Media Alert
November 21, 2007

Nixon Presidential Library to Release New Materials at the National Archives

What: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will release approximately 122,800 pages of historical materials from the Nixon presidency at the National Archives in College Park, MD.

Highlights include national security documents on U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Soviet Union, and on the Kurds. Also included are documents on the Vietnam War, on dealing with the terrorist Black September Organization, on producing the CIA’s Presidential Daily Brief, and on U.S. covert action in Chile. A selection of 15 documents from the release will be posted on the Nixon Presidential Library web site at

When: 9 A.M.- 3:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Where: Lecture Rooms B and C, National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740

Background: In the largest release of Nixon-related materials under mandatory review, the Nixon Presidential Library will open over 10,000 pages of documents that were previously withheld from public access, and that were re-reviewed for release and/or declassified under the provisions of Executive Order 12958, as amended, or in accordance with 36 CFR 1275.56 (Public Access Regulations). The documents are from file segments for the White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files; the National Security Council File series including the Henry A. Kissinger Office Files and the National Security Council Institutional Files.

The Nixon Presidential Library will also open around 4,800 pages of documents from the White House Central Files, Name Files. This system was used for routine materials filed alphabetically by the name of the correspondent. Included in the release are files on Mark Felt (Deep Throat), Robert Byrd, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, Richard Cheney, and Frank Sinatra.

Also included in the release are approximately 83,000 pages of White House Central Files, Staff Member and Office Files, and White House Press Office Files. The files contain materials created by the Press Office for distribution to the media including White House press releases and press conference transcripts.

Additionally, 25,000 pages of documents from Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards, Records of the Cabinet Committee on Education will be released. The Cabinet Committee on Education served as a Federal Government point of contact for states undergoing school desegregation.

Note: All researchers, including the media, must have a valid National Archives Research card prior to gaining access to the records. Researcher cards may be obtained from Room 1000. A photo ID is required. Clean research room rules apply.

Due to parking limitations during openings, researchers are encouraged to use the National Archives shuttle bus service between the Washington, DC and College Park, MD buildings. The shuttle buses depart from both buildings 8 A.M. – 5 P.M., on the hour.

The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is one of 12 Presidential libraries operated and maintained by the National Archives.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.


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