February 1971 and July 1973, President Richard Nixon secretly recorded 3,700 hours of
his phone calls and meetings across the executive offices. These recordings
played a leading role in the resignation of our 37th president on August
9, 1974. They remain perhaps the greatest treasure of information ever
left by a president, as well as the most complex, controversial set of
presidential records in U.S. history. However, today these recordings
remain relatively unexplored on non-Watergate topics.
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dissemination of digitized Nixon tape audio and transcripts. We have the most complete
digitized Nixon tape collection in existence--approximately 2,300 hours spread over 2.5
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George H.W. Bush: "I am pleased that you have found no record
of his having made unpleasant comments about me."
Charles W. Colson: "I'm thrilled that people have been driven
to your website."
John W. Dean III: "I am delighted to discover the good work
you are doing."
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.: "I am
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protect the integrity of these tapes and to proffer them to anyone with an
interest to listen."
John Kerry: "Best
Henry A. Kissinger: "I deeply respect the work that you do."
G. Gordon Liddy: "You have my complete support and
Nancy Reagan: "Listening to the recordings was a nice walk
down memory lane for me, but they are of historical importance, too."
Donald H. Rumsfeld: "I remember well how surprised I was when I
was told that he was taping meetings in the various locations where he spent
William Safire: "I
listen raptly to the recordings of 24 of my telephone conversations with
President Nixon that you were good enough to send. As a part-time historian, I
was fascinated --- and am eager to hear more."
George P. Shultz: "Thank you very much for sending me the
three CDs of my telephone conversations with President Nixon."
Special Report with Bret Baier "Political Grapevine" segment on
John Dean and Luke A. Nichter (2:53, begins 1:55)
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- December 9, 2010: Chronological Release 5.4:
265 hours of tapes released by the National Archives on December 9,
2010; recordings were made between February 1973 and March 1973