Michael P. Balzano Papers, White House Central Files, 1972-1973
Title: Michael P. Balzano Papers, White House Central Files, 1972-1973
Collection Number: 6121287
Balzano, Michael P.
Extent: 4 linear feet, 5 linear inches; 10 boxes
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Abstract: Michael P. Balzano, Jr. was a White House Staff Assistant. He worked in the office of Charles W. Colson on labor and ethnic
matters. Balzano served as a liaison between the Nixon Administration and various segments of the population including labor
and Eastern European ethnic groups. These files are reflective of Balzano’s monitoring such concerns as ethnic representation
in government, busing, crime, patronage, Radio Free Europe, Eastern Europe, Nixon’s visit to the Soviet Union, Vietnam, the
Ethnic Studies Heritage Programs Act, and the Higher Education Act.
Language of Material: English
Collection is open for research. Some materials may be unavailable based upon categories of materials exempt from public release
established in the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974.
Most government records are in the public domain, however, this series includes commercial materials, such as newspaper clippings,
that may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the copyright holder for information.
Michael P. Balzano Papers, White House Central Files, 1972-1973. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
These materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of
the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-526, 88 Stat. 1695) and implementing regulations.
Scope and Content of Collection
Michael P. Balzano, Jr. was a White House Staff Assistant from February 1972 through March 1973. He worked under Charles Colson
on "blue-collar" and "white ethnic group" concerns. Balzano acted as a liaison between the Nixon Administration and various
segments of the population, including labor, Catholics, Poles, Slovaks, Italians, Greeks, Ukranians, Lithuanians, Estonians,
and other Eastern European groups.
These groups had many concerns, which Balzano monitored. Among those were busing, crime, Eastern Europe, Radio Free Europe,
patronage, ethnic representation in government, Nixon's visit to the Soviet Union, Vietnam, the Ethnic Studies Heritage Programs
Act, and the Higher Education Act. The 1972 election was also a focal point. The support of the various groups was seen as
both a goal for Balzano and as a measure of the success of the Nixon Administration in the first term.
Principal correspondents and persons discussed in the files are Charles Colson, W. Richard "Dick" Howard, the President, and
Laszlo Pasztor. Also included are Dimitri Danielopol, Ralph Perk, Karol Sitko, Dagnija Kreslins, John Volpe, Edward Derwinski,
and Fred Gualtieri.