Press Release · Monday, October 16, 2000
October 16, 2000
National Archives Releases 420 Hours of Additional Nixon White House Tape Recorded Conversations
WHAT: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will open approximately 420 hours of White House tape recordings from the Nixon Presidency. The 4140 conversations were recorded at the White House from August 1971 to December 1971, and are the second of five chronological segments of conversations to be released. These tape segments are reproduced on 650 cassettes. In accordance with the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 and its implementing regulations, the National Archives have designated 89 hours as personal and returnable to the Nixon Estate. Nine hours are restricted for national security, as provided for in Executive Order 12958. One hour is restricted for invasion of privacy, three hours as unintelligible, and four hours as non-historical.
The tapes cover a wide variety of domestic and foreign topics relating to international crises and initiatives; and domestic issues, such as the economy and political appointments. Topics of interest include:
1. The International Monetary System and the US Economy: There are several key policy discussions between the President, members of the White House staff, senior administration officials, business and labor leaders, and foreign government officials. There are substantial discussions about the US decision to end the Gold Standard and allow the dollar to "free float." There are also discussions about the President's New Economic Policy, which provided for a wage and price freeze, a repeal of excise taxes, federal spending cuts, imports surcharges, and tax reforms.
2. The President's Trip to the People's Republic of China: There are many discussions throughout this period about the President's forthcoming trip to the PRC in February, 1972. They include logistical details and arrangements, media and press coverage, possible itineraries, public relations efforts, agenda proposals, and discussion topics for meetings with PRC leaders.
3. Supreme Court Appointments following the resignation of Justices Black and Harlan: There are detailed discussions between the President, members of the White House staff, Attorney General John Mitchell, Members of Congress, Governors, and other leaders. They discuss and evaluate several possible candi