SSA's Web site taps in to Nixon tapes

SSA's Web site taps in to Nixon tapes

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff


MAY 1'Anyone interested in what President Nixon had to say about Social Security can hear it from the horse's mouth, via links on the Social Security Administration's Web page.

SSA is taking advantage of the release last month by the National Archives and Records Administration of 1,284 hours of the Nixon White House tapes that have so far been cleared for public perusal.

The availability of the tapes is outlined at www.ssa.gov/history/Nixon/nixontapesfa.html.
That page also includes a link to www.ssa.gov/history/Nixon/nixontapes.html, where users will find some excerpted conversations and a link to NARA's Finding Aids that help users search the tapes database.

Recordings are in two formats, RealAudio from RealNetworks Inc. of Seattle and Microsoft Windows Media Player. The page includes links that let users download the players for free.

The Nixon tapes include about 2,800 hours of recorded conversations in the Oval Office and other locations in the White House. NARA last month opened to the public the tapes that had been reviewed and released by its Nixon Presidential Materials Staff after attorneys for Nixon's estate granted approval. It was an unexpected bonus for researchers, historians and the public, since a prior consent agreement had dictated that most of the tapes would not be available for copying until 2003.

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