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Historians, letter dated October 23, 1974, to Chairman Brademas. 124 Koffler, Joseph H.: Koffler v. Ford
111 Lewis, Finley, Washington correspondent of the Minneapolis Tribune,
an article entitled “Presidential Papers an attempt to Own History”. 150
145 Presidential papers in the library of Congress
90 McCord, James W., Jr.: McCord v. Ford, Buchen, Simon, and Sampson.
107 Miller, Arthur, professor, George Washington University Law School: “Who Owns the Nixon Tapes?" an editorial.
54 Letter to Chairman Brademas, dated Oct. 9, 1974..
120 Nixon, Richard M., former President of the United States: Letter to
Arthur Sampson, administrator, General Services Administration,
135 Nixon v. Sampson (briefs) : Motion for preliminary injunction
156 Memorandum of plaintiffs, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press...
176 Memorandum of amici curiae.
226 Relyea, Harold C., analyst in American National Government,
Government and General Research Division, Library of Congress,
142 Reston, James, an article entitled "Nation's Memory"
154 Saxbe, Hon. William B., a U.S. Attorney General, Text of a Legal Opinión to the President, dated Sept. 6, 1974.--
45 Schnapper, M. B., editor of Public Affairs, a statement entitled
"Discovery of a George Washington Letter on Public Ownership
43 Letter to Chairman Brademas, dated November 11, 1974, with attachments.--.
124 Treacy, Vincent E., legislative attorney, Library of Congress Memorandum to Chairman Brademas, dated Sept. 24, 1974, enclosing statement entitled "Ownership of Presidential Papers”.
THE "PUBLIC DOCUMENTS ACT"
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1974
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRINTING
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:05 a.m., in room 2175, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. John Brademas (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Brademas (presiding), Jones, and Koch.
Also present: Bill Sudow, counsel, and Ralph Murphy, assistant minority clerk.
Mr. BRADEMAS. The Subcommittee on Printing of the Committee on House Administration will come to order for the purpose of conducting hearings on H.R. 16902, and related bills, regarding the disposition and preservation of pubíic documents of Federal officials. [H.R. 16902 and related bills follows:]
H. R. 16902
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SEPTEMBER 26, 1974 Mr. BRADEMAS (for himself and Mr. Haxsex of Idaho) introduced the fol
lowing bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To establish a commission to study rules and procedures for the
disposition and preservation of records and documents of Federal officials.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the “Public Docu
5 ments Act”.
SEC. 2. Chapter 33 of title 44, United States Code, is
7 amended by adding at the end thereof the following new
"SEC, 3315. For purposes of section 3316 throngh sec
11 tion 3324–
“(1) the term 'Federal office' means the office of
President or Vice President of the United States, or
Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident
"(2) the term 'Commission' means the National Study Commission on Federal Records and Papers of Elected Officials; and
“(3) the term 'records and documents' shall in
clude handwritten and typewritten documents, motion pictures, television tapes and recordings, magnetic tapes, automated data processing documentation in various forms, and other records that reveal the history of the
"ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION
.."SEC. 3316. There is established a commission to be
16. known as the National Study Commission on Federal Rec
17 ords and Documents of Federal Officials.
"DUTIES OF COMMISSION
19 "SEC. 3317. It shall be the duty of the Commission to 20 study problems and questions with respect to the control, 21 disposition, and preservation of records and documents pro22 duced by or on behalf of individuals holding Federal office 23 and officers of the Federal Government, with a view toward 24, the, development of appropriate legislative recommendations 25 and other appropriate rules and procedures with respect to
1 such control, disposition, and preservation. Such study shall
2 include consideration of
“(1) whether the historical practice of regarding the records and documents produced by or on behalf of Presidents of the United States should be rejected or accepted and whether such policy should be made applicable with respect to individuals holding Federal office
and of officers of the Federal Government, including
Members of the Congress and members of the Federal
“(2) the relationship of such conclusions and findings to the provisions of section 1901 through section 1914 and section 2101 through section 2108 of title 44, United States Code, and other Federal laws' regarding the disposition and preservation of papers of elected or appointed officials;
“(3) whether such findings and conclusions should affect the control and disposition of records and documents of agencies within the Executite Office of the
President created for short-term purposes by the
“(4) the recordkeeping procedures of the White House Office, with a view toward establishing means to determine which papers and documents are produced by or on behalf of the President of the United States;