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Complete Nixon Tapes Recorded between June and November 1972 Can Be Heard Online for the First Time

240 Hours Originally Released By The National Archives in 2003

For the first time, the complete set of conversations taped between July 1972 and November 1972--over three thousand individual audio files--are freely available to the public. Representing the fourth chronological release of Nixon tapes ("Chron 4"), the recorded conversations took place across the Executive offices, including the Oval Office, the Executive Office Building, and various White House telephones. 

These audio files were originally released by the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) Archives II at College Park, Maryland, in 2003, but were made available to onsite researchers only on compact discs (CDs). At the time of the creation of this page this complete collection is not available anywhere else outside of the reading room at NARA's Archives II.

Below is a complete list of all "Chron 4" tapes, including 1) the conversation number, 2) the date of the conversation, 3) the time of the conversation, 4) the participants in the conversation, 5) and the original audio file available for download, free of charge, as a service to researchers and the public. While it will be years more before scholars and researchers transcribe these recordings, this release marks the first time that the complete collection has been made readily accessible to the public.

Note: unlike previous chronological releases, which were blocks of audio that each contained many conversations, these conversations are already individually clipped. This is the same format in which they were originally released by the National Archives. When broken out into individual conversations, this release is too large to appear all on page. Therefore, it has been broken up according to taping location, as indicated below.

For a key to participants' names, click here (176k).

Also of interest may be the President's Daily Diary, for:
July 1-31, 1972 (6.1m)
August 1-31, 1972 (5.7m)
September 1-21, 1972 (4.8m)
September 22-30, 1972 (4.5m)
October 1-15, 1972 (4.4m)
October 16-31, 1972 (5.3m)
November 1-30, 1972 (5.3m)
To continue, please select a Chron 4 subseries from one of the following taping locations:
White House Telephone Conversations (WHT): July 18, 1972 - November 3, 1972
Camp David Study Table (CDST): August 11, 1972 - October 30, 1972
Camp David Study Desk (CDSD): August 15, 1972 - October 30, 1972
Camp David Hard Wire (CDHW): July 21, 1972 - October 30, 1972
Executive Office Building (EOB): July 19, 1972 - November 2, 1972
Oval Office (OVAL): July 1, 1972 - November 1, 1972



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