Subject Categories

 

The below 60 subject categories are part of the White House Central Files (WHCF) collection, Subject Files, 11/22/1963-1/20/1969 series.

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Agriculture (AG)
Arts (AR)
Atomic Energy (AT)
Business - Economics (BE)
Civil Aviation (CA)
Commodities (CM)
Countries (CO)
Disasters (DI)
Education (ED)
Federal Aid (FA)
Federal Government (FE)
Federal Government Organizations (FG)
Finance (FI)
Foreign Affairs (FO)
Gifts (GI)
Health (HE)
Highways - Bridges (HI)
Holidays (HO)
Housing (HS)
Human Rights (HU)
Immigration and Naturalization (IM)
Indian Affairs (IN)
Insurance (IS)
International Organizations (IT)
Invitations (IV)
Judicial - Legal Matters (JL)
Labor - Management Relations (LA)
Legislation (LE)
Local Government (LG)
Medals and Awards (MA)
Meetings and Conferences (MC)
Messages (ME)
National Security and Defense (ND)
Natural Resources (NR)
Outer Space (OS)
Parks and Monuments (PA)
Peace (PC)
Personnel Management Within the Federal Government (PE)
Political Affairs (PL)
Postal Service (PO)
President (PP)
Procurement - Disposal (PQ)
Public Relations (PR)
Publications (PU)
Real Property (RA)
Recreation and Sports (RE)
Religious Matters (RM)
Reports and Statistics (RS)
Safety and Accident Prevention (SA)
Science (SC)
Social Affairs (SO)
Speeches (SP)
States - Territories (ST)
Trade (TA)
Transportation (TN)
Trips (TR)
Utilities (UT)
Veterans Affairs (VA)
Welfare (WE)
White House Administration (WH)


Agriculture (AG)

- 4 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the acquisition and dissemination of information on agricultural programs; research in crop and livestock production; farm management; farm organizations and leaders; pest control; marketing; rural development programs; soil conservation and reclamation projects; home economics; horticulture; nutrition, including school lunch programs; surplus products; the Food Stamp program; producer and consumer protection programs; price support programs; agricultural legislation; food aid to foreign countries, including the Food for Peace program; and foreign agricultural assistance and development.

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Arts (AR)

- 5 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the fine arts and languages, including the creation and operation of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities; Federal cultural policies and programs; the White House Festival of the Arts in 1965; foreign language teaching and the Esperanto language; sculpture, including likenesses of President Johnson, gifts of sculpture and pieces in the president's office; museums, including material pertaining to the establishment of, exhibitions held at, and correspondence with officials of specific museums around the country, including the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, the American Museum of Immigration, the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Naval Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Witte Memorial Museum; poetry, prose and writing; the theater, including the establishment of the American Film Institute; the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City; and use of the White House theater.

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Atomic Energy (AT)

- 1 linear foot
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- 0% digitized
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This category consists of material relating to the research, development, use, and control of atomic and nuclear energy for non-defense purposes. The category contains materials related the commemoration ceremony of the 20th anniversary of the Atomic Energy Act of 1946; the sale of plutonium to the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom); correspondence concerning potential dangers of atomic energy; correspondence concerning the locations of nuclear development and desalting projects; 1968 petitions protesting national civilian atomic energy policy; material on the proposed Midwest accelerator administered by the Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA); and correspondence relating to Project Plowshare.

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Business - Economics (BE)

- 16 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to domestic commerce, including rural, electrical, and agricultural cooperatives; deceptive trade practices; consumer protection laws and regulations; industry, including the aluminum, automobile, copper, oil, railroad, and steel sectors; labor negotiations and strikes; anti-trust matters, including proposed mergers and anti-trust laws and their enforcement; and meetings between President Johnson and business leaders and economists.

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Civil Aviation (CA)

- 8 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material concerning general and commercial aviation, including the Supersonic Transport Program (SST); reports on the status of the aviation industry including employment and balance of payments problems; and, material concerning the International Congress on Air Technology.

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Commodities (CM)

- 5 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the production, consumption, and domestic and international trade of specific commodities, equipment, and supplies.

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Countries (CO)

- 33 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to countries, continents, or geographic areas, and foreign governments, their officials, and ambassadors. This subject category was used primarily for visits of heads of state and chiefs of government and for cross-referencing to other White House Central Files Subject Files category.

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Disasters (DI)

- 6 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material concerning disasters that occurred in the United States and foreign countries, including accidents, droughts, earthquakes, fires, floods, and storms.

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Education (ED)

- 9 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to public and private schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions; public libraries; educational facilities and their design; scholarships, fellowships, and grants; teacher needs, training, and salaries; and teaching methods.

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Federal Aid (FA)

- 8 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material regarding the use of federal funds to finance public works projects, research and development, and assistance to the arts and education. The category also contains material concerning legislation and federal regulations, specifically legislation on housing, health, and education issues, and compliance with civil rights laws by recipients of federal funds.

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Federal Government (FE)

- 12 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the establishment, organization, and reorganization of the federal government as a whole; to the Constitution; the Declaration of Independence; Executive Orders and Proclamations; protocol for funerals, including those of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; presidential powers including presidential succession and term of office; flags; and national emblems such as the national anthem and the national motto.

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Federal Government Organizations (FG)

- 164 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material concerning the federal government branches, specifically the executive branch, including cabinet departments, independent agencies, boards, commissions, committees, councils, and task forces; the legislative branch, including the Congress of the United States and committees of both of its houses, the General Accounting Office, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police, and the Capitol Page School; and the judicial branch, including the Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts, the Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Court of Claims, the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, and the courts of the District of Columbia.

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Finance (FI)

- 24 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category pertains to the financial management of the federal government, specifically those issues related to the federal budget and government appropriations; the public debt; and taxation, including information concerning tax cuts, increases, policies, and legislation.

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Foreign Affairs (FO)

- 27 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the administration of foreign affairs, diplomatic and consular relations, economic development, mutual security, and foreign scientific, cultural, and educational exchange activities.

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Gifts (GI)

- 60 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to official and personal gifts to and from President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Health (HE)

- 10 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to health issues, including immunization and the eradication of disease; malnutrition in the U.S. and abroad; physical fitness; aging and chronic disease; occupational health and safety; cigarette labeling and advertising; mental health and retardation; health manpower issues and training; research; medicines, drugs and narcotics; health care facilities; air and water pollution; and waste treatment and disposal.

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Highways and Bridges (HI)

- 2 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category concerns federal government involvement in the planning and construction of highways, bridges, parkways, tunnels, overpasses, and underpasses.

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Holidays (HO)

- 16 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to holidays and observances, including material on proposed holidays.

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Housing (HS)

- 3 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category pertains to housing policy in the United States and includes material on housing starts, housing for low income groups, and urban renewal. It includes materials about Veterans Administration housing loans and loans for college housing. There are also materials concerning housing discrimination and fraudulent practices.

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Human Rights (HU)

- 27 linear feet
- Available for research
- < 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to human and civil rights, the promotion and denial of such rights, discrimination, or discriminatory practices. It also includes matters relating to segregation, ideologies, and voting rights, including all complaints about such matters.

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Immigration and Naturalization (IM)

- 3 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the administration of immigration and naturalization laws and regulations. It includes materials on migration to and from the United States and on visa requests for those traveling to the United States.

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Indian Affairs (IN)

- 1 linear foot
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials concerning American Indians and their welfare, lands, and resources. It includes materials on initiatives, legislation, unemployment, education, poverty, protection of trust land, state jurisdiction over American Indians, enforcement of treaty rights, and completion of Indian claims cases.

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Insurance (IS)

- 2 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials related to insurance, including health, life, accident, unemployment, and disaster insurance. A large portion of the materials concern the Medicare health insurance program for the aged and the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

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International Organizations (IT)

- 7 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials concerning the operations and funding of international organizations, recommendations and appointments to serve as U.S. delegates to international conferences and organizations, and reports from delegates on the activities of the organizations. The category also includes materials on the ratification of treaties, protocols and amendments related to individual international organizations.

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Invitations (IV)

- 47 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to invitations from individuals or organizations to President Lyndon B. Johnson to speak, attend dinners and banquets, or to make trips to specific cities, states, or countries.

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Judicial - Legal Matters (JL)

- 16 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials on judicial and legal matters and includes material pertaining to the judiciary, judicial procedure, crime, criminal procedure, and investigations. It also contains legal material of a general nature pertaining to claims, litigation, decisions, opinions, interpretations, and notaries.

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Labor - Management Relations (LA)

- 13 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials related to labor and management relations, labor conditions for workers, fair labor standards, minimum wage, investigations of labor-related issues, wage-price negotiations and guidelines, and pension funds.

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Legislation (LE)

- 64 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the development of federal legislative programs. It includes items on state of the union messages, legislative goals, presidential proposals to Congress, congressional relations, voting records of members of Congress, legislative task forces, pending legislation, bill signings, and lists of legislative accomplishments.

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Local Government (LG)

- 9 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials that reflect federal involvement with local government in states and territories, primarily in the cities and counties. The category contains materials on meetings with city and county organizations, rent supplements, urban renewal, federal aid to cities, urban and rural poverty, and the Republican Party's record in urban affairs.

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Medals and Awards (MA)

- 10 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials concerning medals, awards, and trophies awarded to individuals and groups. These materials concern awards for military, civilian, and foreign service. It also contains materials concerning commemorative medals, invitations for festivals and awards ceremonies, correspondence thanking the president for awards, and correspondence from the White House to recipients of awards.

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Meetings and Conferences (MC)

- 1 linear foot
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials related to meetings, conferences, and conventions. It includes materials on meetings with the president or his aides, people attending White House meetings, appointees and topics discussed at international conferences, meetings with foreign leaders, as well as notes on meetings and conferences.

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Messages (ME)

- 84 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material concerning messages, greetings, statements, and similar communications made by the White House to individuals and organizations. These materials include birthday greetings, congratulations, condolences, and messages on special occasions.

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National Security and Defense (ND)

- 160 linear feet
- Available upon request
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to U.S. national security functions. It includes items on civil defense, resources, weapons, preparedness, facilities, intelligence, reserves, and the military academies. This category also contains material pertaining to military personnel, including casualties, conscription, courts martial, war crimes, requests, promotions, and separations.

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Natural Resources (NR)

- 11 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the conservation and discovery of natural resources. It includes items on federal management of public lands, mineral, oil and gas reserves, water resources, and fish and wildlife.

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Outer Space (OS)

- 3 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This subject category contains materials pertaining to research, exploration, and development of non‑military air and outer space. Included in this category are materials concerning foreign space programs and joint programs with other nations. There are materials on the United Nations Treaty on Outer Space and the Agreement on the Rescue and Return of Astronauts and Return of Space Objects.

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Parks and Monuments (PA)

- 7 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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The subject classification contains material pertaining to memorials, including memorials to President John F. Kennedy, monuments, historic sites, parks, reservations, creation of a national trail system, and cemeteries.

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Peace (PC)

- 3 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials concerning efforts to promote peace through improvement of international standards of living, raising the status of man, disarmament, arms limitations, and foreign aid. It includes materials on programs such as Food For Peace, Food For Freedom, the Peace Corps, the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), and the People-To-People exchange program.

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Personnel Management Within the Federal Government (PE)

- 16 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials on personnel issues within the federal government. It contains materials concerning hiring practices, separations, employment statistics, budgets for personnel, and rules and standards for government employees. It also includes materials on federal holidays and employee benefits.

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Political Affairs (PL)

- 51 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material concerning political matters of national, state, and local interest. Included in the category are materials on campaigns, elections, party conventions, voter drives, and campaign finances. It also contains materials related to the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, letters from the public supporting particular candidates, and letters thanking and congratulating various candidates.

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Postal Service (PO)

- 2 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to postal affairs such as collections and deliveries, rates and fees, and special services. Specifically, the category contains memorandums and correspondence from Postmasters General John Gronouski, Lawrence O'Brien, and Marvin Watson concerning operations of the Post Office Department; fraudulent mail operations; zip code use; transportation costs; postal unions; Postal Commission activities; delays of mail to Vietnam; handling of mail to former U.S. presidents; and the use of computers to reduce paperwork and improve management. Also included are comments on the Kappel Commission Report on the Postal System.

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President (PP)

- 47 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains materials of a personal nature about the president and his family, including letters from friends, neighbors, extended family members, and the public. The correspondence includes thank you notes, get well wishes, condolences, greeting cards, and congratulatory messages. Materials include information about the president's early life, education, and career.

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Procurement and Disposal (PQ)

- 5 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains material related to the procurement, management, and disposal of equipment, supplies, surplus materials, and services. It includes items on cost reductions, stockpile legislation, and the disposition of agricultural products and other commodities.

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Public Relations (PR)

- 155 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to public relations including media broadcasts, press releases, and press conferences. It includes information on polls, invitations to events, requests for meetings and interviews with the president, and background information for upcoming meetings. Also included are letters of appreciation to prominent people, letters from the general public, and requests for presidential favors and gifts.

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Publications (PU)

- 27 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials pertaining to the preparation, revision, printing, and distribution of government publications including the "Congressional Directory," "Congressional Record," "Federal Register," "Public Papers of the President," and "Weekly Compilations of Presidential Documents." It also contains materials on non-government publications such as cartoons, periodicals, and books.

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Real Property (RA)

- 4 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials concerning the planning, development, and administration of public buildings and lands. It includes information on the design and construction of federal buildings and on the disposition of U.S. federal buildings and lands in the United States, the District of Columbia, and overseas. There are also materials on concessions on federal properties.

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Recreation and Sports (RE)

- 2 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials pertaining to amusements, hobbies, sports and recreation. It contains materials on government recreation and athletics programs, international sporting events, college athletics, and amateur sports. It includes materials on the development of recreational facilities, messages to athletes, and correspondence to celebrities who had performed for military personnel.

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Religious Matters (RM)

- 3 linear feet
- Available upon request
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains materials on religious issues. It includes items on federal aid to education with regards to religious institutions, separation of church and state, and religion in regards to foreign relations. It also contains correspondence with leaders and members of various religious denominations.

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Reports and Statistics (RS)

- 7 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category contains reports and statistics that could not be classified by a specific subject or that were on several subjects. It also includes materials on the creation, interpretation, and presentation of reports and statistics.

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Safety and Accident Prevention (SA)

- 2 linear feet
- Available for research
- 0% digitized
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This category contains material on industrial safety, occupational safety, safety codes, search and rescue, emergency services, traffic and highway safety, and accidents. It also contains information on fire prevention, school patrols, legislation on safety, and safety research.

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Science (SC)

- 2 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains materials pertaining to science, research and development, and technology. It includes items concerning legislation related to science and technology, international agreements about science and technology, and reports and speeches on science and technology.

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Social Affairs (SO)

- 5 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to the scheduling and planning of White House social events. It includes correspondence with quests, thank you notes, guest lists, and invitations. It also contains materials pertaining to policies of the White House Mess and the serving of alcohol in the White House.

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Speeches (SP)

- 97 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to speeches, addresses, talks and statements made by the president, other public officials, and by prominent citizens. It also contains background material for speeches, speech drafts, and letters from the general public expressing their opinions of the speeches.

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States - Territories (ST)

- 9 linear feet
- Available upon request
- 0% digitized
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This category contains materials on the organization of state and territory governments, the relationship between the states and the federal government, and governmental and political matters in the states and territories. It also covers issues such as state rights, statehood, and legislative reapportionment. This category includes communications between the White House and state governments.

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Trade (TA)

- 10 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1 % digitized
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This category contains materials pertaining to international trade, domestic commerce, tariffs, quotas, restrictions on imports into the United States, exports, reciprocal trade agreements, and trade conferences. This category also includes material related to trade centers, trade fairs, trade meetings, and trade missions.

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Transportation (TN)

- 4 linear feet
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- 0 % digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to passenger and freight transportation by rail, highway, or water, including transportation rates and transportation services. It includes material on national transportation policy and regulation, transportation to Vietnam, highway traffic, government vehicle fleets, and mass transportation. It also contains material on maritime policy and the merchant marine.

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Trips (TR)

- 17 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1 % digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to president’s trips outside of the Washington, D.C. area. It includes items such as invitations, agendas, travel arrangements, reports of advance men, itineraries, thank-you letters, and public opinion on presidential visits. The category includes material related to official travel, visits to the LBJ Ranch, presidential retreats, and political trips.

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Utilities (UT)

- 5 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category contains material pertaining to energy, water, and communications utilities. It covers facilities, rates, fees, regulations, electrical power generation, underground utilities, cooperatives, widespread power outages, gas production, water treatment, radio, television, telephone, and telegraph.

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Veterans Affairs (VA)

- 6 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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This category covers the subject category for veterans affairs and reflects the concerns of veterans and their dependents. It includes correspondence, memorandums, and reports showing White House involvement in legislation and various programs to benefit veterans. This category also includes material on presidential special messages, bill signings, and meetings and receptions for veterans' organizations. This category contains many letters received by the White House and answered by presidential aides or officials of the Veterans Administration (V. A.) concerning individual veteran's cases related to pensions, service-connected disability claims, or hospitalization needs.

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Welfare (WE)

- 18 linear feet
- Available for research
- Less than 1% digitized
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The White House Central Files staff used the subject category Welfare (WE) for material pertaining to improving the welfare of the people of the United States, developing community welfare services, setting national goals for standards of living, and tracking social trends. The category includes material pertaining to population control and family planning; income maintenance proposals; public assistance programs; child welfare services, including children's homes, foster care, infant mortality rates and disabled children; prison conditions, reform schools and rehabilitation programs; charitable fund drives; old age assistance; geriatric programs; studies of the aging process; low income health and housing complexes for the elderly; vocational rehabilitation; social security, including benefits, costs, financing and Medicare; old age assistance and survivors benefits; and youth programs, including physical fitness programs and summer youth programs. The category also contains material related to the Johnson administration's "War on Poverty," including the Office of Economic Opportunity, Job Corps, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Community Action Programs, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Neighborhood Service Centers, the Economic Opportunity Loan Program, and Project Head Start.

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White House Administration (WH)

- 11 linear feet
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- 0% digitized
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This category covers the category for White House Administration and pertains to the operation, maintenance, and administration of the White House, the Executive Office Building, and other temporary offices of the president. It includes material on White House architecture, building and grounds management, the budget of the White House Office, office space, parking space, and furnishings. This category also includes thank you letters to the president for visits with the president at Camp David.

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