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Date: 
Sep 14, 1971 - Sep 15, 1971
Location: 
Executive Office Building
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-1 Date: September 14, 1971 Time: Unknown between 8:56 pm and 8:59 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Paul W. Keyes. [The recording begins at an unknown time while the conversation is in progress] [See Conversation No. 9-12]
Conversation No. 277-2 Date: September 14, 1971 Time: 9:16 pm - 9:18 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Paul W. Keyes. [See Conversation No. 9-13; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation] ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 47s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 **********************************************************************
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-3 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 11:05 am - 11:15 am Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler. Attica prison riot -Ziegler’s conversation with John D. Ehrlichman -Ehrlichman’s conversation with Nelson A. Rockefeller -Time -Autopsies on hostages -Advice -Low profile stance of administration -Support by the administration of Rockefeller -The administration’s response -Possible press conference statements -Decision-making process by the administration -The administration’s relationship with Rockefeller -Events concerning Attica riot -Possible outside influence -Action of inmates -Confrontation between guards and inmates -Stance -The left-wing and radicals -Comparison to anti-Vietnam War moratoriums -Public statement by the administration -Decision by Rockefeller -Position of responsibility -Administration’s position on situation -Rockefeller -Action -Telephone call to Ehrlichman -Timing -Possible public statements -May Day demonstrators Forthcoming press conference -Possible question -George S. McGovern -Trip to Vietnam
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-3 (cont.)
-Security problem -The President’s travels abroad -Latin America, Peru, Burma, Pakistan -Possible response -Details -Comments -Ambassador -McGovern’s security Edmund S. Muskie -Time magazine story Attica -Decision -The President’s position Ziegler left at 11:15 am.
Conversation No. 277-4 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 11:15 am and 11:59 am Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-14]
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-5 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 11:59 am - 12:01 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-15]
Conversation No. 277-33 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:01 pm and 12:18 pm Location: Executive Office Building An unknown woman [Mary A. (“Toni”) Sidley?] entered at an unknown time after 12:01 pm. Schedule The unknown woman [Sidley?] left at an unknown time before 12:18 pm.
Conversation No. 277-6 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 12:18 pm - 12:20 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-17]
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-7 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 12:24 pm - 12:25 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-19]
Conversation No. 277-8 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 12:37 pm - 12:39 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-21]
Conversation No. 277-9 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:39 pm and 1:05 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Schedule -Meeting request
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-10 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 1:05 pm - 2:10 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Weather -Temperature -President’s schedule, September 14, 1971 -[Truman] balcony The press -Instructions to Ronald L. Ziegler regarding contacts with the press -Response -Call from James B. (“Scotty”) Reston to Ziegler -Time -Appointment request -Max Frankel -Robert B. Semple, Jr. -New York Times -Henry A. Kissinger -Conversation with Reston -Strategy involved -Pressure -Contacts -Ziegler’s handling -Kissinger -Clearance with Ziegler, Haldeman -Joseph C. Kraft -In-depth interviews with newspapers -Handling prior to election time -Timing -Richard L. (“Dick”) Wilson -Stewart J.O. Alsop -Attitude towards the administration -Agreements by Ziegler
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 55s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 ********************************************************************** The press -Alsop -Handling during forthcoming year -Written articles compared with interviews -US News & World Report -Possible article by the President -Associated Press [AP] and United Press International [UPI] -Reston -Edmund S. Muskie -Ziegler -Thomas W. Braden -Semple -President’s view -The New York Times interviews -Frankel, Reston -Protection of the administration -Semple, Edward Dale -Strategy towards the press -Exclusive interviews -George P. Shultz’s view -Dale, Semple -The administration’s relations with the press -Ziegler -Press attitude -Type of support for the administration -Los Angeles Times -Relationship with the administration -Claude Erwin -New York Post
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Don Erwing [sp?] -Reston’s inquiry to Kissinger -Haldeman’s involvement -Response -Estimation of newspaper response -The President’s relationship with the press -Possible outcome -Question of interviews -Alsop, Chalmers Roberts -Ziegler -George Putnam -Influence -Compared to Reston -Votes The President’s schedule -National Security Council [NSC] -Meeting -Time -John B. Connally -Return from trip -Time -Date -Schedule for meeting -Date -Time -Camp David -Florida -Problems -Discussion -Chain of events -Type of schedule -Days of the week -Scheduling of days -Wednesday -Preparation for possible press conference Press relations -Briefing book for press conferences -Patrick J. Buchanan -Responsibility for briefing book
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Current situations -Updating -Day of the week -Preparation for the President -Reduction of questions for the President -Update of events -Day of the week -Weekly review for the President -Local news -Accuracy -John N. Mitchell -Connally -Shultz -Edwin Hoyt’s use of contacts in the White House -Herbert G. Klein -Rose Mary Woods -Knowledge -Answers to questions -Duty as personal secretary -Position -Edward C. Nixon Publication of books -Individuals writing books -Time -Paul Healy -Administration reaction towards writing books about the President -Time period before the election -Lack of time -After election -Effects on the President -Rowland Evans and Robert D. Novak -Nixon in the White House: The Frustration of Power -Lyndon Johnson: An Exercise in Power -The People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Economic action -Inclusion at end of book -Publication of errata -Style of writing -Authenticity of book on the President -Kissinger
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Evans -Accuracy of facts, quotes -Hugh S. Sidey -Columns versus books -Effects -Effects of PRC developments -Buchanan’s opinion of Evans’ book -Bestselling book’s impact -Type of book -Reader’s Digest -Personal focus -Story of Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman, Klein, William L. Safire, Robert H. Finch, Donald H. Rumsfeld -Buchanan’s view -Type of book -Possible effect of book -Comparison to Victor Lasky’s book on John F. Kennedy -Conservatives -Book on Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Effect of book about the President -Perceptions -Arthur F. Burns’ role in the administration -Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan -Type of story -Buchanan -More books published about the President -Look magazine article about Haldeman -William Loeb -Unknown book -Evans -Kennedy -Reston Press stories -Pentagon Papers -Kissinger -Involvement of the New York Times -Interviews -Meeting between the President and Kissinger -Reston -Contact issue
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Question of interview with Kissinger -Instruction for Haldeman to talk with Kissinger Security of documents -Papers of the White House staff -[Forename unknown] Reitzel (sp?) -Retrieval system within the administration -NSC papers -Kissinger -Importance -Distribution among NSC staff -Handling -Post-election period -Kissinger -Possession -Location -Establishment of special safekeeping measures -Possible problems -Coordination of efforts -Kissinger -Contacts -George S. McGovern, Edward M. Kennedy -William P. Rogers -Handling of contacts -White House location Scheduling -Warren E. Burger -Meetings with groups -Value -Clark MacGregor -Congressional leaders, members -Presidential trips -Types of events -Focus -Type of meeting held at Camp David -Second line staff -Safire -Paul A. Volcker -Focus -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Safire, Kenneth W. Dam -Ehrlichman, Weinberger -Forthcoming economic action -Quadriad -Astronauts -Trip to Camp David Cabinet -Connally -Forthcoming talk with Haldeman -Leadership -Rogers -Rogers C.B. Morton -George W. Romney -Maurice H. Stans -Peter G. Peterson -John A. Volpe -Elliot L. Richardson -Politics compared with administrative work Press relations -Interviews in the Oval Office -Television -News hour -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -Announcement -Timing -Press conferences -Editors -Question and answer [Q&A] sessions -Detroit -East Wing -News hour -Press conference scheduling -Number of appearances by the President since July 1 The President’s meetings with small groups -Effectiveness -Meetings -Education factor -Color reports on meetings
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Kennedy administration Evans and Novak book -Challenging of judgements, facts -Knowledge of details -Drew Pearson -Column -Columns The President’s schedule -Florida -Charlotte, North Carolina [William F. (“Billy”) Graham tribute] -Opening of Disney World -Veteran’s Day weekend -Possible preview visit by the President -Orlando, Florida -Importance -Publicity -Interest by foreigners in Disneyland -Visitors -Disneyland compared to Disneyworld -Southern California -Florida -Events -Jews -Dinner Evans and Novak book -Ehrlichman’s reaction -Campaign comparison -Focus -John R. Chamberlain Unknown woman Evans and Novak book Programs -Possible changes Polls
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Effectiveness of the President’s actions -Leadership -Meetings with groups of individuals -Influence -Productivity Economy -Connally -Burns -Monetary issues -Predictions -Shultz -Connally -Penn Central Corporation -Collapse of stock market The media -Publication of Edith Efron’s book Attica State Prison riots -Nelson A. Rockefeller -Position -Decision -Hostages -Killings -Number of killings -Sequence -Decision by Rockefeller -Convicts -Guard killings -Effect of kill ratio -Rockefeller -Relation of situation to Cambodia -[Arnold] Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner -Course of action by Rockefeller Presidential leadership -Perceptions -The PRC initiative -Public view of presidential authority -Use of power of presidential office
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
-Sidey’s column -Possible impact -Asia -Japan and China -Economic conditions -Cambodia -Use of power in foreign policy -PRC trip -Use of power in handling domestic issues -The economy The President’s staff Congressional relations Polls -Charles W. Colson -Imbalance of positive and negative [Unintelligible] Staff -Morale -Recent actions -News summary reports -Sense of activity ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 1m 12s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 ********************************************************************** [Unintelligible]
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-10 (cont.)
Opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -Leonard Bernstein -Mass -Reviews -Performances, architecture, theaters -Response -Emotional impact -Unknown person’s criticism ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 27s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3 ********************************************************************** Buchanan -Evans and Novak book Haldeman left at 2:10 pm. Conversation No. 277-11 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 2:10 pm and 2:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable]
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
[Duration: 46s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 ********************************************************************** Sanchez left at an unknown time before 2:30 pm.
Conversation No. 277-12 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 2:10 pm and 2:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 3s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 ********************************************************************** Sanchez left at an unknown time before 2:30 pm.
Conversation No. 277-13 Date: September 15, 1971
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-12 (cont.)
Time: Unknown between 2:10 pm and 2:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 2s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 ********************************************************************** Sanchez left at an unknown time before 2:30 pm. Conversation No. 277-14 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 2:30 pm - 2:32 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield. President’s schedule -Details Butterfield left at 2:32 pm.
Conversation No. 277-15 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 2:32 pm - 2:33 pm
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-23]
Conversation No. 277-16 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 2:33 pm and 2:37 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger. Kissinger’s schedule -Meeting with the President -The President’s forthcoming press conference Conversation No. 277-17 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 2:33 pm and 2:37 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-24]
Conversation No. 277-18 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 2:37 pm - 3:15 pm Location: Executive Office Building
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. [See Conversation No. 9-25] Henry A. Kissinger entered at 2:38 pm. [End of telephone conversation] Press conference, September 16, 1971 -Report on US foreign aid -Democratic elections -Statistics -Number of countries -Elective processes -Democratic elections compared to contested elections -Contested elections -William R. Tolbert, Jr. -Liberia -Elections -Number of countries -United Nations [UN] -US position on membership -Secretary of State -People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Taiwan, Republic of China -PRC trip -James B. (“Scotty”) Reston column -Forthcoming details -Vietnam -US relations with PRC -Vietnam -US military -Withdrawal -Protection of forces -Demilitarized Zone [DMZ] -North Vietnamese actions -Helicopters -National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Time -Arrangements -Troop withdrawals
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-18 (cont.)
-Announcement -Speculation -Future announcements -Timing -Proposed announcement of troop withdrawal -Forthcoming South Vietnamese Presidential election -Nguyen Van Thieu -Negotiations -Announcement -Time -Thieu -Ambassador Ellsworth F. Bunker -Forthcoming South Vietnamese Presidential election -Thieu’s opponents -US foreign aid -Contested elections -Great Britain -Parliamentary procedures -Question and answer sessions -Position of Prime Minister -Speaker of the House of Commons Presidential press conferences -Format -On the record, no correction -Organization of conference Press conference, September 16, 1971 -Statements -Negotiations -Kissinger’s role Vietnam -Response -Congress -US patriotism -Elections in South Vietnam -Questions -Vietnamization -Republicans -Attitudes during phased US withdrawal
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-18 (cont.)
-Opponents -Support of war -Current status -Lack of support -Chronology -November 3, 1969 Speech -Cambodia -Laos (Lam Son 719) Amchitka Nuclear nest -Timing -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] trip announcement -PRC trip -USSR -Timing of nuclear test -Proximity to time of announcement -The PRC -USSR -Timing of announcement [Unintelligible] Vietnam -Prisoner of war [POW] situation -Effect on election -Troop withdrawal -Timing of action -Possible questions on negotiations -Ceasefire -Military operations -Perceptions -Thieu -POW situation -US action -Troop withdrawal -Possible methods of negotiating -Deadline -Time Foreign affairs -USSR -Relations with PRC
23 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-18 (cont.)
-Position in Southeast Asia -Relations -Negotiations -Moscow -Timing of Peking trip -US alternatives for proposal -Thieu -Position -USSR -The President’s forthcoming meeting with Andrei A. Gromyko -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Handling of negotiations -Reactions to recent developments -The President’s domestic opponents -Kissinger’s trip to the PRC -Peking -The President’s schedule Vietnam -Timing of action -November -Withdrawal of troops -Haig -Announcement of withdrawal -Military service draft -Number of troops -Time -Christmas period -Announcement -Additional announcements -Time -Type of announcement -Effect of announcement -Number of troops withdrawn -The President’s PRC trip -Troop withdrawal -The President’s trip to the USSR -Thieu -Importance of strength -Troop withdrawal -Effect
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-18 (cont.)
-Election -Withdrawal -Timing -William F. Buckley -Thieu -Kissinger’s forthcoming meetings -US position -Timing -Fall 1971 -Thieu -Deadlines Kissinger left at 3:15 pm.
Conversation No. 277-19 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 3:15 pm and 4:15 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-26]
Conversation No. 277-20 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 4:15 pm - 4:38 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with Charles W. Colson. [See Conversation No. 9-27; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation]
25 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conv. No. 277-18 (cont.)
Conversation No. 277-21 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 4:38 pm and 4:44 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with an unknown person. Request for unknown person -Schedule
Conversation No. 277-22 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 4:38 pm and 4:44 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-28]
Conversation No. 277-23 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 4:44 pm - 4:48 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with George P. Shultz. [See Conversation No. 9-29]
26 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-24 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 4:48 pm and 5:15 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Mary A. (“Toni”) Sidley. Alexander P. Butterfield’s schedule Sidley left at an unknown time before 5:15 pm.
Conversation No. 277-25 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 5:15 pm - 5:22 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. [See Conversation No. 9-30; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation]
Conversation No. 277-26 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 5:22 pm and 7:23 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with an unknown person. Schedule -Request for a call back
27 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-27 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 5:22 pm and 7:23 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. Briefing book -Additional pages Schedule -Sally Inge -Typing -Departure Sanchez left at an unknown time before 7:23 pm.
Conversation No. 277-28 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 5:22 pm and 7:23 pm Location: Executive Office Building Unknown people met. Table -Location [Unintelligible] The unknown people left at an unknown time before 7:23 pm.
28 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-29 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: 7:23 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-31]
Conversation No. 277-30 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 7:23 pm and 9:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President talked with the White House operator. [See Conversation No. 9-32]
Conversation No. 277-31 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 7:23 pm and 9:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. Pen Schedule -Sally Inge Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:00 pm.
29 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 277-32 Date: September 15, 1971 Time: Unknown between 7:23 pm and 9:30 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Manolo Sanchez. ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 4s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 ********************************************************************** Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:00 pm.