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In February 1971, President Nixon began secretly taping conversations and telephone calls in several locations, including the Oval Office, his office in the Old Executive Office Building, the Cabinet Room, and Camp David.

There are 2,371 hours of tapes containing conversations from February 1971 through July 1973 open to the public.

These excerpts are drawn from the following:

The excerpts are arranged chronologically. There are not full transcripts available for these conversations.

  • Conversation Number:   1-21 | Listen
    Date:   April 7, 1971
    Abstract:   Telephone conversation between the President and Henry Kissinger, the President asks if Kissinger has heard any reaction to his just delivered Vietnam speech and complaints about the military.

  • Conversation Number:   475-23 | Listen
    Date:   April 8, 1971
    Abstract:   The President and US Ambassador to Iran Douglas MacArthur II talking frankly about problems in the Middle East and US policy towards Israel.

  • Conversation Number:   2-2 | Listen
    Date:   April 19, 1971
    Abstract:   The President orders Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst to drop a Department of Justice appeal of a corporate merger involving the ITT corporation.

  • Conversation Number:   534-2(3) | Listen
    Date:   July 1, 1971
    Abstract:   The President instructs his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman to have someone break into the Brookings Institution and "clean out" the secret documents in their safes. Kissinger is present during this conversation.

  • Conversation Number:   541-2 | Listen
    Date:   July 21, 1971
    Abstract:   The President, H.R. Haldeman, and John Connolly discuss replacing Spiro Agnew as Vice President. Nixon offers the position to Connolly who turns him down.

  • Conversation Number:   542-6 | Listen
    Date:   July 22, 1971
    Abstract:   Oval Office conversation between the President and White House Counsellor Donald Rumsfeld discussing Vice President Agnew's problems in dealing with the press.

  • Conversation Number:   587-7 | Listen
    Date:   October 8, 1971
    Abstract:   Oval Office conversation in which the President and his chief domestic policy advisor John Ehrlichman are preparing for a meeting with CIA Director Richard Helms. Ehrlichman wants access to CIA documents about the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Ngo Dinh Diem coup in South Vietnam in 1963, and other previous administrations intelligence operations. Ehrlichman informs the President how he plans to use this information once received. Some of this information was later used in composing a forged cable showing President Kennedy's involvement in the assassination of Diem.

  • Conversation Number:   590-2 | Listen
    Date:   October 13, 1971
    Abstract:   Oval Office conversation between the President and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman discussing the press contingent for the President's forthcoming visit to the People's Republic of China.

  • Conversation Number:   11-105 | Listen
    Date:   October 17, 1971
    Abstract:   A telephone conversation between the President and Secretary of State William Rogers regarding US strategy on the upcoming United Nations General Assembly vote on whether to expel Taiwan from the UN.

  • Conversation Number:   11-143 | Listen
    Date:   October 19, 1971
    Abstract:   The President and Attorney General John Mitchell discuss appointing William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court.

  • Conversation Number:   13-8 | Listen
    Date:   October 26, 1971
    Abstract:   A telephone conversation between the President and California Governor Ronald Reagan after the UN votes to expel Taiwan from the UN General Assembly.

  • Conversation Number:   294-6 | Listen
    Date:   November 18, 1971
    Abstract:   Old Executive Office Building office conversation in which the President and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman discuss the annual "photo op" for Thanksgiving.

  • Conversation Number:   624-21 | Listen
    Date:   November 24, 1971
    Abstract:   The President, Henry Kissinger and Secretary of State William Rogers change the US government policy of neutrality in the India-Pakistan War and secretly "tilt" toward Pakistan.

  • Conversation Number:   17-21 | Listen
    Date:   December 31, 1971
    Abstract:   Telephone call to UN Ambassador George Bush on New Years Eve. Nixon is still in the Oval Office working. He calls to thank Bush for his work during the Taiwan debate and efforts to stave off an India-Pakistan conflict.

  • Conversation Number:   22-6 | Listen
    Date:   March 23, 1972
    Abstract:   Telephone conversation between the President and Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler in which the President complains about former US ambassador to Chile Edward Korry's testimony in Congress regarding the 1970 Chilean election.

  • Conversation Number:   701-9 | Listen
    Date:   April 4, 1972
    Abstract:   Oval Office conversation between the President and H.R. Haldeman discussing the press and public relations.

  • Conversation Number:   191-18 (segment 1) | Listen
    Date:   May 18, 1972
    Abstract:   Conversation from the Presidential retreat at Camp David. The President and Henry Kissinger are discussing Kissinger's previous meeting with Ivy League college presidents who met with him in the aftermath of the President's decision to mine Haiphong harbor and escalate bombing in North Vietnam on May 8, 1972.

  • Conversation Number:   191-18 (segment 2) | Listen
    Date:   May 18, 1972
    Abstract:   A second excerpt from the May 18, 1972 Camp David conversation between the President and Henry Kissinger.

  • Conversation Number:   726-1 | Listen
    Date: May 19, 1972  
    Abstract:   Oval Office meeting between President Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew, Henry Kissinger, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer. Nixon is insistent that the Air Force conduct bombing sorties in accordance with his instructions and orders.

For additional Nixon White House Tapes available online, see Nixon White House Tapes - Online.

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