Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties—Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Nixon—secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.
We've compiled some new transcripts from the 1962 and 1966 mid-term elections.
Veteran journalist Daniel Schorr died on July 23, 2010. During the Nixon White House years, Schorr so earned president's ire that he was placed on Nixon's infamous enemies list. Below are some excerpts from the Nixon tapes concerning Schorr.
The Senate's longest-serving member, Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, died on June 28, 2010.
There are only a few conversations in the White House tapes in which Byrd was a participant, some of which are compiled here.
A roundup of some of the press mentions of PRP scholars and work in the past month or so, including Slate.com, POLITICO, WashingtonPost.com, The Atlantic, and the Daily Progress.
With controversies swirling about the Obama White House's apparent efforts to dissuade Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff from running for election, we have examples from both Democratic and Republican White Houses trying to influence primaries through job offers.
Fred Malek's 1971 memo for Richard Nixon listing Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics has landed him in much controversy before, and new documents highlighted in recent days by Slate.com and the Washington Post have intensified that controversy. In this clip from the Nixon tapes, the President issues orders for Malek to "see what we can do about" Jews in the federal government.
Future Supreme Court justice Abe Fortas, on a secret mission to Puerto Rico at President Johnson's behest, gives the President an update on the latest efforts to bring peace and stability to the Dominican Republic. Because the calls were coming in over an unencrypted line, Fortas and Johnson used a variety of ad hoc codes in an attempt to disguise at least to some degree the topics of their conversations. Part way through, the call is gatecrashed by some uninvited guests, and Fortas tries desperately to get their attention and get them off the line.
Clifford Hardin, Secretary of Agriculture in the Nixon administration, died April 4, 2010. We have published a few transcripts involving or mentioning Hardin.
President Johnson's tapes provide a remarkable inside look at city, state, and federal government officials struggling to establish control over the civil unrest in large, urban cities such as Detroit, Washington DC, and Chicago in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The archivists at the LBJ Library have recently won a prestigious award for their multi-year processing of the LBJ telephone tapes. We extend our hearty congratulations to the team for this well-deserved recognition of their efforts in making these remarkable tapes available.
Alexander Haig, Jr., dies on February 20. Haig, Jr., served in several capacities in the Nixon administration, including as Deputy National Security Adviser (1970-73), Vice Chief of Staff of the Army (1973), and White House Chief of Staff (1973-74). He later became Secretary of State in the Reagan∇ administration (1981-82).
Haig appears frequently on the Nixon tapes, and we've put together a selection of notable instances.
Through their interactions with the White House while Congressmen, Senators, or Governors, several future presidents have been captured on the White House tapes. For Presidents Day, we have pulled together some of the recorded conversations with Gerald Ford∇, Ronald Reagan∇, and Richard Nixon∇ before they moved into the Oval Office.
Former Senator Charles "Mac" Mathias, Republican of Maryland, has passed away. Mathias was frequently at odds with his fellow Republicans--not the least, President Richard Nixon∇--something reflected in the conversations in the Nixon tapes in which he is mentioned. Below are some Nixon tapes conversations in which he is mentioned.
For Black History Month we have released some new transcripts of conversations between Dr. Martin Luther King and President Johnson from 1965.
We have collected transcripts and summaries of conversations recorded on the Nixon tapes involving or mentioning former Virginia governor Linwood Holton. When he assumed office in 1970, Holton became the first Republican governor of the state since 1874.