George Andrew Falk papers: 1938-2012 (bulk 1941-1945)
full text File Size: 10 K bytes | how to request materials

Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
National Archives [series]

The series, National Archives materials (5 linear feet; 1976-1985) are divided into twelve subseries: Correspondence, Briefing/Orientation Materials, Personal Files on Current Issues, Long Range Planning Goals, Statements/Hearings, NARS Independence, Preservation, Presidential Libraries, FBI Records, Task Forces, Topical Files, and Miscellaneous files.

 
Pre-Appointment Correspondence [subseries]

The first subseries is correspondence concerning Warner's appointment as Archivist of the United States, covering from July 1979 to July 1980. The National Archives (Pre-Warner Administration) records include letters exchanged during the late 1970s between Warner and Virginia Purdy of the National Archives Assembly. Included are correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting the resignation of Warner's predecessor as Archivist of the United States, James B. (Bert) Rhoads.

Box   10  
Correspondence re: appointment at NARS July 1979-July 1980 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Emergency Committee to Preserve the National Archives January 1979-February 1980
Box   10  
National Archives (Pre-Warner administration) [subseries]
 
Federal Records Work [subseries]

The Federal Records Work series contains materials that document Warner's work on the appraisal and preservation of federal records including materials pertaining to a 1976 Congressional panel discussion, a Senatorial papers conference in 1978, a subsequent proposal regarding the accessioning of these papers, and correspondence relating to the Emergency Committee to Preserve the National Archives (1979 to February 1980).

Box   10  
Congressional Panel Discussion 1976 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Senatorial Papers Conference September 1978
Box   10  
Senatorial Papers Proposal 1979-1980
 
Correspondence [subseries]

The Correspondence subseries includes letters exchanged between Warner and University of Michigan faculty members during most of his administration, 1980 to 1984. Also significant is a folder of correspondence with Keijo Virtanen, historian at the University of Turku's (Finland) Institute of History of Civilization, which spans from 1980 to 1985. Eleven folders contain correspondence relating to NARS and cover the majority of the period from January 1980 to April 1985. Of special note are materials pertaining to the replacement of Warner as Archivist during the independence struggle. More correspondence items are located in the general Correspondence series.

Box   10  
University of Michigan 1980-1984
Box   10  
Keijo Virtanen August 1980-March 1985
Box   10  
NARS (personal) January 1980-April 1985 (11 folders)
Box   11  
Correspondence re: Replacement of Archivist of U.S. February 1983-July 1983
 
Briefing/Orientation Materials [subseries]

Briefing and orientation materials, prepared especially for Warner as a means of introduction to the National Archives, are divided topically. These materials include a summary of NARS, as well as briefings on the presidential libraries, the National Historic Publications and Records Committee (NHPRC), and the Assistant to the Deputy Archivist, and the Office of the Executive Director.

Box   11  
Summary of NARS
Box   11  
Presidential Libraries (3 folders)
Box   11  
General Counsel
Box   11  
Functions of Assistant to Deputy Archivist
Box   11  
NHPRC (National Historic Publications and Records Commission)
Box   11  
Office of Educational Programs
Box   11  
Office of Federal Register
Box   11  
Office of the Executive Director
 
Personal Files on Current Issues [subseries]

Warner's personal files on current issues consist of three folders. The original titles of the first two folders, "Significant Documents" and "Personal Notes on Sensitive Matters," were retained. Records in the former cover July 1980 to May 1981. The latter, containing records that date from 1980 to 1983, includes materials about NARS independence, the Technology Assessment Division, the presidential libraries, personnel issues, general issues and a draft of a statement on records management. Of special note is a draft of a resignation letter written in October 1983 by Warner when he was considering giving up his post. A third folder contains plans and notes on current issues dating from July 1980 to April 1983.

Box   11  
"Significant Documents," July 1980-May 1981
Box   11  
"Personal Notes on Sensitive Matters" 1980-1983
Box   11  
Plans and Notes July 1982-April 1983
 
Long Range Planning Goals [subseries]

Materials documenting NARS's long-range planning goals comprise two folders. The first folder, arranged chronologically, covers Warner's administration from 1980 to 1985. Records in the second folder date from 1983 and are a more detailed, section-by-section plan.

Box   11  
1980-1985
Box   11  
Section-by-section 1983
 
Statements/Hearings [subseries]

The Statements/Hearings subseries contains the statements that Warner presented before a number of committees as well as documents related to those hearings. Among these topically arranged materials are statements pertaining to NARS programs made before the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations in March 1982 and the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government in March 1983. Another folder contains a statement regarding NARS independence, dated October 1981, but it is not clear where the statement was presented.

Box   11  
Subpoena, Senate Foreign Relations Committee 1981
Box   11  
Oversight Hearings, re: Preservation March 1982
Box   11  
Senatorial Records May 1982
Box   11  
Subcommittee of House committee on Appropriations, re: NARS Programs March 1982
Box   11  
Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, re: NARS Programs March 1983
Box   11  
Government Information, Justice and Agriculture Subcommittee of Committee on Government Operations April 1983
Box   11  
Statement re: NARS Independence October 1981
Box   11  
Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government January 1982-March 1982
Box   11  
Subcommittee on Civil Service, Post Office and General Services of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs October 1981
Box   11  
Congressional Budget Hearings for 1986
 
NARS Independence [subseries]

The largest section of the collection traces the development of the independence movement at NARS. The materials, arranged topically and chronologically, include articles and position statements from 1981, statements and supporting documents for Warner's testimony on S. 905 (the National Archives and Records Administration Act of 1983) and the hearings on that bill. Miscellaneous materials related to the independence movement are divided into folders and arranged chronologically. One of these folders contains a key report produced as the result of a task force investigation on the status of the Smithsonian Institution, comparing it to the National Archives.

Box   11  
Articles and Position Statements 1981
Box   11  
NARS Autonomy Plan 1981
Box   11  
H.R. 6894 Draft 1982
Box   11  
Statements and Supporting Documents for Testimony on S. 905 1983
Box   11  
Hearings on S. 905 July 1983
Box   11  
"Operation Exit" [Notes and Lobbying Efforts] 1983-1984
Box   11  
NARA Act of Presentation Copy 1984
Box   12  
Reference File (2 folders)
Box   12  
Reorganizational Plans
Box   12  
Misc. 1981-1983
Box   12  
Misc. 1983 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Misc. & 1983, 1984 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Misc. 1984 (2 folders)
 
Congressional Publications
Box   12  
S. 1421--National Archives and Records Act of 1981
Box   12  
Hearings before Subcommittee of Committee on Government Operations (H.R.) March 1982
Box   12  
Congressional Reports on H.R. 3987 & S. 905
 
Preservation [subseries]

The National Archives' efforts to improve its preservation program are documented in the subseries Preservation. Miscellaneous materials from 1982, 1983 and 1985 pertaining to this topic comprise one folder. Another folder contains materials relating to the Committee on Preservation. The work of this committee culminated in 1984 in a twenty-year preservation plan, constituting a third folder.

Box   12  
Miscellaneous 1982-1983, 1985
Box   12  
Committee on Preservation
Box   12  
Twenty-year Preservation Plan 1984
 
Presidential Libraries [subseries]

The Presidential Libraries subseries contains materials relating to the Richard Nixon papers and library, and the Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan presidential libraries. Within each file, records are arranged chronologically. During Warner's years as Archivist, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library was established, while plans were underway for the Carter Library and discussions were just beginning on the Reagan library.

Three folders contain Nixon materials, including those pertaining to the Nixon Presidential Materials Project. This project related to the then-recently passed Presidential Records Act, which stipulated that the papers of any President of the United States were federal property. The materials in these folders document the National Archives' efforts to gain custody of the Nixon papers. Included also are statements regarding presidential libraries which Warner made before two federal committees. A miscellaneous folder holds related materials covering the years 1983 and 1984, as well as a few undated items.

Box   12  
Nixon Papers 1980
Box   12  
Nixon Papers January 1981
Box   12  
Nixon Papers 1983, undated
Box   12  
Ford Presidential Library
Box   12  
Carter Presidential Library
Box   12  
Reagan Presidential Library
Box   12  
Statement before Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice and Agriculture of the Committee on Government Operations 1985
Box   12  
Testimony on S. 1325 re: Presidential Libraries
Box   12  
Miscellaneous 1983-1984
 
FBI Records [subseries]

The FBI Records subseries contains materials documenting NARS action in 1980 and 1981 regarding the appraisal and retention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's records. A two-volume report to the district court judge for the District of Columbia on the appraisal of these papers is included.

Box   13  
NARS Action 1980-1981
Box   13  
Appraisal of the Records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: A Report to Hon. Harold H. Greene, United District Court for the District of Columbia November 9, 1981 (2 volumes)
 
Task Forces [subseries]

Task Forces materials are arranged topically and include reports and correspondence. The Prologue Task Force contains materials relating to the evaluation of Prologue, the journal published by the National Archives. Especially significant are two folders of materials documenting the activities of the Smithsonian Institution Task Force.

Box   13  
Adequacy of Documentation Task Force 1982
Box   13  
Appraisal and Disposition Task Force
Box   13  
National Information Systems Task Force
Box   13  
Prologue Task Force
Box   13  
Records Declassification Task Force 1983
Box   13  
Smithsonian Institution Task Force (2 folders)
 
Topical Files A-Z [subseries]

The Topical Files subseries contains materials arranged alphabetically by topic. Included are files concerning the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) report to the committees of Congress on the declassification of records and to the Archives' program on exhibits. The Archival Fairytales folder contains an unidentified creator's lighthearted look at archives legislation dating from 1981 and 1982. An interviewing file includes a GSA checklist of questions to ask personnel. Three folders contain papers related to appointments of personnel, including the Deputy Archivist of the United States. The professional development efforts file relates to discussion surrounding the need for the development of policies regarding GSA and NARA employees' outside publishing interests. Materials pertaining to the proposed renovation of the National Archives building comprise an additional folder.

Box   13  
50th Anniversary Plans
Box   13  
Annual Report 1982
Box   13  
Budget Info 1980-1985
Box   13  
Central Intelligence Agency
Box   13  
Electronic and Machine Readable Records
Box   13  
Exhibits
Box   13  
Fairytales
Box   13  
Independence (letters of support, copies of congressional bills, notes)
Box   13  
Information Institute 1985
Box   13  
Information Technology
Box   13  
Introduction to NARS 1985
Box   13  
Kahlil Gibran Centennial
Box   13  
Legal Issues
Box   13  
Management (including GSA's Management Monthly mailing)
Box   13  
Management Plan for 1984-1989
Box   13  
Misc. Business Records
Box   13  
Modern Archives Institute
Box   13  
National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Box   13  
NARS Planning Council
Box   13  
NARS New Building Planning
Box   13  
Oral History
Box   13  
Personnel Appointments (3 folders)
Box   13  
Professional Development
Box   13  
Program Briefings/Current Issues 1981 March
Box   14  
Program Briefings/Current Issues 1984 October
Box   14  
Program Review 1980
Box   14  
Records and Information Management
Box   14  
Renovations
Box   14  
Technology Assessment
Box   14  
Trust Fund
Box   14  
Acceptance Address Outline 1980
Box   14  
Performance Appraisal Materials
Box   14  
Resignation and Departure of Robert M. Warner October 1984-April 1985
Box   14  
Farewell Letters from Washington Colleagues
Box   14  
Farewell Letters from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Box   14  
Newsletters July / August 1980, December 1984, April 1985
Box   14  
Papers on Electronic and Machine-Readable Records
 
Post-National Archives [subseries]

The Post-National Archives materials are divided into two topical files, arranged chronologically. The first, dating from June 1985 to November 1987, consists of correspondence and article clippings on the process of appointing Warner's successor as Archivist of the United States. This material is significant for the insight it gives into the issue of the politicization of the position of Archivist of the U.S. Much of the material relates to the campaign to prevent John Agresto, the candidate first selected by President Reagan, from being appointed. The second topical file contains papers relating to the appointment of Don Wilson as seventh Archivist of the United States. Particularly noteworthy are Warner's remarks, which he delivered at the swearing-in of Wilson.

Box   14  
Appointment of Archivist of U.S. June 1985-November 1987
Box   14  
Don Wilson, 7th Archivist of U.S. December 1987-February 1989
Box   14  
National Archives and Records Administration Congressional 1986
Box   14  
Budget Hearings Binder