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First Lady's Press Office Files, White House Central Files, 1969-1974
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Description
The First Lady’s Press office contains information relative to the activities of the Press Office staff. These activities included conducting press briefings, dissmeninating press releases, compiling news summaries, and working with various media outlets to publicize events and promote the image of Mrs. Nixon and members of the First Family.
Background
The First Lady’s Press Office was responsible for communications with the press corps regarding the activities of Mrs. Nixon and the First Family. Gerry Van der Heuvel served as the First Lady’s Press Secretary from January to October 1969. She was followed by Constance Stuart, who served from October 1969 to the spring of 1973. Upon her departure, her assistant, Helen Smith, took over as Press Secretary until the end of the Nixon administration. The office held bi-weekly press briefings and produced press releases. The office was responsible for organizing press coverage for various events, trips, and activities, as well as fielding requests by members of the press for interviews with the First Family.
Extent
56 linear feet, 10 linear inches; 130 boxes
Restrictions
Most government records are in the public domain; however, this series includes commercial materials, such as newspaper clippings, that may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the copyright holder for information.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Some materials may be unavailable based upon categories of materials exempt from public release established in the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974.