Magazine article American Libraries

Nixon Library Director Promises to Release Tapes, Papers

Magazine article American Libraries

Nixon Library Director Promises to Release Tapes, Papers

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Responding to critics who fear that the transfer of former President Nixon's materials from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington to his library in Yorba Linda, California (AL, Mar., p. 17-18), will jeopardize public access, Nixon Presidential Library Director John H. Taylor has pledged to make public a substantial number of papers and recordings that have remained secret.

In an exchange of letters with newly appointed National Archivist Allen Weinstein, Taylor agreed to release hundreds of hours of Nixon tapes involving Republican Party business, as well as most of Nixon's papers from before and after his presidency, the New York Times reported March 18. He also promised to plan another conference on the Vietnam War in place of one the library cancelled for April--a step that had triggered a round of criticism from the American Library Association and 16 historians, who sent letters to Congress asking that the archives transfer be suspended unless stronger guarantees of public access are written into law.

"The issue here is not so much the conference itself," ALA Office of Government Relations Director Lynne E. …

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