NOTE: Since the June 23, 2009 opening, all of these documents have been consolidated and are available for research at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. The locations given below indicate where the documents were at the time of the opening.
On June 23, 2009, the Nixon Library opened additional materials from the Nixon Presidential Materials. Below are scans of 41 documents that represent the variety of subjects and wealth of historical information included in this new release.
The documents are from file segments for the White House Special Files, Staff Member & Office Files; White House Central Files, Staff Member & Office Files; and the National Security Council File series, including the Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts (Telcons).
- A selection of these documents are available online below as PDF files.
- Please visit the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California, or College Park, Maryland (as indicated for each collection below), to research all of the documents.
The documents have been numbered on our website and this brief overview will refer to individual documents by those numbers.
The release includes significant material on the formulation of the Nixon administration’s domestic policy. Some of the scanned documents shed light on administration policy toward the Clean Air Act (4, 7), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (5), Campaign Finance Reform (1), Title IX of the Education Act (which outlawed sex discrimination in higher education) (9), and President Nixon’s support for the Equal Rights Amendment (2, 3). Chief domestic advisor Kenneth Cole’s notes shed additional light on White House discussions during the 1973 standoff with Native Americans at Wounded Knee (5), on President Nixon’s analysis of the Middle East and the American role in that region in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War (10), the circumstances surrounding the firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973 and of the reaction of prominent figures, such as California Governor Ronald Reagan, to what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre (6, 11). A detailed memorandum from Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1970 offers some of the intellectual underpinnings of White House domestic politics in that era (35) and a 1971 memorandum from Charles Colson about Peter Brennan outlines a strategy for increasing support among labor unions (26).
Also included among the newly available domestic policy documents are materials about the 1971 political investigation of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 37, 41); about the White House’s 1969 investigation of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (33); about the strategy for handling Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri (34); on activities against the Brookings Institution in 1971 (24, 37); and about the Radford Affair, the December 1971 White House investigation of leaks to journalist Jack Anderson, and on efforts to inject the issue of homosexuality into that investigation (21, 22).
The new releases include over 5,000 pages of formerly classified materials released through the Mandatory Review process. Representing these materials is a memorandum of conversation involving Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew (18) that illustrates the Nixon Administration’s geo-political strategy in Asia in the wake of the opening to China. A memorandum of a meeting between President Nixon and Prime Minister Edward Heath the United Kingdom provides insight on alliance politics and detente with the Soviet Union (16). Also included is the transcript of an April 1970 telephone conversation between President Nixon and Senator John Stennis of Mississippi on the eve of the U.S.-South Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia (20). Finally, a December 1970 letter from Prime Minister Golda Meir (14) and a National Security Council brief on US policy toward nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East (13) provide information on the history of US-Israeli relations.
White House Central Files: Staff Member & Office Files:
Kenneth Cole (Yorba Linda, CA)
|1.||May 7, 1971||Memo from Cole to Colson|
|2.||September 21, 1971||Correspondence between Cole and Ford|
|3.||March 14, 1972||Memo from Cole to the President|
|4.||February 24, 1973||Memo from Cole to the Ehrlichman, Shultz, Ash and Butz|
|5.||March 26, 1973||Cole Notes|
|6.||October 21, 1973||Cole Notes|
|7.||March 5, 1974||Memo from Cole to the President|
|8.||March 26, 1974||Memo from Cole to the President|
|9.||May 31, 1974||Memo from Cole to the President|
|10.||June 20, 1974||Cole Notes|
|11.||n.d.||Cole Notes Re: Archibald Cox|
|12.||n.d.||Cole Notes Re: Executive Privilege|
Mandatory Review Documents (College Park, MD)
National Security Council Files
|13.||Box 366||Subject Files -- Non-Proliferation Treaty April 1969-March 1970 [2 of 2]||n.d.||Memo on Israel nuclear capability|
|14.||Box 756||Presidential Correspondence 1969-1974 -- Israel Golda Meir 1970||December 1, 1970||Message from Meir to President Nixon|
|15.||Box 965||Haig Chron File -- Haig Chron: April 16-30, 1970 [3 of 3]||April 15, 1970||Memo from Helms to Kissinger|
|16.||Box 1025||President-HAK Memcons -- Memcons-The President & PM Heath December 20-21, 1971||December 20 and 21, 1971||Memo from Kissinger to the President|
|17.||Box 1027||Presidential-HAK Memcons -- Memcons April-Nov 1973 [3 of 5]||July 27, 1973||Memcon between Shah of Iran, Kissinger, and Helms|
|18.||Box 1027||Presidential-HAK Memcons -- Memcons April-November 1973 [5 of 5]||April 11, 1973||Memcon between Kissinger and Singapore PM Yew|
Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversations (Telcons)
|19.||Box 4||Chron File -- 1970 6-14 Apr||April 11, 1970||Telcon between Kissinger and Rostow|
|20.||Box 5||Chron File -- 1970 19-26 Apr||April 24, 1970||Telcon between Kissinger and the President|
White House Special Files: Staff Member & Office Files
David R. Young
|21.||Box 23||Subject Files: Special Report to the President from David R. Young, Memorandum for the Record||n.d.||Memo from Young to the President|
|22.||Box 24||Subject Files: Special Report for the President from David R. Young, Tabs 1-18 [Folder 5 of 5]||n.d.||Tab 17 of Young Report to the President|
White House Special Files: Staff Member & Office Files
Charles Colson, John Ehrlichman, H. R. Haldeman
(College Park, MD)
|23.||Box 129||June 1971||June 11, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|24.||Box 129||June 1971||June 18, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|25.||Box 129||July 1971||July 2, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|26.||Box 129||July 1971||July 2, 1971||Memo from Colson to the President|
|27.||Box 129||July 1971||July 20, 1971||Memo from Colson to Malek|
|28.||Box 129||July 1971||July 27, 1971||Memo from Colson to Malek|
|29.||Box 130||September 1971||September 27, 1971||Memo from Colson to Malek|
|30.||Box 130||November 1971||November 4, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|31.||Box 130||November 1971||November 23, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|32.||Box 132||December 1972||December 8, 1972||Letter from Colson to Hallett|
John D. Ehrlichman
|33.||Box 20||[Edward Kennedy] 308-A, Stanley [2 of 2]||July 31, 1969||Memo from Caulfield to Ehrlichman|
H. R. Haldeman
|34.||Box 46||H Notes July-Aug.-Sept. 1972 [July 22, 1972 to Aug. 16, 1972] Part I||July 25, 1972||Haldeman Notes|
|35.||Box 48||Misc Material 1970||November 13, 1970||Memo from Moynihan to the President|
|36.||Box 80||Charles Colson June 1971||June 2, 1971||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|37.||Box 82||Lawrence Higby July 1971||July 8, 1971||Memo from Higby to Haldeman|
|38.||Box 87||Fred Malek--December 1971||December 30, 1971||Memo from Malek to Haldeman|
|39.||Box 105||Charles Colson November 1972||November 10, 1972||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|40.||Box 105||Charles Colson November 1972||November 29, 1972||Memo from Colson to Haldeman|
|41.||Box 112||Action Memos 11/72||November 15, 1972||Action Memo from Haldeman|