Forensic Document Examination of H. R. Haldeman Notes

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DIANE Publishing, Oct 18, 2011 - 75 pages
On Nov. 18, 2009, the Nat. Archives and Records Admin. (NARA) announced that it had convened a forensic document examination team to study two pages of the handwritten notes of Harry Robbins (H. R.) Haldeman, a chief of staff to President Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1973. These notes are among the permanent records in the holdings of the National Archives. The two pages under investigation were purported to have been created during Mr. Haldeman's 11:30 A.M. meeting with President Nixon on June 20, 1972, in the Executive Office Building, three days after the break-in at the Democratic National Comm. headquarters. This is the same meeting in which 18 minutes of tape-recorded conversation between Mr. Nixon and Mr. Haldeman were erased, prior to the White House tape-recorded conversations being turned over to Judge Sirica in response to a subpoena from the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. The specific purpose of further scientific examination of the handwritten notes has been to determine whether there is any evidence that additional notes were taken at the meeting that are no longer part of the original file. The panel also evaluated seven pages of handwritten notes from June 19, 1972; five pages of handwritten notes from June 21, 1972; and ten pages of handwritten notes from June 22, 1972; all from the Personal Files (1969-1973) of H. R. Haldeman now among the White House Staff Member and Office Files held by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library of the National Archives. Contents of this report: Background and Preliminary Observations; Inventory of Documents Examined; Inventory of Hyperspectral Imaging Examinations; Inventory of ESDA Examination Results; Inventory of Video Spectral Comparison Results. Includes photos of the handwritten notes. This is a print on demand report.

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