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Nixon Presidential Materials; Reproduction

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).


Final rule.


NARA is revising the regulations for obtaining copies of the Nixon White House tape recordings, which are in NARA custody. First, NARA is now allowing the public to obtain copies of all Nixon White House tape recordings after they are officially released to the public. Previously, NARA only permitted the public to Start Printed Page 44766obtain selected tape recordings. Second, the ban on self-service copying of these tapes is lifted. These changes reflect modifications in the 1996 Nixon Tapes Settlement Agreement that became effective April 1, 2001. This final rule will apply to the public.


August 5, 2002.

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Kim Richardson at telephone number 301-837-2902, or fax number 301-837-0319.

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The proposed rule was published in the March 15, 2002, Federal Register (67 FR 11632) for a 60-day comment period. NARA did not receive any comments. This rule is a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 and has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, I certify that this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation does not have any federalism implications.

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List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 1275

  • Archives and records
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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, NARA amends part 1275 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 1275 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 2104, 2111 note.

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1. Amend § 1275.64 by revising paragraph (d) to read as follows:

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Reproduction of tape recordings of Presidential conversations.
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(d) The reproduction for members of the public of the reference copies of the available tape recordings described in paragraph (a) of this section will be permitted as follows: Copies of tape recordings will be made available following the public release of the tape segments contemplated in § 1275.42(a). Effective as of April 20, 2001, NARA will allow members of the public to obtain copies of all tapes that have been made available to the public by that date and that subsequently become available as they are released. Such copying will be controlled by NARA or its designated contractor. The fees for the reproduction of the tape recordings under this section shall be those prescribed in the schedule set forth in part 1258 of this chapter.

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2. Amend § 1275.66 by revising paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Reproduction and authentication of other materials.

(a) Copying of materials, including tape recordings described in § 1275.64, may be done by NARA, by a contractor designated by NARA, or by researchers using self-service copiers or copying equipment.

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3. Amend Appendix A to Part 1275—Settlement Agreement, by revising the introductory paragraph to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 1275—Settlement Agreement

Settlement Agreement filed April 12, 1996, in Stanley I. Kutler and Public Citizen v. John W. Carlin, Archivist of the United States, and William E. Griffin and John H. Taylor, Co-executors of Richard M. Nixon's Estate, Civil Action No. 92-0662-NHJ (D.D.C.) (Johnson, J.). By letter dated April 17, 2001, NARA and the Nixon estate agreed to waive paragraph 11 of this Settlement Agreement, such that the delay on public copying until January 1, 2003, of tapes not made publicly available before April 12, 1996, shall no longer apply. This change is reflected in 36 CFR 1275.64.

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Dated: May 23, 2002.

John W. Carlin,

Archivist of the United States.

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[FR Doc. 02-16663 Filed 7-3-02; 8:45 am]