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Early Closure Hours

In observance of federal holidays, please be aware the research room will close at 12 p.m. noon on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 24
  • Monday, December 31

The research room is closed on Federal holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Plan Your Visit

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, CA is home to the Nixon Presidential Materials (textual, photographs, sound and moving images), Nixon White House Tapes, Nixon pre and post-Presidential Materials, the museum galleries, President Nixon's birthplace, and the Presidential Helicopter (Army/Marine One).

Only copies of the White House Tapes remain at the National Archives Building in College Park, Maryland.

Click the links below to learn about our collections and visiting our research room.

PLEASE SEE OUR HOURS BELOW FOR HOLIDAY EARLY CLOSURE INFORMATION!

  • Research Room Hours in Yorba Linda, California

    Day:   Monday - Friday 
    Time:   9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    In observance of federal holidays, please be aware the research room will close at 12 p.m. noon on the following dates:

    • Monday, December 24
    • Monday, December 31

    When Materials Can be Requested

    We perform the first pull for a new researcher on demand. Subsequent boxes may ordered at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Request slips submitted after 3:30 p.m. will be available at 9:30 a.m. the following day.

  • Location

    Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum 
    18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard 
    Yorba Linda, California   92886

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    Driving Directions

    From DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES: Go south on Interstate 5 to Highway 91. Take Highway 91 east to Highway 57. Take Highway 57-North and exit Yorba Linda Boulevard. Head east (turn right) on Yorba Linda Boulevard and proceed to the Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    From LOS ANGELES AIRPORT (LAX): Take Sepulveda to Interstate 105-East to Interstate 605-South to Highway 91-East to Highway 57-North and exit Yorba Linda Boulevard. Head east (turn right) on Yorba Linda Boulevard and proceed to the Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    From SAN DIEGO: Go north on Interstate 5 to Highway 57. Take Highway 57-North and exit Yorba Linda Boulevard. Head east (turn right) on Yorba Linda Boulevard and proceed to the Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    From ANAHEIM: Take Katella Avenue to Highway 57. Take Highway 57-North and exit Yorba Linda Boulevard. Head east (turn right) on Yorba Linda Boulevard and proceed to the Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    From JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT (SNA): Head north on Highway 55. Merge onto Highway 91 and exit at Imperial Highway. Turn left and go north on Imperial Highway and proceed to Yorba Linda Boulevard. Turn left and proceed to Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    From RIVERSIDE and SAN BERNARDINO: take Highway 91 to Imperial Highway. Go north on Imperial Highway and proceed to Yorba Linda Boulevard. Turn left and proceed to Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard.

    Parking

    Visitor parking is free.

    Transportation

    Public Transportation:

    The Library is near the 131, 20, and 26 lines on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus lines; OCTA has trip planners and a system map available.

    Distance from Local Airports

    • From John Wayne Airport (SNA):  20 miles
    • From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):  41 miles

    Accommodations

    Yorba Linda 

    Country Side Suites
    22677 Oakcrest Cir.
    Phone: 714-921-8688
    (7.15 miles)

    Anaheim Hills

    Best Western
    5710 E. La Palma
    Phone: 714-779-0252
    (2.92 miles)

    Fairfield Inn
    201 North Via Cortez St.
    Phone: (714) 921-1100
    (3.75 miles)

    Fullerton

    Marriott 
    2701 E. Nutwood Ave. (on Cal State Fullerton campus)
    Phone: 714-738-7800
    (4.56 miles)

    Placentia

    Residence Inn by Marriott
    700 W. Kimberly Ave.
    Phone: 714-996-0555
    (5.51 miles)

    Brea

    Embassy Suites
    900 E. Birch (behind the Brea Mall)
    Phone: 714-990-6000
    (5.03 miles)

  • When planning for your research visit, please:

    1. Provide advance notice of your visit and research topic, if possible.
       
    2. Bring some type of government issued photo identification (drivers license, passport).
       
    3. Note that reproducing the Nixon White House Tapes requires researchers to bring reproduction supplies (blank CD-Rs).

    Paper, notecards, and pencils are provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA staff must approve and stamp materials necessary for research, such as loose-leaf notes, lists, or references.

    You may bring small personal items, such as hand-held wallets or coin purses into research rooms, but they are subject to inspection when you enter or leave. Items not needed for research (such as briefcases, boxes, satchels, valises, purses, or other large bags) must be placed in a locker. Staff will issue you a lock for the locker.

    Contact us if you have any questions about your research visit.

  • Upon your arrival at the Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, you will be greeted at the reception desk.

    Security will check all bags and escort researchers to the Research Room. Museum admission is not required to conduct research. Researchers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    1. Staff will issue you a researcher's card and discuss the general procedures for research.
       
    2. After registration, you will receive an orientation by an archivist, including proper procedures for use of the materials, followed by discussion your research topic.  
  • Presidential Materials, including:

    • Textual--staff member and office files, subject files, name files, National Security files, Federal records, Haldeman diaries, oral histories, and exit interviews
       
    • Audiovisual--approximately 500,000 photographs, 700 hours of film, over 4,000 hours of "off air" video recordings, and 4,469 audio recordings
       
    • Nixon White House Tapes--copies of the publicly available tapes, totaling approximately 2,371 hours
       
    • Presidential and Vice Presidential Gifts - over 3,000 

    Materials deeded by Richard Nixon to the National Archives in the late 1960's which were housed at the NARA Pacific Region Branch in Laguna Niguel, California. This pre-Presidential collection was transferred to Yorba Linda in August 2006.

    The Nixon Presidential Returned Materials Collections were deeded by the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation to the National Archives and Records Administration on July 11, 2007. These materials were returned to Richard Nixon and his estate after materials within the White House Central Files and White House Special Files (as well as the later Contested Materials) were determined to be of a personal or political nature.

    The pre and post-Presidential materials, including audiovisual materials, maintained by the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation archive department after 1990 remain in the legal custody of the Foundation. They are, however, administered by the Nixon Library staff. Copyright of these materials continues to be held by the Foundation.

  • Richard Nixon's presidency is one of the most well-documented administrations in American history. The Nixon presidential materials collection contains approximately 4,000 separate recordings of broadcast video, nearly 4,500 audio recordings, 30,000 gifts from foreign heads of states, American citizens, and others, 300,000 still photographs, 2 million feet of film, 46 million pages of documents, and 3,700 hours of recorded presidential conversations (the famous "White House tapes").

    Since 1974, these materials have been maintained by the National Archives under the authority of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservations Act (PRMPA). Congress enacted PRMPA in response to news that President Nixon, only weeks after resigning office, had concluded an arrangement with the head of the General Services Administration that would have allowed him to destroy materials in the collection. PRMPA stipulated that the documents and other materials would remain in the government's possession, and further required that the collection stay within 50 miles of Washington, D.C.

    The passage of PRMPA resulted in more than two decades of litigation over the Nixon materials. Although President Nixon and his lawyers argued in a suit filed against the government that the materials were his property and that the processing of his records by the National Archives violated his constitutional rights, the Supreme Court upheld PRMPA in a 1977 decision. Following the 1979 settling of a subsequent lawsuit by President Nixon against the federal government, the National Archives released the first 12 ½ hours of tapes and transcripts related to Watergate.

    Additional litigation over the processing and release of the Nixon presidential materials (including separate suits filed by former Nixon officials and by the advocacy group Public Citizen), led to the large-scale release of documents in 1987 by the National Archives; however, President Nixon blocked the release of some files, arguing that they were private or political materials unrelated to his role as president. Approximately 78,000 pages were returned to President Nixon in 1994. Approximately 98 percent of those pages have since been opened by the National Archives.

    The processing of the tape recordings remained a contentious issue. A 1992 lawsuit by University of Wisconsin Professor Stanley Kutler and Public Citizen yielded a 1996 agreement by the National Archives, the Nixon estate, and Kutler and Public Citizen governing the release of the remaining tapes. To date, the National Archives has processed and opened 2,371 hours of recorded conversations.

    A new chapter in the history of the Nixon presidential materials began in 2004. Congress passed an amendment to PRMPA revoking the requirement that the Nixon materials remain within the Washington metropolitan area, allowing the establishment of a federal Nixon presidential library. Allen Weinstein, who served as Archivist of the United States from 2005 to 2008, made the inclusion of the Nixon Library into the Presidential system a priority upon taking office. He successfully concluded negotiations with the private Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace to transfer control of the Yorba Linda, California facility to the federal government, thereby paving the way for the creation of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and the transfer of the Nixon presidential materials to Yorba Linda. The Nixon Library became part of the National Archives and Records Administration on July 11, 2007.

    Upon the completion of a suitable addition to the library in spring 2010, the Nixon presidential materials, were moved to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. There, they have been unified with the pre- and post-presidential collections previously owned by the Nixon Foundation as well as a collection of documents from Richard Nixon's time as vice president that he gave to the Federal Government while he was in the White House and which had been stored in the National Archives facility in Laguna Niguel, California for more than three decades.

    • For more information, see the Release Chronology, which lists important milestones in the Library's history.

  • The publicly available Nixon Presidential Materials in our collection either relate to Abuses of Governmental Power or to the constitutional and statutory duties of the President and his staff. We process the Nixon Presidential Materials in accordance with Federal Regulations.

    Federal Regulations

    Processing the materials involves performing the traditional archival functions of arrangement, description, and preservation. The archivists also review for purely "private-personal" materials, as defined in the federal regulations.

    The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum must adhere to the following Federal laws and regulations while processing the Nixon Presidential Materials, including:

    The Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act

    Nixon Public Access Regulations 36 CFR 1275

    Executive Order 13526 and Declassification

    1996 Tapes Settlement Agreement

    Restrictions

    The archivists must also review the materials for information that would compromise national security, cause an unwarranted invasion of privacy, violate an agency policy or federal statute, or compromise trade secrets.

    See How the Textual Materials are Withdrawn for information about restricted materials and codes.

    • Nixon Presidential textual materials are processed in accordance with the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act (PRMPA) and its implementing regulations.  [See Also:  Federal Regulations
       
    • Federal Records are not subject to the provisions of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (PRMPA), but are governed by Executive Order 13526, and the Privacy Act.  [See Also:  Executive Order 13526
       
    • Donated Materials are processed in accordance with Deeds of Gift.

    Donor Deeds of Gift

    Individuals who own materials that, in the judgment of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), would enhance the current existing collection, may donate their personal papers to the Nixon Staff to become part of the collection.

    • Donors are required to sign a deed of gift that gives legal custody of the materials to the NARA.
       
    • Deeds of gift also give the donor some rights to apply restrictions to access for these materials. These restrictions are spelled out specifically in the deed and can vary for each different donation. 
       
    • Standard deed restrictions state that papers and other historical materials are restricted if:
      • the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or a libel of a living person
      • the materials are specifically authorized under criteria established by statute or Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy, and are in fact properly classified pursuant to such statute or Executive order.
    • In most cases, materials donated to the Nixon Staff have few or no restrictions.

    Researchers interested in donated collections should contact the Nixon Staff to determine if any restrictions exist.

  • Some of the Nixon Presidential Textual Materials have been withdrawn from the files that are available to the public in accordance with the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (PRMPA), its implementing regulations, and Executive Order 13526.

    A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 1421) at the front of a file folder indicates that a document has been withdrawn from the file by the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Restriction Codes

    The following eight restriction classifications are criteria under which the National Archives will withdraw material from public availability:

    A   –  Release would violate a Federal statute or agency policy

    B   –  National security classified information

    • If the Document Withdrawal Record shows that the reason for withdrawal is restriction code "B" (national security or foreign government information), you may request a Mandatory Declassification Review of the item. Note that the Mandatory Declassification Review Request process applies only to restriction code "B" material.

      Declassification of materials from the NSC Institutional Files, which are subject to the Presidential Records Act, can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

    C   –  Pending or approved claim that release would violate an individual's rights

    D   –  Release would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy or a libel of a living person

    E   –  Release would disclose trade secrets or confidential commercial or financial information

    F   –  Release would disclose investigatory information compiled for law enforcement purposes

    G   –  Withdrawn and returned private and personal material

    H   –  Withdrawn non-historical material

    Other Restrictions 

    Most of the documents closed under the restrictions of the PRA and the FOIA relate to national security information, confidential advice between the President and his advisors or between such advisors, or information regarded as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Items removed from a collection are listed on withdrawal sheets placed in the open file. These sheets cite PRA and/or FOIA restrictions applied.

    To request a re-review of items withdrawn under any other restriction codes, consult the Library Director

    • By Mail:

      Director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
      18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
      Yorba Linda, CA   92886 
       
    • or by email: nixonreference@nara.gov 
       
    • According to Federal Regulations, some of the withdrawn documents cannot be re-reviewed.
  • Re-review of Presidential textual materials withdrawn due to national security may be requested through the mandatory declassification review provisions of Executive Order 13526.

    To make a Mandatory Review request:

    1. Download NA Form 14020
       
      • PDF Format
      • DOC Format
         
    2. Complete Sections I, II, and III 
       
      1. Copy the information from the Document Withdrawal Record into Sections II and III.
    3. Email the completed NA Form 14020 to nixonreference@nara.gov or mail it to the Nixon Presidential Library in California
       
      Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
      18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
      Yorba Linda, CA 92886

     

    How Requests for Mandatory Declassification Review are Processed

    The Presidential Libraries Mandatory Review Request form (NA Form 14020) should be used when submitting a request for a mandatory declassification review in accordance with Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526. The requestor should fill out section I to provide contact information. Sections II and III should be completed by the requestor using the information provided on the document withdrawal record (NA Form 14021). The documents identified on the request form should be from one folder only. If all documents requested from a single folder cannot be listed on a single form, use additional forms as necessary.  If you are requesting documents from more than one folder, use a separate request form for each folder, even if the folders are from the same box. The Nixon Presidential Library may, at its discretion, divide requests and assign separate case numbers in order to facilitate handling by the reviewing agencies.

    Once the Nixon Presidential Library receives a Mandatory Review (MR) request, it will be processed as follows:

    1. The Nixon Presidential Library will submit copies to the originating agency and/or other agencies that have primary subject matter interest in the document.
       
    2. Each agency that has primary subject matter interest will review the document and advise the Nixon Presidential Library of its decision.
       
    3. After all agency responses have been received by the Nixon Presidential Library, the requestor will be notified of the results of the agencies’ declassification reviews. Documents will be released in accordance with Section 104 of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act (PRMPA, 44 USC 2111, note) and regulations governing access to the Nixon Presidential Materials (36 CFR 1275.56).
       
    4. If an agency denies a request for declassification, the requestor may appeal this decision to the agency's appellate authority through the Nixon Presidential Library. The Nixon Presidential Library will provide the requestor with appeal instructions in its notification letter prior to public release. An appeal of a sanitized or exempted document must be received by the Nixon Presidential Library within 60 days of the document’s public release.
       
    5. If the agency reviews the document on appeal and determines that more information may be released without harm to national security, the document will be released in accordance with the regulations governing access to the Nixon Presidential Materials (36 CFR 1275.56) at the next scheduled PRMPA opening. The requestor then has the right to appeal the agency’s determination to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) within 60 days of the document’s public release.
       
    6. If the agency reviews the document on appeal and determines that it cannot release any further information without harm to national security, the requestor will be notified immediately and informed of the right to file an appeal with the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) for final adjudication.

    Limitations on the Right to Mandatory Declassification Review:

    1. Documents that have been reviewed by an agency with declassification authority and exempted from declassification may not be resubmitted for declassification review until two years from the date of an agency's final determination. The two year rule applies regardless of whether the agency reviewed the document as a mandatory declassification review in accordance with Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 or as a systematic declassification review in accordance with Section 3.4 the Order.
       
    2. Only those requestors identified at the time the Mandatory Review (MR) request is submitted for agency review will have the right to appeal an agency’s final determination.
       
    3. The document withdrawal record (NA Form 14021) will indicate whether a Mandatory Review (MR) request has been received for a document. Requests for documents that have already been submitted for agency review will not be assigned a new case number, but the requestor will be notified when documents are scheduled for public release.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Heddon at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California:

    Email:     melissa.heddon@nara.gov (Subject: Mandatory Review)

    Phone:    714-983-9120

    Mail: 
    Melissa Heddon
    Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
    18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886
  • Re-review of documents withdrawn from Federal Records or Presidential Records Act collections may be requested by Mandatory Review or under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    To request a FOIA review of these materials:

    1. Submit a request to the Director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
       
      • By Mail

        Director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
        18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
        Yorba Linda, CA   92886 
         
      • or by Email 

        nixon@nara.gov