March 18, 1970


This almanac page for Wednesday, March 18, 1970, 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 White House - Washington, D. C.

  • 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.

    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 announced the appointment of Christian A. Herter, Jr., of New York City as a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission-United States and Canada.
    • The President announced the reappointment of Jane Engelhard of Far Hills, N.J., as a member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board for a term of 5 years from March 9, 1970.
    • The President announced the appointment of Clarence A. Weberg of Juneau, Alaska, to be the Deputy United States Commissioner on the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission.
  • 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.

  • The Congressional Record is the official daily record of the debates and proceedings of the U.S. Congress.

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

    The Intelligence Community and the White House

    Managing the Department of State

    Vol. XXIX, Eastern Europe, 1969-1972


    • 137. Memorandum for the Record , Washington, March 18, 1970

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 834, Name Files, Sonnenfeldt, Helmut. Confidential. Sent for information. Drafted by Sonnenfeldt. The original was sent to Kissinger and a copy was sent to Ash. Copies were also sent to Haig and Lord.

    Vol. XXIX, Eastern Mediterranean, 1969-1972


    Vol. XXXII, SALT I, 1969-1972

    Opening Round at Helsinki and Preparations for Vienna, November 17, 1969-April 15, 1970

    Vol. E-2, Documents on Arms Control and Nonproliferation, 1969-1972

    Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; Implementation of Safeguard System

    • 47. Journal Entry by the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (Seaborg) , Washington, March 18, 1970

      Seaborg briefly summarized his meeting on NPT with Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin and attached the talking points of the discussion. These talking points emphasized cooperation, IAEA organization, and the identification of IAEA objectives. These goals included safeguarding NPT negotiations, the maintenance of an effective and credible system, encouraging acceptance in reluctant nations, and the creation of a resolution for a focused forum of discussion with specific time limits.

      Source: Journal of Glenn T. Seaborg, volume 21, pp. 524, and 532–538. No classification marking.

    Vol. E-10, Documents on American Republics, 1969-1972

    Dominican Republic

    • 275. Telegram 620 From the Embassy in the Dominican Republic to the Department of State, March 18, 1970, 1635Z. , March 18, 1970, 1635Z

      Ambassador Meloy discussed the upcoming elections with President Balaguer. During the meeting, the Ambassador reminded Balaguer that the United States remained neutral, supported an orderly transfer of power, and strongly opposed any change through violent means.

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 15–1 DOM REP. Confidential. It was repeated to USCINCSO and USCINCLANT for POLADS. In telegram 598 from Santo Domingo, March 15, Meloy reported that he had relayed the same information to Sacha Volman of the PRD. (Ibid., POL 14 DOM REP)

  • 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-3183 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3183-01-15, President Nixon attending Cabinet meeting. 3/18/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Cabinet Room. President Nixon, Cabinet members.

    Roll WHPO-3184 Photographer: Atkins, Oliver | Color or B&W: B&W

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3184-01-14, Cabinet Meeting. 3/18/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Cabinet Room. President Nixon.

    Roll WHPO-3185 Photographer: Kightlinger, Jack | Color or B&W: Color

    • Frame(s): WHPO-3185-03-36, Cabinet Meeting. 3/18/1970, Washington, D.C. White House, Cabinet Room. President Nixon.
  • 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-3656
      "News in Perspective" Special on Environmental Pollution.
      All networks
      Runtime: 01:05:00

Context (External Sources)