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YORBA LINDA CA– Family photos, gifts to President Richard Nixon and some 40 million pages of documents from his administration were made available for the first time Thursday at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda.
The artifacts were shipped earlier this year from the National Archives facilities in Maryland. Nixon Library Director Timothy Naftali said about 50 percent of the collection is still being processed.
Pam Eisenberg, AV technician at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, has been busy cataloging films and gifts recently consolidated into the collection. One of her favorites film clips is President Nixon meeting a tennis team, which was edited into the movie "Forrest Gump".
"This is the first time that people in California will have access to the documents," Naftali said. "It means that high school and college students and scholars can have hands-on experience working with primary source materials from the Nixon era."
Thursday's opening of the library's research room drew local journalists. On Friday, the library was set to release nearly 100,000 documents, many from the files of former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who worked in the Nixon Administration, and video oral histories. It is the first local release of materials.