September 23, 1997
National Archives and Records Administration Releases Three POW/MIA Tape Recorded Conversations
- WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will open approximately 41 minutes of White House tape recordings from the Nixon Presidency, related to prisoners of war and military personnel missing in action. These tape segments are from conversations that occurred in March and April of 1973. The President, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Brent Scowcroft, Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Roger Shields and the Presidentís Press Secretary, Ron Ziegler, participated in these conversations.
- Transcripts of these conversations, which were made in 1992 in response to a special access request, will also be available. NARA does not guarantee the accuracy of these transcripts. One set of each transcript will be made available, free on the day of the opening, to each news organization and research group.
- These conversations and transcripts are being opened at the special request of several POW/MIA groups and U.S. Sen. Robert C. Smith (R-NH).
- WHEN: These tapes will be available at 8:45 A.M. on Monday, September 29, l997.
- WHERE: Conference Rooms at the National Archives at College Park, MD, located at 8601 Adelphi Road.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To accommodate the anticipated demand, 20 listening stations, each equipped with one tape player and four headsets, will be available on the day of the opening. NARA will make every attempt to assign these on an equitable basis. Each news organization may use only one listening station at a time and may be asked to share the listening station with other researchers or news organizations. All researchers must have a current National Archives and Records Administration researcherís card. Clean research room rules will apply. No recording or transmission devices, of any kind, will be allowed in the research room. Laptop computers and stenographs will be allowed. In accordance with NARA regulations, these tape segments may not be reproduced. The National Archives and Records Administration will revoke privileges for anybody who attempts to record these materials. In addition, all members of the organization with which he or she is affiliated will lose privileges for all future openings as well.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.