October 25, 2001
Photographs of President Nixon's Last Days in Office Are Now Available on CD-ROM from the National Archives
College Park, MD. . .A free CD-ROM containing virtually every image captured by White House photographers on the last three days of the Nixon Presidency (August 7th to 9th, 1974) is now available from the National Archives. "The Last Day: Images from the Nixon White House Photo Office from August 7-9, 1974", can be ordered from the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff by calling (301) 837-3290.
The CD-ROM uses "Hyper Text Markup Language" (or HTML) and should be readable on any computer platform that has a web browser. "Virtual contact sheets", pages of thumbnail versions of images, are assembled in the same order as they were shot on the original roll and link to larger image files that include captions.
Forty-five rolls of 35mm still photographic film (over 700 images) were shot by the White House Photo Office during Nixon's final two days in office. The White House Photo Office photographers whose images are contained in the "Last Day" CD-ROM are: Robert Moore, William Fitz-Patrick, Oliver F. Atkins, Karl Schumacher, and Robert Knudsen. Those images, presented with a minimum of editing, document the remarkable scope of activity "in the eye of the storm", as a Presidency draws to a close. Everything from the scene inside the White House Press Room as the President gives his resignation speech, to crowds outside the White House gate awaiting word of historic events and part of this record.
Over 400 images from the White House Photo Office are included in the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) database at www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.