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Richard M. Nixon Presidential Daily Diary, 1969-1974
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The Daily Diary of files represents a consolidated record of the President’s activities. The Daily Diary chronicles the activities of the President, from the time he left the private residence until he retired for the day, including personal and private meetings, events, social and speaking engagements, trips, telephone calls, meals, routine tasks, and recreational pursuits. For any given meeting, telephone call, or event, the Daily Diary usually lists the time, location, persons involved (or a reference to an appendix listing individuals present), and type of event. This series also includes supporting materials used to compile the Daily Diary, such as the President's official weekly schedule, telephone logs, and Presidential movement logs. Files in the series also concern President Richard Nixon's visit in February 1972 to the People's Republic of China.
On December 23, 1969, after President Nixon requested its creation, the National Archives and Records Service detailed Walter Barbash and Terry Good to the President's Appointment Office to set up the Daily Diary. It was created to serve a twofold purpose. First, as a Presidential activities log it was to provide for the immediate use of the staff a rapid retrieval of information needed in planning a balanced schedule, maximizing the use of the President's time. Secondly, it was created to provide a central storage location for "personal papers" of all staff members turned over to the National Archives for an eventual Presidential library. From December 23, 1969 to June 14, 1971, Dwight Chapin and Alexander Butterfield were responsible, respectively, for supervision of the President's Daily Diary. On June 14, 1971 the Daily Diary effort became a semi-autonomous unit within the Office of Presidential Papers and Archives (OPPA). This semi-autonomous unit, the Nixon Records Liaison Staff, had as its Staff Director Jack Nesbitt. Jack Nesbitt and his staff were responsible for: coordination with the Office of Presidential Libraries, National Archives and Records Service (GSA) on day-to-day matters relating to the future Nixon Library, and provide liaison regarding Nixon Library matters with White House Staff, EXOP Agencies, Nixon Foundation, and Republican National Committee. The Nixon Records Liaison Staff, in order to carry out its responsibilities, supervised different records management programs. The staff directed three programs, that were created in 1969 to effectively control materials destined for an eventual Nixon presidential Library. The programs: President Nixon's Diary; Reference and Card Index on Presidential Contacts; and Courtesy Storage of Papers and Reference Service on Pre-Presidential Materials. With the exception of the Reference and Card Index on Presidential Contacts, these programs continued until President Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. The responsibility for the Reference and Card Index on Presidential Contacts program shifted to White House Central Files effective January 20, 1973. During 1971, other programs evolved. These programs included: exit interviews with key White House and EXOP Agency Staff; identification of White House photographs; purchase of books and periodicals; acquisition of personal papers of key Nixon Administration Officials; Nixon Library Vertical File; acquisition of Records of Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP) and Records of Republican National Committee (1960-1976); and Nixon Library Facility Planning. Records documenting these programs now comprise other file segments of the Office of Presidential Papers and Archives.
24 linear feet, 1 linear inch; 55 boxes
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.
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. The Daily Diary has been digitized and is available online at: http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/virtuallibrary/documents/dailydiary.php