Nixon Library likely to get big influx of material

An Anonymous Patron sent in this story about a huge transfer of materials from the National Archives to the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace.

With the stroke of President Bush's pen, possibly as early as this month, archivists will begin the long and arduous task of preparing every last bit of Nixon materials - a cache that could fill 13 swimming pools - for shipment to the private Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif.

But the impending move, set in motion by Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Gary Miller, R-Calif., is as controversial as it is historic.

Nixon's voluminous materials have remained in the Washington area for the past 30 years for a reason: because Congress decided in the wake of Watergate that neither the disgraced former president nor his family could be trusted with them.

Now the archivists in charge of overseeing the move are proceeding with caution. Nixon historians, however, are downright worried that the new guardians - Nixon's family and former aides - will choke off access to the collection and frustrate future releases.

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