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    Richard Nixon Archive: Preparation for His 1959 Biography. In 1959, author Earl Mazo, a political correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, published a biography of then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait. Mazo was helped out by Nixon, who prepared page after page of handwritten notes relating everything from his political philosophies and goals for America to events of his political career, such as the hearings against Alger Hiss who was accused of being a Soviet spy.

    Included in the collection are eight pages of handwritten notes, on 5.5" x 5.75" cards for "Mazo" outlining "Points to emphasize" including "1. Peace / 2. Strong, intelligent people / 3. Better Life - does not mean softer life." He gives his views on what stance the Republican Party should take on issues such as civil rights, economic issues, and foreign policy. He further expounds on the last issue, stating that the country must "Recognize threat - its character - determination to dominate world" which we should meet through "Military strength - obvious / Allies - obvious (can't do it alone)." Nixon goes into more detail on these issues in an additional eleven pages of notes, on 8" x 12.5" legal paper.

    Nixon also provides a detailed outline of the "Hiss Chambers Case" in five pages of handwritten notes on 8" x 12.5" legal paper. Alger Hiss was a high official in the State Department who accompanied FDR to Yalta and played an important role in the founding of the United Nations. After he left the State Department in 1947, Alger Hiss became president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was serving in that capacity in 1948 when former Communist Whittaker Chambers, before the House Un-American Activities Committee, first made public his charges that Hiss was a Communist and had been a Soviet spy while he was working in the State Department in the 1930s. Nixon, as a young congressman from California, first gained national prominence when he was appointed head of the subcommittee that questioned Chambers and Hiss. On January 21, 1950, Hiss was found guilty of perjury for his testimony before a grand jury in 1948 concerning conversations with and passing documents to Chambers. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Nixon outlines "How it started" calling Hiss "a commie in the 1930s." He follows with the "counterattack" of August 5 which "almost blasted us off the map," "Hiss' statement," the results of the hearing, and "Why is hearing important?"

    Also included are additional miscellaneous notes, three pages accomplished in Nixon's hand; a twenty-eight page typescript of snippets from interviews, spanning the months August through December 1958, with holographic edits; two Earl Mazo typed letters signed; and a five page typescript outlining "Ideas for Concluding Chapter of Mazo Book."


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