Centers Presidential Recordings Project Receives $200,000
1, 2000 -- The University of Virginias Miller
Center of Public Affairs has been awarded $200,000 in grants from
the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and
the W. Alton Jones Foundation to support the Miller Centers
Presidential Recordings Project in 2001.
Miller Center is transcribing, editing and publishing all of the
hitherto secret White House tapes made during the Roosevelt, Truman,
Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. W.W. Norton
and Company will publish the first three volumes of the Kennedy
tapes in early 2001, along with companion CD-ROMS that recreate
the day-to-day events in the Kennedy White House.
2001, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
will provide the project up to $130,000, with grants of comparable
size expected in fiscal years 2002 and 2003. The funding will support
the Miller Centers efforts to make the tapes accessible to
the American public.
NHPRC, a statutory body established by Congress in 1934, is part
of the National Archives. The 15-member commission is chaired by
the Archivist of the United States, John W. Carlin, and includes
Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, Sen. James Jeffords (R-Vt.)
and Rep. Roy Blount (R-Mo.), as well as archivists, historians,
documentary editors and records administrators.
Miller Centers proposal received positive comments from a
five-member NHPRC peer review. Stated Roger Bruns, deputy executive
director of the NHPRC, "We are very pleased to lend the NHPRCs
support to this effort. The transcripts produced by this project
will make a unique new source of primary resource material accessible
to historians and students in a way that is simply not possible
with the tapes alone."
Charlottesville-based W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation
focusing on global environmental protection and the prevention of
nuclear war or other massive release of radioactive material, has
awarded a grant of $70,000 to the Miller Center during 2001 to support
Miller Center research on nuclear arms control issues, including
the Presidential Recordings Project's efforts to bring to light
the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty/Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
materials in the Nixon recordings.
Perkovich, director of the foundations Secure World Program,
looks on the project as an important contribution to both scholarship
and history, "SALT and ABM came out of Nixons policy
of détente with the Soviet Union and actually helped give
it momentum. Beyond its historical importance, the treaty is highly
relevant to todays national debate over whether the U.S. should
break the ABM treaty and deploy a ballistic missile defense,"
he said. "Nixon and Kissinger concluded that without limitations
on defensive missile systems, the temptation for arms racing and
instability would be too great. This was as controversial then as
it is today. What will the tapes tell us about Nixons and
Kissingers thinking? How did they reconcile conflicting political
and international interests? We look forward to seeing the results
of the Miller Centers unprecedented effort."
Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia links
the local and university community to the wider world of national
and international affairs. The center is among the countrys
premier sites for studying and understanding the American presidency
and the executive branch of government.
Margaret Edwards, (804) 924-7236