Press Release nr97-98
Press Release · Tuesday, September 23, 1997

Washington, DC

Press Release
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 President’s 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 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.


  • BY CAR the new facility is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Take North Capitol Street north, turn right onto Michigan Avenue (Michigan Avenue becomes Queens Chapel Road in Maryland), continue to East West Highway, turn left on Adelphi Road and follow it to the National Archives entrance on the right. Parking is available.

  • BY SHUTTLE from the National Archives in Washington, DC board the bus on 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. The shuttle leaves on the hour from 8 AM to 5 PM, returning to the downtown building on the hour. Researchers may use the shuttle on a space available basis with National Archives staff receiving priority.

    For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail


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