PaperlessArchives.com has published a document packet containing selected David Gergen White House files related to Watergate and the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Online PR News – 01-August-2011 – – BACM Research/PaperlessArchives.com has announced the publishing of newly released White House files concerning Watergate.
On July 21, 2011 the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration released the 200,000 page collection of David Gergen files. Gergen was the chief of the White House speechwriting staff from 1973 to 1974.
BACM Research - PaperlessArchives.com has published a document packet containing selected David Gergen White House files related to Watergate and the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The compilation can be downloaded for free at
This set contains correspondences to and/or from David Gergen, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Alexander Haig, Pat Buchanan, Ron Ziegler, Ben Stein, Len Garment, Stephen Bull, and Ray Price.
The files date from July 1971 to August 9, 1974. Most of the documents were created after the press had introduced to the public awareness that President Nixon engaged in a cover-up of the actions associated with the Watergate scandal.
The files document President Nixon being given an early warning about the bomb shell the Washington Post was about to deliver. David Gergen writes in one memo, "Last night, after receiving an urgent call from reporter Bob Woodward that the Post was agonizing over a story that would implicate RN in a 'cover-up,' Len Garment and I meet with him privately in my office for some 90 minutes." In another memo written on May 5, 1973, Gergen summarizes the story Woodward and Bernstein had pieced together. Gergen notes hopefully, "I was flatly told that it might never run because it is not well sourced at this point."
The documents that follow show the White House's attempt to navigate the waters that would eventually lead to impeachment. Gergen writes a plan to organize the White House communication apparatus to confront the flak from the Watergate investigation and to present President Nixon's case. Memos show that Gergen began writing President Nixon?s resignation speech in early August 1974.
This set of documents ends with the three different resignation letter drafts President Nixon had to select from to end his presidency.
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About David Gergen
David Gergen worked as a presidential advisor for Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
In 1971, Gergen was hired to join the Nixon Administration as a staff assistant on Nixon's speech writing team. There he worked with Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein, and William Safire. In 1973, Gergen was named the director of the White House speech writing staff. Gergen became more visible to the public in 1985, when he began appearing on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He later worked as the Director of the Center for Public Leadership, a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, editor-at-large for U.S. News and World Report and as a senior political analyst for CNN.