Presidential Libraries

The White House Years

Surrounded by Secret Service personnel, newly inaugurated President Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon wave at the crowds from the Lincoln Continental limousine making its way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, January 20, 1969.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: E-8-2, National Archives Identifier: 194282.

President Nixon greets the Apollo 11 astronauts who are inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility or MQF aboard the USS Hornet, the prime recovery vessel, July 24, 1969.  Pictured from left to right are Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and President Nixon.

NASA – JSC photo.

Rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley requested a meeting with President Nixon on December 21, 1970 to discuss his interest in becoming personally involved with the fight against drugs – this encounter became an iconic moment in American history.   They are shown here in the Oval Office of the White house shaking hands.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: WHPO-5364-18, National Archives Identifier: 1634221.

A large oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969 provided the catalyst for President Nixon’s environmental policy.  In this photograph from December 31, 1970, President Nixon signs the Clean Air Act as the first Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Ruckelshaus and the Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Russell Train look on.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: WHPO-5421-11.

With rains threatening to postpone what would be one of the first Rose Garden weddings at the White House, a break in the weather allowed sufficient time for President Richard Nixon’s eldest daughter Tricia to marry Edward Finch Cox.  This photograph shows President Nixon as he escorts his daughter down the aisle, June 12, 1971.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: WHPO-6569-18A.

In between deliberations, the Nixons visited the country.  Photographed are President and Mrs. Nixon at the fabled Great Wall of China which was built over 2,000 years ago and extending over 3,600 miles, February 24, 1972.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: WHPO-C8549-25A, National Archives Identifier: 194221.

President Nixon working in his office at the Executive Office Building, January 17, 1974.  On that day the President announced that at a Geneva Conference, the Governments of Egypt and Israel, with assistance from the United States, had achieved an agreement to disengage and separate their military forces in Sinai.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum Identifier: WHPO-E2092-05.