New Nixon Tapes and Files ReleasedBy Charlie Savage
The National Archives is making public about 125 hours of tape and about 30,000 pages of documents from former President Richard M. Nixon’s administration at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
The complete audio files and scans of some representative documents will be posted at the Web site of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The full set of documents will be available to researchers at the National Archives annex in College Park, Md.
The newly released materials center on January and February 1973 and may shed new light on a turbulent and intense moment in American history. The period included Nixon’s second inauguration, a ceasefire agreement for Vietnam, and the criminal trial of seven men accused in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex amid mounting revelations of their ties to the White House.
Most of the tapes related to the Watergate scandal, which would lead to Nixon’s resignation 20 months later amid an impeachment effort, have already been released, but scholars say some new materials on that topic are expected.