The Nation: Without Foundation

When they created the Nixon Foundation in 1969, the trustees had grand plans for building a museum and library for the papers and mementos of the 37th President. The foundation's board included some of the most powerful figures in the country — men like John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and an influential lawyer named Herbert Kalmbach — to say nothing of Billy Graham and several distinguished businessmen.

As the Watergate scandal grew, the Nixon Foundation slipped into disarray. Now a majority of the 25 trustees have voted to dissolve the whole enterprise. The plan is to turn over to Whittier College,...

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