In February 1971, President Nixon began secretly taping conversations and telephone calls in several locations, including the Oval Office, his office in the Old Executive Office Building, the Cabinet Room, and Camp David.
There are 2,636 hours of tapes containing conversations from February 1971 through July 1973 open to the public.
The Library is working toward making more of the tapes available directly online.
After completion of the chronological review in 2013, the Nixon Library began a project to create a complete digital preservation copy of the White House Tapes. Concurrently, we began a rereview of withdrawn content in accordance with the Presidential Records and Materials and Preservation Act [PRMPA] and the 2007 deed of gift agreement. As part of this rereview, we are also in consultation with agencies regarding declassification to rereview classified segments. All newly remastered tapes can be found via this page and we anticipate regular releases as we finish the digitization and continue our rereview.
For a copy of the complete finding aid for the White House Tapes in either zip format or CD visit the finding aid section of our website.
The following audio files are available online:
- All conversations (except Cabinet Room) from tapes from the following months:
- Watergate Trial Tapes
Listen to the audio and access the transcripts to the excerpted Nixon White House taped conversations that were introduced as evidence in the Watergate Trials.
- Sample Conversations: April 1971-May 1972
A selection of conversations on a variety of topics, such as foreign policy, Agnew, Rehnquist, and press relations.
- Sample Conversations: Fifth Chronological Release, Part II (November 1972-December 1972)
Five conversations involving the December bombing, the 1972 Presidential election, the "New Majority," Watergate, and the Supreme Court.
- Memoirs v. Tapes: President Nixon & The December Bombings
"Memoirs v Tapes: President Nixon and the December Bombing" is a multimedia presentation of previously-released tapes, documents, photos, and videos relevant to understanding the decision-making surrounding the December 1972 bombing of North Vietnam and the successful conclusion of the Paris Peace negotiations.
- Nixon's Trip to China
Listen to Nixon discuss his rationale for the trip, the arrival of the pandas at the National Zoo, and his reasoning for the importance of restoring communications with the People's Republic of China.