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Accessions and Openings for the 3rd quarter FY 2009

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Presidential Libraries


Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Collection of personal correspondence and printed materials of Raymond C. Moley, a member of FDR's original Brains Trust.

A handwritten statement by Harry L. Hopkins recording the recollections of Thomas Corcoran on the origins of the Supreme Court crisis of 1937.

A Western Union telegram from President Herbert Hoover to President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt following the assassination attempt on FDR, February 1933.

A mail-order form signed by FDR for "The Ship Model Builder's Assistant."

An original signed letter from FDR to J. Levi, November 6, 1943, thanking him for the leather photo frame containing photos of the four Roosevelt sons in uniform. This framed item is currently on the President's White House desk display.

A handwritten letter from FDR to Jouett Shouse seeking unification of the Democratic Party following the National Convention, July 1932.

Three draft pages of speeches from FDR's days as Governor of New York State: one speech relating to unemployment relief and the other to local government reform.

A Native American land deed for most of Hyde Park, NY, June 24, 1696, written in Old Dutch and signed by Stephanus van Cortlandt, Meyander Harmense, and five Indian chiefs.

Other notable archival acquisitions this quarter include a sample 1932 election ballot from Wheeling, WV; an enrolled copy of an Oklahoma State Senate Resolution establishing March 4, 2009, as Franklin D. Roosevelt Appreciation Day; three photograph scrapbooks documenting Campobello Island during the time it was owned by Armand Hammer; copies of news articles and other printed materials related to the USS Iowa; and an original letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Ruth Schulman regarding housing conditions in New York City, June 26, 1962.

Two original color transparencies and 25 black-and-white negatives and transparencies produced by Leon A. Perskie during a sitting with Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1944 official campaign portrait.

Harry S. Truman Library

Accretions to the Ken Hechler Papers, the Ted Sanders Papers, and the Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection.

Transcripts of oral history interviews with Valeria LaMere, Alex Petrovic, and Dwain Reynolds. The interviews were conducted and the transcripts donated by the Harry S Truman National Historic Site, National Park Service.

Architectural drawings of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, MO. The drawings, dating from the construction of the courthouse in 1934, were donated by Kansas City, MO.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Accretion to the papers of John F. Hilliard, 1945 and 1968–80, 420 pages.

John F. Kennedy Library

A deed of gift was completed for the papers of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. This collection includes correspondence and other papers as First Lady, 1960–64; scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, books; press releases, correspondence, clippings, related materials, and photographic albums and photographs sent to and maintained by the First Lady's Press Secretary, 1961–63; photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and others, events at the White House, and trips ca. 1920–93; photographs lent to and used by Anne Lincoln in her book, The Kennedy White House Parties. 72.02 cubic feet; 331 museum artifacts. Closed.

An accretion to the papers of Herbert E. Tucker, Jr., Files relating to Mr. Tucker's work on John F. Kennedy's 1958 senatorial campaign and 1961 Presidential inauguration, as well as his involvement with the DNC. 0.050 cubic feet. Closed.

The papers of Myer Feldman, lawyer, government official, and Deputy Special Counsel to the President (1961–64). Personal and professional correspondence, alphabetical and subject files, notebooks, diaries, and writings relating to John F. Kennedy and other Presidential campaigns and administrations, local and international organizations, and legislative matters 48.108 cubic feet. Closed.

An accretion to the papers of Louis Oberdorfer, lawyer, Assistant Attorney General, (Tax Division), 1961–65. Professional and personal files containing correspondence, chronological files, diaries, logs, subject files related to legal and political matters. 15.12 cubic feet. Closed.

An accretion to the papers of Robert Shrum, political consultant. 46 reels of 1" type C videotape relating to Edward M. Kennedy political campaigns. 4.307 cubic feet. Closed.

Accretions to the papers of Theodore C. Sorensen. Publications and writings related to and regarding Sorensen's career, public appearances, and speaking engagements; published copies of articles by the donor; incoming letters; publications and awards presented to Mr. Sorensen; and a short run of weekly planners. 2.52 cu ft. Closed.

An accretion to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection, including the papers of William Tiffin (0.504 cu foot), and six oral history interviews with:

  • Joseph Gedhill (Sierra Leone)
  • Kristin Wegner (Dominican Republic)
  • Elizabeth Bell Holtzman (Nigeria)
  • Jeffrey W. Potter (Nepal, 1994–96)
  • Jim Johnson (Nigeria,and Ghana)
  • Jerome Johnson (Nigeria, 1966–68)

Three additions to the Miscellaneous Accessions Collection, including papers from Stewart Udall of his correspondence with Jacqueline Onassis, were accessioned, processed, and opened. 0.100 cu ft. Open.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

The following oral history transcripts were accessioned and are available for research:

  • Irwin Wolkstein, who worked in the Social Security Administration and was instrumental in the development of Medicare legislation and the implementation of its programs, 19 pages
  • Richard Spinn, college acquaintance of Lyndon Johnson, 18 pages
  • William H. Crook, OEO Regional Director 1965–67, VISTA Director, 1967–68, and Ambassador to Australia 1968–69, 72 pages
  • Virginia and Wilton Woods, boyhood friends and longtime supporters of LBJ, 12 pages
  • Mary Fish Haselton, legislative assistant to Senator Lyndon Johnson, 1953–60, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State 1960–64 and 1974–79, and former wife of President Johnson's brother, Sam Houston Johnson, 43 pages
  • Donald Cronin, administrative assistant to Senator Lister Hill, eight interviews, 147 total pages
  • J. Waddy Bullion, the Johnsons' tax attorney, Chief Counsel's Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, 1940–42 and 1945–47, 26 pages
  • John H. Crooker, Jr., lawyer, Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, 1968–69, 68 pages
  • William Krimer, U.S. interpreter at the Glassboro Summit, Senior Language Officer in the Language Services Division, Department of State, 1963–82, 19 pages
  • Alexander MacDonald "Sandy" Keith, Minnesota state legislator 1960–64, lieutenant governor, 1962–66, Minnesota supreme court justice, 1989-90, Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1990–98, 38 pages
  • Roman Conrad Pucinski, staff reporter and writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, 1939–59, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1959–73, National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, 1974–82, Chicago alderman, 1973–91, 36 pages
  • William A. Reynolds, staff member for Senator Robert Kerr, 1953–63, 49 pages

Papers of William H. Crook, Director of the Southwest Region of the Office of Economic Opportunity, 1966; Director of VISTA, 1967–68; and Ambassador to Australia, 1968–69. The files mostly contain material about OEO and VISTA, a small portion about Crook's time as a member of the U.S.-Mexico Border Development Commission 1967, and his time as Ambassador to Australia. The collection is 1.38 cubic feet and is available for research.

Papers of Dean H. Towner, which consists of LBJ's letters concerning Towner's Fulbright Scholarship to Rome, 1961–62. This collection is seven pages (0.00406 cubic feet) and is available for research.

Papers of Dennis Fagan, which consists of his photographic collection pertaining to Lady Bird Johnson and the LBJ Ranch. This collection consists of 1,361 images (0.319 cubic feet) and is available for research.

Richard Nixon Library

Oral history interviews were completed with George Elsey, Morton Halperin, Geoffrey Shepard, Angelo Lano, James Falk, Richard Fairbanks, Terrence O'Donnell, Richard Hauser, Steve Hess, Pamela Bailey, Anthony Lake, Frank Borman, and Powell Moore.

Fifteen 35mm slides from Robert E. MacArthur depicting Mrs. Nixon's activities during the President's visit to Vietnam in 1969.

Slides, negatives, and photographic prints related to candidate Richard Nixon's visit to Southern Methodist University in October 1968, taken by photographer Philip D. Green.

Three original cartoons of Richard Nixon, donated by Jon Kennedy, a cartoonist at the Arkansas Gazette.

Collection of materials relating to the Peace Corps and ACTION, from Kevin Lowther.

Gerald R. Ford Library

Accretion to the Betty Ford Papers, Gerald R. Ford Post Presidential Office Files, and Composite General Accessions collection.

Accretion to the papers of economist Michael Moskow, who held several senior positions under Presidents Nixon and Ford.

Accretion from John Logie of Grand Rapids, a DVD reproduction of a 1936 home movie of a wedding attended by Betty Bloomer.

Jimmy Carter Library

Materials from Pepperdine Professor Dan Caldwell.

Accretion to collection from President Carter's Office.

George H.W. Bush Library

An additional seven cubic feet to the Betty Miller Unterberger Collection. Professor Unterberger was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Duke University. She has served on the History Review Panel to the Central Intelligence Agency since 1998, and her donation consists of materials collected during her time on the panel.

A deed of gift was completed for the Juliet McLennan Papers. McLennan served in several capacities on the Bush/Quayle campaign in 1988, and her papers document the campaign from an insider's perspective.

A deed of gift was completed for the Jack Kemp Papers. Kemp served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1993. His donated collection complements the HUD materials located in the Bush Presidential Collection.

William J. Clinton Library

The Clinton Library accessioned approximately 229.59 cubic feet of textual material this quarter:

  • The Stephen Charla Collection of materials on the 1992 Clinton Presidential Election
  • The Ambassador Inderfurth Collection of Clinton transition material


Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Papers of Curtis Roosevelt, the eldest grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The collection consists mainly of Mr. Roosevelt's files from his service in the United Nations as Chief of the Non-Governmental Organizations Section. The NGO Section assisted civil, labor, church, and other nongovernmental groups interested in United Nations activities, 4.8 cubic feet.

Harry S. Truman Library

All accessions from the third quarter are open for research:

  • Accretions to the Ken Hechler Papers, the Ted Sanders Papers, and the Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection.
  • Transcripts of oral history interviews with Valeria LaMere, Alex Petrovic, and Dwain Reynolds. The interviews were conducted and the transcripts donated by the Harry S Truman National Historic Site, National Park Service.
  • Architectural drawings of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, MO. The drawings, dating from the construction of the courthouse in 1934, were donated by Kansas City, MO.

Papers of Gil Shaw, a Coast Guard participant in the funeral of Harry S. Truman. The papers consist primarily of newspaper clippings, fact sheets, and other materials concerning Truman's presidency, death, and funeral, 1970–72, less than one-half of one linear foot.

Papers of Niles W. Bond, a State Department official. The papers consist of correspondence and memoranda between the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, and other officials regarding the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Korea, 1947–49, less than one-half of one linear foot.

The World War II Collection. The collection contains historical materials relating to World War II that have been donated to the Truman Library over the years, including printed materials, scrapbooks, correspondence, reports, and memorabilia. Most of these materials were originally opened for research as part of the Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection (MHDC) or the General Historical Documents Collection (GHDC), 1932–96, 2 linear feet, 7 linear inches.

John F. Kennedy Library

An addition to the Personal Papers of John Kenneth Galbraith, economist, educator, author, and diplomat. Correspondence, memoranda, draft manuscripts of books and articles, reports, speeches, interviews, testimonies, and news clippings covering his early career, early government service, Harvard University, the 1960 Presidential election campaign as well as other Presidential and Senatorial campaigns, diplomatic papers, and his career as an author. Open in part.

Series 6 and 7 of McGeorge Bundy, author, professor, and government official. 142.988 cubic feet.

The papers of Winifred Armstrong. Subject files relating to donor's work as a speechwriter and staff member for Senator John F. Kennedy. 2.52 cubic feet.

Three additions to the Miscellaneous Accessions Collection. 0.100 cubic feet.

Reprocessed and created an item-level inventory of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards collection. Includes various materials submitted by award recipients, such as transcripts, audio and video recordings, clippings, newsprint and photographs. 25.091 cubic feet.

Finished reprocessing the papers of H. Bentley Hahn, Post Office Department employee; inventor of the ZIP Code. Materials relating to the development of the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP Code). 0.504 cubic feet.

Oral history interview of Roy Cohn (RFK Project).

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

The oral history transcripts of Walter Judd, Richard Spinn, Irwin Wolkstein, William Crook, Virginia and Wilton Woods, J. Waddy Bullion, Mary Fish Haselton, Donald Cronin, A.M. "Sandy" Keith, and William Krimer, 544 pages.

Office Files of Joseph Califano, 1 box; Office Files of James Gaither, 3 boxes; Office Files of Walter Jenkins, 1 box; Office Files of John Macy, 2 boxes; Office Files of Harry Middleton, 1 box; Office Files of Fred Panzer, 8 boxes; Office Files of George Reedy, 6 boxes.

Papers of John Connally, 7 boxes; Papers of William H. Crook, 3 boxes; Papers of Alain Enthoven, 2 boxes; Papers of Goldye E. Levi, 2 boxes; Papers of Charles Marsh, 27 boxes; Papers of William Westmoreland, 2 boxes.

Vice Presidential Security File, 1 box.

White House Social Files, Alpha File, 6 boxes; White House Social Files, Seating Charts 1 box; White House Social Files, Liz Carpenter's Files, 1 box.

National Security File, Agency File, 5 boxes; National Security File, Files of Charles E. Johnson, 2 boxes; National Security File, Files of Walt Rostow, 1 box; National Security File, Files of William J. Jorden, 1 box.

White House Central Files, Subject File for Public Relations (PR), 1 box.

Richard Nixon Library

Approximately 154 hours of tape recordings from the Nixon White House consisting of approximately 994 conversations primarily from January 1973. The conversations covered topics such as the conclusion of a peace settlement between the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the return of American POWs, President Nixon's second inauguration, the U.S. and Europe, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, energy policy, the reorganization of the executive branch, and the first Watergate trial. This was the 13th opening of Nixon White House tapes since 1980, and with this release approximately 2,371 hours of tape recordings from the Nixon White House are now available to the public.

The opening also consisted of approximately 10.5 cubic feet of previously restricted materials from the White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files; the National Security Files; and the Henry A. Kissinger Files. The materials included documents on U.S. policy toward Europe, on U.S. policy in the Middle East, on the investigation of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on the investigation of Jack Anderson, also known as the Radford Affair, and on the conduct of the war in Cambodia and Vietnam. The opening also included CIA Bay of Pigs materials personally delivered to the White House in 1971 by the Director of Central Intelligence, Richard Helms, at President Nixon's request. The President asked for these materials in support of activities associated with the so-called Plumbers unit. Although other copies of these documents have been released by the CIA on its web site, these materials were not previously publicly known to have been received by the Nixon administration.

White House Central Files, Subject Files: FG 170 (National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control), FG 210 (Public Advisory Committee on Trade Policy), FG 211 (Public Land Law Review Commission), FG 212 (Quetico-Superior Committee), FG 213 (Railroad Retirement Board), FG 214 (Renegotiation Board), FG 215 (Securities and Exchange Commission), FG 219 (Southern Interstate Nuclear Board), FG 220 (Subversive Activities Control Board), GI (partial release consisting of several folders from GI 2 and GI 3), and ME (partial release consisting of one folder from ME 1).

Also released were the White House Central Files of Kenneth Cole, White House Central Files, Alpha Name Files for Borman, Frank (Col.) and Olsen, P., White House Central Files, Staff Member and Office Files: White House Executive Clerk Reading File (consisting of Memorandums to the Heads of Departments and Agencies), and RG 87 (Records of the U.S. Secret Service), Installation and Maintenance of the White House Sound Recording System and Tapes.

Gerald R. Ford Library

The first nine boxes (covering the letters A-M) of the National Security Adviser. Presidential Subject File collection, containing folders on a wide variety of foreign affairs and national security matters. Among the larger files opened so far are those relating to the Camp David Meeting of Foreign and Finance Ministers on Energy, Sept. 28–29, 1974; chemical and biological weapons; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; communications; congressional matters; energy policy; European Community; fisheries legislation (200-mile limit); food/food aid/World Food Conference; foreign assistance/Military Assistance Service Fund, foreign military sales, jet engines (JT-10D License), and Law of the Sea.

Two additional series from the National Security Adviser. NSC International Economic Affairs Staff: Files, (1973) 1975–76. The chronological files in the collection ("Robert Hormats Chronological File" and "Timothy Deal Chronological File") are now available for research. They contain materials accumulated by NSC senior staff member Robert Hormats and his assistants and concern such topics as economic relations with specific countries, international economic summits, trade, foreign investment, energy, oil prices, OPEC, food aid, grain sales, Maritime affairs, and foreign aid. The two subject files in this collection were opened to research in 2007, so all of the series are now available.

Two additional segments of the Melvin R. Laird Papers, relating to his work as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1972. The first concerns equal opportunity and race relations in the military. The primary focus is on African Americans, although it also includes items on women, the handicapped, and other minorities. The second segment concerns drug abuse among military personnel.

Papers of Charles J. Orlebeke, Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, 1975–77. The collection focuses on the areas of housing, community development, and urban policy with much relating to the work of the President's Committee on Urban Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. Access to the materials requires advance consultation with an archivist before a visit to the library in order to request that specific folders be added to the library's review-for-access queue. (9.3 linear feet)

The library added several thousand newly declassified pages to the artificial collection Ford Library Project File of Documents Declassified through the Remote Archive Capture (RAC) Program. The RAC Project File provides access to copies of declassified documents that are embedded in closed, unprocessed parent collections.

An accretion to the papers of Eric D. Thuma in the Composite General Accessions collection, 1976–80. The material consists of 194 slides, one photograph, and digital images on two CD-ROMs related to President Ford's 1976 reelection campaign activities in Michigan, the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, and Professor Thuma's Oakland Community College radio documentary, The Making of the President in the Bicentennial Year and his public service radio program, Epilogue. Included are campaign photographs on a variety of subjects and transcripts of Thuma's interviews with numerous and various political and public figures, including Walter Cronkite, Trustee Lee Bollinger, Father Charles Coughlin, John Dean, George Will, and Rock Hudson.

The library opened the audiovisual materials in the papers of Trustee Roderick M. Hills, Counsel to the President and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman in the Ford administration, Corporate Executive and Attorney, 1975–2005. Included are audio and photos of SEC Chairman Hills's April 1976 appearance on Wall Street Week and audio of his November 1976 address to the Economic Club of New York, various post-Ford administration speeches, and a set of audio recordings from the 1979 AEI Forum, "Choosing Presidential Candidates: How Good is the New Way?" (0.1 cubic feet).

Jimmy Carter Library

Additional Carter Family Papers.

State Files series and Speech Files.

Congressional Liaison-Robert Maher Subject Files.

Ronald Reagan Library

Governor's Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1967–75, Legislative Unit, Boxes L312 through L650. The collection, now open in full, consists of copies of legislation submitted to the Governor for his signature, copies of earlier versions of the bills, and reports completed by various departments of the state government assessing the impact of the legislation.

Segments of the White House Speechwriting Office: Speech Research Office, 1987–1/20/1989, and case files 1-200000 for White House Office of Records Management Subject File category FG006-01 (White House Office). This is approximately the years 1981–83.

The Howard Baker and Ken Duberstein collections. The material consists of administrative material handled by the chief of staff including the transition to the George H.W. Bush administration. Subject files are linked to events from the last two years of the Reagan administration: recovering from the Iran Contra investigation; Supreme Court nominees; and U.S.-USSR summits and arms control.

The Peter Keisler collection. The material covers the nominations of Robert Bork and Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court, and his work on the Legal Analysis Team studying legal issues related to the Iran-Contra investigations. The bulk of his material consisted of printed and published material. This segment also includes any WHORM Subject File case files relative to Keisler.

The Presidential Briefing Papers, consisting of a work sheet listing the President's activities for an individual day. Attached are briefing papers or appointment/scheduling memos briefly outlining each of the President's activities of the day.

George H. W. Bush Library

Records processed in response to the following Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request have been opened for research: 2004-0145-F (WHORM Subject Code CO134, Saudi Arabia).

William J. Clinton Library

Records processed in response to the following Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request have been opened for research: 2006-0886-F Call logs of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.