day.

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Schedule and Public Documents

  • The Daily Diary files represent a consolidated record of the President's activities. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    The President's day began at The Western White House, San Clemente, California

  • The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents made available transcripts of the President's news conferences; messages to Congress; public speeches, remarks, and statements; and other Presidential materials released by the White House.


    • Disaster Assistance for New York (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1190, August 26, 1969)
      Announcement of Allocation of Federal Funds for Repair of Damage Caused by Heavy Rainfall and Flooding.

    Appointments and Nominations

    • General Accounting Office (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1191, August 26, 1969)
      Announcement of Intention To Nominate Robert F. Keller To Be Assistant Comptroller General of the United States.
    • Agency for International Development (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1191, August 26, 1969)
      Announcement of Intention To Nominate Ernest Stern To Be Assistant Administrator in Charge of Program and Policy Coordination.

    Awards and Citations

    • Presidential Unit Citation (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1190, August 26, 1969)
      Announcement of Award to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, and Troop F, 8th Cavalry, American Division, United States Army.

    Statements by the President

    • Labor Day, 1969 (5 Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. 1189, August 26, 1969)
      Statement by the President.

    Checklist of White House Press Releases

    The releases listed below, made public by the Office of the White House Press Secretary during the period covered by this issue, are not included in the issue.

    • Press conference of Dr. Lee A. Du Bridge, Science Adviser to the President, following meeting of the Environmental Quality Council.

    Digest of Other White House Announcements

    Following is a listing of items of general interest which were announced in the press but not made public as formal White House press releases during the period covered by this issue. Appointments requiring Senate approval are not included since they appear in the list of nominations submitted to the Senate, below.

    • The President will meet with President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz of Mexico to dedicate the Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande on September 8.
  • Each Public Papers of the Presidents volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the White House Office of the Press Secretary during the time period specified by the volume. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the text note.

    To ensure accuracy, remarks have been checked against audio recordings (when available) and signed documents have been checked against the original, unless otherwise noted. Editors have provided text notes and cross references for purposes of identification or clarity.

  • The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other Presidential documents.

Archival Holdings

  • The H. R. Haldeman Diaries consists of seven handwritten diaries, 36 dictated diaries recorded as sound recordings, and two handwritten audio cassette tape subject logs. The diaries and logs reflect H. R. Haldeman’s candid personal record and reflections on events, issues, and people encountered during his service in the Nixon White House. As administrative assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Haldeman attended and participated in public events and private meetings covering the entire scope of issues in which the Nixon White House engaged in during the years 1969-1973. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

  • The National Archives Catalog is the online portal to the records held at the National Archives, and information about those records. It is the main way of describing our holdings and also provides access to electronic records and digitized versions of our holdings. 

    The Catalog searches across multiple National Archives resources at once, including archival descriptions, digitized and electronic records, authority records, and web pages from and the Presidential Libraries. The Catalog also allows users to contribute to digitized historical records through tagging and transcription.

National Security Documents

  • The President's Daily Brief is the primary vehicle for summarizing the day-to-day sensitive intelligence and analysis, as well as late-breaking reports, for the White House on current and future national security issues. Read "The President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Nixon and Ford" to learn more.

  • The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. Visit the State Department website for more information.

    Vol. II, Organization and Management of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969-1972

    The NSC System

    Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Expansion of UN Headquarters

    Vol. XIX, Part 2, Japan, 1969-1972

    January-November 1969: The Decision for Okinawa Reversion

    • 18. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon , Washington, August 26, 1969

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 399, Subject Files, Textiles, Vol. I. Confidential. Sent for action. Bergsten sent this memorandum to Kissinger under an August 21 memorandum, recommending that he sign and send it to the President. Bergsten, in his memorandum to Kissinger, commented upon Stans’ proposal that the United States reserve the right to increase tariffs on textiles. Bergsten declared this proposal to be “one of the worst I have ever heard, for domestic political—let along foreign policy—reasons.” (Ibid.) Kissinger sent Stans a memorandum on September 2, informing him that Nixon wished to delay a decision on whether the United States would “reserve the right to withdraw its tariff concessions on textiles under the ʽopen seasonʼ provision of the GATT” until after the mid-September textile talks with Japan. (Ibid.)

    Vol. XX, Southeast Asia, 1969-1972


  • The Kissinger telephone conversation transcripts consist of approximately 20,000 pages of transcripts of Kissinger’s telephone conversations during his tenure as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (1969-1974) and Secretary of State (1973-1974) during the administration of President Richard Nixon. Visit the finding aid for more information.

    Digitized versions of many of these transcripts can be found on the Yale University Library website.

Audiovisual Holdings

  • The White House Photo Office collection consists of photographic coverage of President Richard Nixon meeting with prominent social, political, and cultural personalities; speaking engagements and news conferences of the President and various high-ranking members of the White House staff and Cabinet; Presidential domestic and foreign travel, including Presidential vacations; social events and entertainment involving the First Family, including entertainers present; official portraits of the President, First Family, and high-ranking members of the Nixon administration; the 1969 and 1973 Inaugurals; the President’s 1972 Presidential election campaign appearances (including speeches) and other official activities of the White House staff and the President’s Cabinet from January 20, 1969 until August 9, 1974 at the White House and the Old Executive Office Building; other locations in Washington, DC, such as The Mall; and the Presidential retreats in Camp David, Maryland, Key Biscayne, Florida, and San Clemente, California. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    Roll WHPO-1886 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1886-02-12, Meeting of the Environmental Quality Council. 8/26/1969, San Clemente, California Conference Room, Western White House. President Nixon, Burns, George Murphy, Romney, Hardin, Stans, Moynihan, Finch, Spiro Agnew, Volpe, unidentified others.

    Roll WHPO-1887 Photographer: Knudsen, Robert L. | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-1887-03-08, President Nixon outside the Western White House with Cleve Ryan. 8/26/1969, San Clemente, California Western White House, grounds. President Nixon, Cleve Ryan, Casper Weinberger.
    • Frame(s): WHPO-1887-09-14, President Nixon seated at his desk with Caspar Weinberger, Director Of Finance for the State of California. 8/26/1969, San Clemente, California Western White House, Presidential Office. President Nixon, Cleve Ryan, Casper Weinberger.
  • The White House Communications Agency Sound Recordings Collection contains public statements that took place between 1969 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    H - White House Staff Member Recordings

    • WHCA-SR-H-068
      Press briefing by Ronald Ziegler, Lee DuBridge, and Dr. Buckley. (8/26/1969, San Clemente Inn, San Clemente, California)

      Runtime: [N/A]

      Keywords: Press conferences, news conferences, interviews, media, press secretary

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by WHCA; Recorded by FMO (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.

    P - Formal Presidential Remarks

    • WHCA-SR-P-690826
      Filmed testimonials to Senator Hiram Fong and Ed Broyhill. (8/26/1969)

      Runtime: 3:10

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.

Context (External Sources)