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Gwendolyn B. King Papers, White House Central Files, 1969-1974
6212848  
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Description
Gwendolyn B. King served as Director of Correspondence for the First Lady. Her responsibilities included answering all mail received by Mrs. Nixon, Julie and David Eisenhower, and Tricia and Edward Cox. Mail addressed to the President and Mrs. Nixon was also handled by this office. One staff member under King, Cynthia A. (Cindy) Vanden Heuvel, evolved into a sort of personal secretary to the Eisenhowers and the Coxes. Her records were segregated as the “Girl’s Office,” and her records are included in this file group.
Background
October 27, 1915 - Born, Hartsville, South Carolina as Mabel Gwendolyn Bair; later changed name to Gwendolyn Mabel Bair. 1932-1936 - B.A., Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina. 1936-1937 - Strayer Business College, Washington, D.C. 1937 - Catholic University, Washington, D.C. 1937 - Married to LaBruce W. King. 1937-1942 - Administrative Assistant to Librarian & Junior Librarian's Assistant, Library of Congress. 1942 - Farm Credit Administration, Kansas City, Missouri. 1942-1953 - Housewife. 1953- Clerk-Stenographer, Office of Examining Branch, Army Board of Correction of Military Records, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C. 1953-1969 - Assistant to the Appointments Secretary, White House; along with other short-term positions. 1969-1974 - Director of Correspondence for Mrs. Nixon. 1974-1976 - Volunteer on Mrs. Ford's staff. 1976- Public speaker and active in community activities, Santa Rosa, California.
Extent
8 linear feet, 9 linear inches; 20 boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
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.