Richard Nixon Foundation

The Richard Nixon Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. It was founded in August 1983[1] by Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, and served as the governing body of the Nixon Library for nearly twenty years.[2] Today it operates the Nixon Library in conjunction with the National Archives and Records Administration,[3] which is an entity of the federal government of the United States, in addition to undertaking charitable and education-based activities.

The Nixon Foundation founded, controlled and operated the Nixon Library from the library's dedication on July 19, 1990 until July 11, 2007, at which the Foundation invited the National Archives to take control.[2] The two entities signed a joint operating agreement which allowed the library to become officially known as the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, welcoming it into the national system of presidential libraries. This move allowed President Nixon's White House documents to be moved to his library in Yorba Linda.[2]

The Nixon Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, led by former Nixon White House Director of Presidential Advance Ronald H. Walker. The board includes President Nixon's daughters Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, his brother Edward Nixon, former Ambassador George Argyros[4] former California Governor Pete Wilson, and longest-serving Vietnam War POW Everett Alvarez, Jr. The Foundation's President and CEO is William Baribault.[5]

Nixon Library and Gardens
Nixon Library and Gardens

The Foundation has hosted United States presidents, first ladies and several vice presidents.[6] Also hosted have been public affairs commentators such as Bill O'Reilly, academics such as Doris Kearns Goodwin,[6] and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.[7]

The library includes "Meet the Presidents," in which presidential impersonators speak to several hundred school-aged children.[8] To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Nixon Foundation brought 16 tons of warped steel from the World Trade Center and a damaged, first-responder FDNY firetruck to the Nixon Library for viewing.[9]

Before the National Archives took over its management, the Nixon Library had been accused by several media outlets of glossing over Nixon's 1974 resignation with "whitewashed" exhibits.[3] In 2007, the National Archives removed the 17 year old Watergate exhibit and, after three years, the new exhibit was scheduled to open in July 2010. The Nixon Foundation objected to the proposed exhibit, because the Nixon Foundation was not consulted in the way that other presidential foundations had been consulted with similar situations. The Foundation filed a 158-page memorandum to the Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries expressing their dissatisfaction[10][11] and NARA stated a committee would review the objection but gave no timeline for when that process would be concluded.[12] The exhibit opened on March 31, 2011.[13]

Richard Nixon Foundation
Richard M. Nixon, ca. 1935 - 1982 - NARA - 530679
FormationAugust 1, 1983
HeadquartersRichard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
  • Yorba Linda, California
James H. Cavanaugh
President and CEO
William H. Baribault
Revenue (2015)


  1. ^ a b "The Richard Nixon Foundation Form 990 2015". ProPublica. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Flaccus, Gillian (July 12, 2007). "Federal Archivists Take Control of Nixon Library". The Associated Press. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ a b Richard Nixon library offers candid new take on Watergate,, Associated Press, 31 March 2011, accessed November 2011
  4. ^ Argyros,, accessed November 2011
  5. ^ "Nixon Foundation finds new leader in William Baribault". The Orange County Register. June 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  6. ^ a b "Nixon Library and Birthplace Marks Anniversary: 1990-2010". Richard Nixon Foundation (Press release). PR Newswire. July 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  7. ^ Michael Mello (September 14, 2011). "Justice courts Nixon library crowd". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  8. ^ Jebb Harris (August 16, 2011). "Richard Nixon's brother plays the president". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  9. ^ "16 Tons Of World Trade Center Wreckage To Act As Centerpiece Of 9/11 Tribute At Nixon Library". CBS2/KCAL9 News. September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  10. ^ Walker, Ronald H. (August 2, 2010). "Memorandum for Sharon Fawcett, Assistant Archivist, Office of Presidential Libraries, National Archives and Records Administration" (PDF). National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  11. ^ "Watergate Becomes Sore Point at Nixon Library", by Adam Nagourney, The New York Times, August 6, 2010 (August 7, 2010 p. A1 NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  12. ^ Terrell, Jessica. Editorial weighs in on Nixon exhibit controversy, The Orange County Register, August 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Nixon Library Opens a Door Some Would Prefer Left Closed", by Adam Nagourney, "The New York Times", March 31, 2011 (April 1, 2011 p.A19 NY ed.). Retrieved 2011-04-01.

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Another Nice Mess

Another Nice Mess is a 1972 comedy film written and directed by Bob Einstein, a former writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The film starred Rich Little as Richard Nixon and Herb Voland as Spiro Agnew.

Birthplace of Richard Nixon

The Richard Nixon Birthplace is the birthplace and early childhood home of Richard Nixon (1913-1994), the 37th President of the United States. It is located on the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda, California, and now serves as a historic house museum. Built in 1912 on family ranchland, it was home to the Nixon family until 1922. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, and is also a California Historical Landmark.

Christopher Nixon Cox

Christopher Nixon Cox (born March 14, 1979) is an American lawyer based in New York. He is the son of Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward F. Cox and grandson of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States and Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States.

Donald Nixon

Francis Donald Nixon (November 23, 1914 – June 27, 1987) was a

younger brother of United States President Richard Nixon.

Edward Nixon

Edward Calvert Nixon (May 3, 1930 – February 27, 2019) was an American entrepreneur and the youngest brother of United States President Richard Nixon. He coauthored his memoir, The Nixons: A Family Portrait, with Karen L. Olson. The book was published in 2009.

Jennie Eisenhower

Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower (born August 15, 1978) is an American actress. She has performed in a number of theater productions and had minor roles in some feature films. She is the great-grandchild and grandchild of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, respectively.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Julie Nixon Eisenhower (born July 5, 1948) is an American author who is the younger daughter of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, and Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States, and is the wife of David Eisenhower, grandson of President Eisenhower.

Born in Washington, D.C. while her father was a Congressman, Julie and her elder sister, Patricia Nixon Cox, grew up in the public eye. Her father was elected U.S. Senator from California when she was two; Vice President of the United States when she was four. Her 1968 marriage to David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was seen as a union between two of the most prominent political families in the United States.

Throughout the Nixon administration (1969 to 1974), Julie worked as Assistant Managing Editor of The Saturday Evening Post while holding the unofficial title of "First Daughter." She was widely noted as one of her father's most vocal and active defenders throughout the Nixon administration. Eisenhower was named one of the "Ten Most Admired Women in America" for four years by readers of Good Housekeeping magazine in the 1970s. After her father resigned in disgrace from the White House in 1974, she wrote a biography of her mother, the New York Times best-seller Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. She continues to engage in works that support her parents' legacies.

She is the mother of two daughters, Jennie Eisenhower and Melanie Catherine Eisenhower, and a son, Alex Richard Eisenhower.

Lucy Winchester (secretary)

Lucy Alexander Winchester (born January 11, 1937) is a Kentucky socialite and farmer who served as the 14th White House Social Secretary during the entirety of the Presidency of Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon.

Millhouse (film)

Millhouse: A White Comedy is a 1971 documentary by Emile de Antonio following Richard Nixon's political career from his election to the House of Representatives in 1946 to his election as President of the United States in 1968. It begins with Nixon's "last press conference" in 1962 after his loss in the race for Governor of California in which he famously said, "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore." Then a collage of videos show Nixon's trajectory from his House campaign to his involvement in the Alger Hiss case, election the Senate in 1950, election as Vice President in 1952 including the full Checkers speech, campaign for the presidency in 1960, campaign for Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, and his triumphant election as President in 1968 as the "New Nixon". The film featured interviews but no voice-over.

The title is a pun on Nixon's middle name, Milhous.

Moscow Summit (1972)

The Moscow Summit of 1972 was a summit meeting between President Richard M. Nixon of the United States and General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It was held May 22–30, 1972. It featured the signing of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I), and the U.S.–Soviet Incidents at Sea agreement. The summit is considered one of the hallmarks of the détente at the time between the two Cold War antagonists.

Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act

The Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act (PRMPA) of 1974 (Pub.L. 93–526, 88 Stat. 1695, enacted December 19, 1974, codified at 44 U.S.C. § 2111, note) is an act of Congress enacted in the wake of the August 1974 resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. It placed Nixon's presidential records into federal custody to prevent their destruction. The legislative action was intended to reduce secrecy, while allowing historians to fulfill their responsibilities.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and burial site of Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife Pat Nixon.

Located in Yorba Linda, California on land that President Nixon's family once owned, the library is one of 13 administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The 9-acre (3.6 ha) campus is located at 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard in Yorba Linda and incorporates the Richard Nixon Birthplace, a National Historic Landmark where Nixon was born in 1913 and spent his childhood.

From its dedication on July 19, 1990 until July 11, 2007, the library and museum was operated by the private Richard Nixon Foundation and was known as the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace. The facility underwent an extensive renovation in 2016 and now features tech-savvy museum exhibits; the complex is jointly operated by NARA and the Richard Nixon Foundation.

Robert Odle

Robert C. Odle, Jr. is a former public official and an American lawyer, based in Washington, D.C..

Odle joined the Washington office of the New York-based law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP in 1985, and retired from Weil on February 23, 2015 after thirty years of service as a partner. Mr. Odle represented clients on a wide range of matters before the United States Congress, and agencies, departments, boards and commissions of the Government of the United States. In addition to his work on major policy issues including corporate governance, energy, the environment and housing, he served, and continues to serve (now pro bono), as counsel to charitable foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also continues to serve pro bono as the general counsel of the Richard Nixon Foundation at the presidential library in Yorba Linda, California.

Prior to joining Weil, Odle served as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate in 1981, his responsibilities included DOE's legislative, public, intergovernmental and consumer affairs programs, Office of Competition, and the environmental, health and safety compliance of DOE facilities including the nation's nuclear installations. He also served as the principal adviser to the United States Secretary of Energy in the formulation and review of national energy policy. Odle was also appointed by President Reagan to the Task Force for Legal Equality of Women in 1981.

Prior to his DOE appointment, Odle was Washington Representative for the International Paper Company. From 1973 to 1976, Odle served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

From 1969 to 1971 Mr. Odle was a Staff Assistant to President Richard Nixon, and from 1971 to 1973, Director of Administration of the Committee for the Re-Election the President. As the administrative director of the Committee, he was the first witness to testify at the Senate Select Committee's 1973 televised hearings regarding the Watergate matter (Watergate Committee), explaining the organizational structure of the Committee for the Re-Election the President. He praised "President Nixon and the million volunteers across the nation and 400 people at national headquarters who did nothing unethical or illegal." Odle testified about contact he had with James McCord, Jeb Stuart Magruder, and G. Gordon Liddy, and particularly H. R. Haldeman and Attorney General John N. Mitchell.

Mr. Odle is a member of the District of Columbia and Michigan Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reagan Alumni Association, the Federalist Society, the Republican National Lawyers Association, the President's Club of the Heritage Foundation, the President's Cabinet of the Richard Nixon Foundation, the University Club of Washington, the John Carroll Society, Saint Mary's Church in Alexandria, Virginia, the Review Board of the Diocese of Arlington, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

He studied law at Michigan State University (formerly the Detroit College of Law), where he graduated in the class of 1969, after receiving a Bachelor's Degree from Wayne State University.

He resides in Alexandria, Virginia and Oxford, Maryland, with his wife, Lydia, and their son, John Paul.

Ronald H. Walker

Ronald H. Walker (born July 25, 1937) is an American executive. Walker served in the administration of President Richard Nixon, first as the first Director of the White House Office of Presidential Advance, and later as Director of the National Park Service (1972–1975). Walker went on to become a senior partner at Korn/Ferry International, President of the Richard Nixon Foundation, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Nixon Foundation.Walker was born in Bryan, Texas. He earned a degree in political sciences from the University of Arizona, served as an officer in the United States Army in Okinawa, Japan, and later became an insurance and marketing executive. A soft-spoken and affable man, Walker had been President Nixon's special assistant responsible for both domestic and international travel. As such, Walker coordinated President Nixon's groundbreaking voyage to the People's Republic of China in February 1972.

Shafer Commission

The Shafer Commission, formally known as the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, was appointed by U.S. President Richard Nixon in the early 1970s. Its chairman was former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer. The commission issued a report on its findings in 1972 that called for the decriminalization of marijuana possession in the United States. The report was ignored by the White House, but is an important document against prohibition.

While the Controlled Substances Act was being drafted in a House committee in 1970, Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg had recommended that marijuana temporarily be placed in Schedule I, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending the Commission's report. On March 22, 1972, the Commission's chairman, Raymond P. Shafer, presented a report to Congress and the public entitled "Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding," which favored ending marijuana prohibition and adopting other methods to discourage use.

The Commission's report said that while public sentiment tended to view marijuana users as dangerous, they actually found users to be more timid, drowsy and passive. It concluded that cannabis did not cause widespread danger to society. It recommended using social measures other than criminalization to discourage use. It compared the situation of cannabis to that of alcohol.The Commission's proposed decriminalization of marijuana possession was opposed, in 1974, by the recommendations of a congressional subcommittee chaired by Senator James Eastland.The Nixon administration did not implement the recommendations from The National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. However, the report has frequently been cited by individuals supporting removal of cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Timeline of the Richard Nixon presidency

The presidency of Richard Nixon began on January 20, 1969 when Richard Nixon was inaugurated as President of the United States, and ended on August 9, 1974, when, in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office, he resigned the presidency (the first U.S. president ever to do so).

Timothy Naftali

Timothy Naftali is a Canadian-American historian who is clinical associate professor of public service at New York University. From 2007 to 2011, he directed the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. He was appointed when control of the Library was transferred from the Richard Nixon Foundation to the National Archives and Records Administration. His biggest task at the library was to present a more objective and unbiased picture of the Watergate scandal—a task completed in March 2011, when the Library's new Watergate gallery opened and received extensive news coverage. Naftali left the Nixon Library later that year. He is a regular CNN contributor as a CNN presidential historian.Previously Naftali's area of focus was the history of counterterrorism and the Cold War. Before taking the Nixon Library position, Naftali had been an associate professor at the University of Virginia, where he directed the Miller Center of Public Affairs' Presidential Recordings Program. In the 1990s, he taught at the University of Hawaii and Yale University. He has written four books, two of them co-authored with Alexander Fursenko on the Cuban Missile Crisis and Nikita Khrushchev.He served as a consultant to the 9/11 Commission, which commissioned him to write an unclassified history of American counterterrorism policy. This was later expanded into his well-received 2005 book Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism.Naftali was born in Montreal and at one point worked as an aide to Robert Bourassa. In 2007, he told the Toronto Star that he left Canada for the US in response to Quebec's language laws: "It seemed to me that the deck was stacked against civil liberties and I preferred to be in a country where I didn't have to worry about what language I spoke." He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, and later obtained graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Harvard.Naftali is currently writing a book about John F. Kennedy.

Naftali is openly gay.

Tricia Nixon Cox

Patricia Nixon Cox (born February 21, 1946) is the elder daughter of the 37th President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, and sister to Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

She is married to Edward F. Cox and is the mother of Christopher Nixon Cox.

In her father's public career, Cox performed a ceremonial role, in contrast to Julie's more political involvement. She accompanied him on many campaign stops and, after his inauguration, on state trips around the world.

Welfare reform

Welfare reforms are changes in the operation of a given welfare system, with the goals of reducing the number of individuals dependent on government assistance, keeping the welfare systems affordable, and assisting recipients become self-sufficient. Classical liberals, libertarians, and conservatives generally argue that welfare and other tax-funded services reduce incentives to work, exacerbate the free-rider problem, and intensify poverty. Socialists, on the other hand, generally criticize welfare reform because it usually minimizes the public safety net, and strengthens the capitalist economic system. Welfare reform is constantly debated because of the varying opinions on the government's determined balance of providing guaranteed welfare benefits, and promoting self-sufficiency.

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