Scope and Content of Collection
Title: James H. Cavanaugh Papers, White House Central Files, 1969-1974
Collection Number: 6148906
Cavanaugh, James H. (James Henry), 1937-
Extent: 24 linear feet, 1 linear inch; 55 boxes
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Abstract: James H. Cavanaugh served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Science Affairs-Health, Education, and Welfare
(HEW) and the Associate Director for the Domestic Council. This file group is reflective of Cavanaugh’s responsibilities as
a staff member in the office of the Secretary of HEW and more completely his tenure on the Domestic Council. His major area
of expertise involved fields related to health and education, including veterans and consumer affairs, vocational education,
manpower, and product safety programs.
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.
James H. Cavanaugh 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 James H. Cavanaugh file group documents, to some extent, Cavanaugh's responsibilities as a staff member in the office
of the Secretary of H.E.W., and more completely his tenure on the Domestic Council. His major areas of expertise involved
fields related to health and education, including veterans and consumer affairs, vocational education, manpower, and product
Almost half of the collection is comprised of an extensive Subject File, dealing with varied topics relevant to Cavanaugh's
positions on the Domestic Council. Also included is material devoted to Cabinet Departments, agencies, councils, and individuals
whom he dealt with professionally.
The Correspondence File contains incoming and outgoing correspondence relative to Cavanaugh's duties, as well as invitations
to speak at meetings and conferences. There is some correspondence to and from Melvin R. Laird interfiled in this series.
The series dealing with Meetings and Conferences contains invitations and scheduling of speaking engagements, and attendance
at specific events. The Presidential Scheduling and Activities series deals with suggestions for Presidential and First Family
events, with some for the Vice President as well.
There are also series of Speeches made by the President and others, and one highlighting Statements and proclamations on various
The two series of Reports and Publications provide printed material which, once again, deals mainly with health and education
Related files which may be of interest include the Special Files collections of John D. Ehrlichman who was the first head
of the Domestic Council, and Egil Krogh, who had some responsibility for drugs and housing, two peripheral areas in which
Cavanaugh had an interest. The Central Files categories ED (Education), FG 6-15 (Domestic Council), FG 23 (Department of Health,
Education and Welfare), HE (Health), HU (Human Rights), IN (Insurance), and, to a lesser extent, FG 109 (Equal Employment
Commission), and FG 325 (ACTION) may provide further material for research.