Oral Histories

Interview of Harry R. Haldeman

Member of the University of California Board of Regents from 1965 to 1968. White House chief of staff under President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973.
Harry R. Haldeman
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
UCLA and University of California History
UC Regents
UC Regents
Biographical Note:
Member of the University of California Board of Regents from 1965 to 1968. White House chief of staff under President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973.
Treleven, Dale E.
Haldeman, Harry R.
Persons Present:
Haldeman and Treleven.
Place Conducted:
Haldeman's home in Santa Barbara, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Dale E. Treleven, Director, UCLA Oral History Program.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
David P. Gist, editor, checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and with the interviewer verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. Gist drafted the table of contents and the interviewer prepared the introductory materials.Haldeman reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family background; Boy Scouts of America; military service; Reserve Officers Training Corps; managing student election campaign at UCLA; participation in extracurricular activities; involvement with UCLA Alumni Association and fund-raising to build Pauley Pavilion; backlash from nonpublic institutions over solicitation of private funds; Franklin D. Murphy's leadership; Charles E. Young; serves on University of California Board of Regents; Educational Policy Committee; Grounds and Buildings Committee; assessing individual regents; regental voting patterns; events leading up to vote of no confidence in Clark Kerr; plan to decentralize university administration; student unrest in the 1960s and administrative response; abuse of free speech; faculty controversies; advising gubernatorial candidate Ronald W. Reagan on the University of California; individual governors' attitudes toward the university; affirmative action and equal opportunity; enrollment fees; university investment policies; medical education and health sciences; permanently leaving the board; campaigning for Richard M. Nixon; why Nixon lost the 1962 California gubernatorial election; Nixon-Haldeman White House staff system; writing and editing The Ends of Power; life in prison; advertising career with J. Walter Thompson Company; developing young entrepreneurial talent.