CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 1977
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(Studio) Ownership of president papers at issue due to Watergate.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Gerald Ford papers in storage at Univ. Michigan. Filmed. Supreme Court to decide who owns president papers: president or people. Richard Nixon tapes recalled. Brownell Commission on Records and Documents noted. [Commission mbr. Harvard archivist Frank FRIEDEL - believes prevailing thought is president papers should be public property.] Propriety of closure of papers for time considered. [Williams archivist James MacGregor BURNS - believes people should consider how history will view their actions.] Library of Congress holdings noted; library bought George Washington's and James Madison papers. Warren G. Harding papers sealed till 2014. Some were burned by Mrs. Harding. FDR library noted, filmed. Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson libraries filmed. Govt. warehouse in Maryland houses Richard Nixon papers, under court-ordered lock. San Clemente, California, motel tourist display filmed. Nixon's threat of destruction credited with possibly preventing future destruction.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
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