Press Release
September 22, 1999
National Archives Releases Additional Nixon White House Tape Recorded Conversations

  • WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) plans to open approximately 445 hours of White House tape recordings from the Nixon Presidency. The 3650 conversations were recorded at the White House from February 1971 to July 1971 and are the first of five chronological segments of conversations that remain to be opened. These tape segments are reproduced on 683 cassettes.

  • This is the seventh opening of Nixon White House tapes since 1980. Previous releases included conversations constituting "abuses of governmental power" and conversations recorded in the Nixon White House Cabinet Room.

  • At the opening, corresponding portions of a tape log that includes the date, time, location, outline of conversations, and names of participants will help locate conversations. Because this portion of the log amounts to 10,000 pages, researchers are encouraged to use the electronic version, which will be provided in Word and WordPerfect 6.1 formats.

  • WHEN: 9 A.M. Tuesday, October 5, 1999.

  • WHERE: National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road. Lecture Rooms D & E.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: In advance of the opening, to assist researchers in locating conversations on the tapes, a free finding aid on disc in WordPerfect 6.1 and Word format will be available on Tuesday, September 28 at 9 A.M. in Room G-5 at the National Archives Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Beginning on Wednesday, September 29, the discs may be obtained from the Nixon Project staff at the National Archives at College Park by calling 301-837-3290.

    To accommodate the anticipated demand, 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 researcher's 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 by e-mail.


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