Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Council of Economic Advisers Papers, White House Central Files, 1969-1974
Collection Number: 6167102
Council of Economic Advisors
Extent: 6 linear feet, 7 linear inches; 15 boxes
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Abstract: The Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) advised the President on economic developments, appraised the economic policies of
the Federal Government, made future projections and prepared the annual economic report of the President. As the council became
involved in a broader range of subjects, its direct advisory role to the President expanded to include advisory work with
many departments, agencies, and offices within the Executive Branch. This finding aid covers only the Council’s staff files
and does not include the files of the chairmen and members.
Language of Material: English
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.
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.
Council of Economic Advisers Papers, White House Central Files, 1969-1974. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
These materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of
the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. 1695) and implementing regulations.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) was established in the Executive Office of the President by the Employment Act of 1946.
The Council now functions under that legislation and Reorganization Plan 9 of 1953. The Council's primary responsibility is
to provide the President with analyses and recommendations on economic matters to promote full employment, growth and stability.
The Council advises the President on economic developments, appraises the economic policies of the Federal Government, issues
regular reports and forecasts on current economic conditions, and future economic projections. Much of the Council's activity
centers around the preparation of the annual economic report of the President.
The Council's role has broadened far beyond the primary goal of macroeconomic policy set forth in the Employment Act. As the
Council has become increasingly involved in a broader range of subjects, its direct advisory role to the President has been
expanded to include advisory work with many departments, agencies and offices in the Executive Branch. Members of the Council's
staff maintain close working relationships with other agencies and assist in evaluating programs and developing new ones.
The Council consists of three members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. One of the members
is designated by the President as chairman. The Council's chairmen during the Nixon Administration were Paul W. McCracken
and Herbert Stein. Hendrik S. Houthakker, Ezra Solomon and Marina von Neumann Whitman served as members. Sidney L. Jones and
Gary L. Seevers were Special Assistants to the Chairmen. The members and staff are recruited from the business, research and
This finding aid covers only the Council's staff files and does not include the files of the chairmen and members. The staff
files are arranged in two series, CEA Staff Chronological Files, and CEA Staff Subject Files. The former comprise about 86
percent of the file group's volume. The CEA Staff Chronological Files are arranged alphabetically by name of staff person,
or into thirty-one separate subseries, and then chronologically within each subseries. The Staff Subject Files are arranged
alphabetically by folder title.