Guide to the Richard Nixon Portrait Committee Records, 1968-1974


The Committee was formed in 1968 to raise funds for a portrait of then President Richard M. Nixon to hang in the Law School. The collection contains correspondence, financial records, and material about Joseph Wallace King, the artist commissioned to paint the portrait. The material range in date from 1968-1974.

Collection Details

Record Group
Richard Nixon Portrait Committee records
Duke University. School of Law. Richard Nixon Portrait Committee
0.25 Linear Feet, approx. 200 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains material pertaining to the operation of the Committee and includes correspondence; lists of donors and the amounts of their contributions; financial papers that include deposit slips, invoices, and bank statements; and a file on Joseph Wallace King, the artist commissioned to execute the portrait, that consists of newspaper articles, a color catalogue, and a letter from King describing his experience in the White House. The material range in date from 1968-1974.

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[Identification of item], Richard Nixon Portrait Committee Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, November 1968-February 1969
Correspondence, March 1969-June 1969, undated
Donors and Contributors, 1969, undated
Financial Papers, 1968-1969
King, Joseph Wallace, 1968-1974

Historical Note

A group of Law School students formed the bipartisan Nixon Portrait Committee to raise funds for a portrait of President Richard Nixon, a 1937 graduate of the School. The Committee was chaired by Charles S. Mill, Jr., a student in the Duke Law School. The portrait was painted by Joseph Wallace King and was presented to the Law School at the 1969 Commencement ceremony. Since that time it has been stored in the Law School and the Art Museum. In March of 1998, there were plans to loan the portrait in turn to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Nixon Library, and the National Portrait Gallery.

Related Material

  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Nixon Library Controversy Collection, 1981-2001 (Duke University Archives)
  • Richard M. Nixon Reference Collection, 1934-1999 (Duke University Archives)

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The Richard Nixon Portrait Committee Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1969-1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Larkin Rowley, September 2008

Encoded by Joshua Larkin Rowley, September 2008

Accessions A69-57, A69-58, A69-173, A70-76, and A74-27 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.