March 13, 1971


This almanac page for Saturday, March 13, 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

  • 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 Key Biscayne, Florida

  • 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.

    Digitized versions can be found at HathiTrust.

  • 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.

    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. IV, Foreign Assistance, International Development, Trade Policies, 1969-1972

    East-West Trade, 1969-1972

    • 327. CIEP Study Memorandum No. 2, Washington, March 13, 1971

      Source: National Archives, RG 59, S/S Files: Lot 82 D 126, CIEP Study Memoranda. Confidential. A copy was sent to the Secretary of Defense.

    Vol. V, United Nations, 1969-1972

    Chinese Representation in the United Nations

    Vol. XI, South Asia Crisis, 1971

    South Asia Crisis, 1971

    Vol. XIII, Soviet Union, October 1970-October 1971

    "A Key Point in Our Relationship": Backchannel Talks on SALT, Berlin, and the Summit

    Vol. E-5, Part 1, Documents on Sub-Saharan Africa, 1969-1972


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


    • 350. Telegram 1083 From the Embassy in Guatemala to the Department of State, March 13, 1971, 0045Z., March 13, 1971, 0045Z

      Ambassador Davis reported that Minister of Government Jorge Arenales complained that because the Embassy had expressed concerns over Guatemalan counter-terror activities, President Arana would not allow action against several prominent political opponents.

      Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 785, Country Files, Latin America, Guatemala, Vol. I. Secret; Exdis. A handwritten note at the top of the page reads, “HAK’d WH.”

  • 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 Sound Recordings Collection contains public statements that took place between 1969 and 1974. Visit the finding aid to learn more.

    I - Various Administration Events

    • WHCA-SR-I-061
      McLaughlin Report on a Presidential interview from CBS News. (3/13/1971, [None listed])

      Runtime: [Nonelisted]

      Keywords: Television

      Production credits: Audio feed supplied by "VTR"; Recorded by LRR (initials of WHCA engineer)

      Original Format: 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audiotape. Original source type: Original.
  • 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-4226
      Weekly News Summary, Tape I.
      Runtime: 1:30

      1. McGee: Indochina. Time Code Start: 00:02. Keywords: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam War. Network: NBC.

      2. Rich/Oliver: Helicopters in Indochina. Time Code Start: 00:50. Keywords: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam War, military, aircraft, helicopters. Network: NBC.

      3. McGee: Missing newsmen. Time Code Start: 04:49. Keywords: media, the press, newspapers, editors, reporters, journalists, photographers, missing persons, lost. Network: NBC.

      4. Mudd/Webster: South Vietnam officers predict Laos Operation to end in 2 weeks. Time Code Start: 05:26. Keywords: Laos, Vietnam War. Network: CBS.

      5. Mudd/McLaughlin: President Nixon interview with women. Time Code Start: 08:52. Keywords: Presidents, media, employees, female journalists, press conferences, news conferences, interviews. Network: CBS.

      6. Mudd/Schakney: Kissinger interview with dissidents. Time Code Start: 10:32. Keywords: cabinet, advisors, plots, conspiracy, conspiracies, plots, interviews, Harrisburg Seven, Harrisburg 7, kidnappings, terrorism, protestors, protest movements, priests. Network: CBS.

Context (External Sources)