January 16, 1971


This almanac page for Saturday, January 16, 1971, 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

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.

    Nixon Library Holdings

    All National Archives Units

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. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Chinese Representation in the United Nations

    • 321. Memorandum of Conversation, Washington, January 16, 1971

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, UN 6 CHICOM. Secret. Drafted by Jenkins.

    Vol. XXXIV, National Security Policy, 1969-1972

    The Defense Budget and Safeguard Phase III

    • 167. Minutes of Verification Panel Meeting, Washington, January 16, 1971, 10:05-11:10 a.m.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–107, Verification Panel Minutes, Originals, 1969–3/8/72 [3 of 6]. Top Secret. The meeting was held in the White House Situation Room.

    Vol. XXXVI, Energy Crisis, 1969-1974

    March 10, 1970-April 2, 1971

    • 72. Letter From President Nixon to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, Washington, January 16, 1971

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, NSC Institutional Files (H-Files), Box H–180, National Security Study Memoranda, NSSM 114. Secret. Irwin delivered this letter and identical ones to King Faisal and Shaikh Sabah during his mission to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. (Memorandum from Eliot to Kissinger, January 15; ibid., RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 15–1 IRAN)

    Vol. E-4, Documents on Iran and Iraq, 1969-1972

    Iran 1971

    • 110. Letter From President Nixon to the Shah of Iran, Washington, January 16, 1971

      Nixon expressed concern at the conflict between oil-producing countries and the oil companies, and dispatched Under Secretary Irwin to act as an intermediary.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 755, Presidential Correspondence, 1969–1974, Iran. No classification marking. Drafted at the Department of State on January 15 by Nicholas Veliotes (U). Identical letters were sent to the King of Saudi Arabia and the Emir of Kuwait

  • 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 Communications Agency Videotape Collection contains “off-the-air” recordings of televised programs produced between 1968 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    • WHCA-4111
      Weekly News Summary, Tape I.
      Runtime: 1:00

      1. Mudd: Steel prices and oil; U.S. Steel announces selected price increases averaging 6.8%; President Nixon grants 8 United States oil companies immunity from anti-trust laws. Time Code Start: 00:00. Keywords: metals, steel production, prices, petroleum, oil, businesses, organizations. Network: CBS.

      2. Mudd/Pierpoint: Presidential Advisor Henry Kissinger resigns from Harvard faculty to continue serving President Nixon as foreign affairs advisor (on film). Time Code Start: 01:12. Keywords: governmnent, officials, colleges, universities, faculty, teaching, professors, resignations. Network: CBS.

      3. Chancellor: Steel. Time Code Start: 03:10. Keywords: iron alloy, metals, steel production, costs, prices. Network: NBC.

      4. Chancellor: Secretary of Defense Laird returns. Time Code Start: 04:27. Keywords: military, cabinet, advisors, travel, trips, Vietnam War. Network: NBC.

      5. Valeriani: Undersecretary of State Irwin and the oil crisis. Time Code Start: 05:30. Keywords: energy, petroleum, drilling, oil supply, oil supplies, imports, shortages, cabinet, advisors. Network: NBC.

Context (External Sources)