John Brademas Congressional Papers
Nixon Tape Materials
In late 1974, the White House released a letter revealing an agreement
between Richard Nixon and Arthur Sampson, the Administrator of the
General Services Administration, regarding Nixon's presidential
records. The agreement granted Nixon control of the disposition
of presidential records and stipulated scheduled destruction.
Upon learning of the agreement, Brademas immediately took action
to prevent the potential loss and destruction of the records. As
a member of the Subcommittee on Printing of the House Administration,
Brademas became the chief House sponsor of legislation leading to
the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act. This
law declared all papers, tapes, and other documents of the Nixon
Administration the property of the Federal government. The legislation
also established the National Study Commission on Records and Documents
of Federal Officials. The final report of the commission studied
the question of disposition of records of federal officials and
resulted in the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which declared
that Presidents could no longer claim title to their papers.
Follow the links below to view images of press releases from Brademas'
office detailing these events.