Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Todd, W. mss, 1974-1977, consist of papers pertaining to Professor William Todd's investigation of the White House transcripts that were released by Richard Nixon May 1, 1974. William Burton Todd, 1919- , an English professor and analytical bibliographer of 18th-century literature at the University of Texas at Austin, revealed through his analysis how the transcripts were prepared, that at least five secretaries had worked on them and that there were numerous gaps in the typed record. Todd prepared a 40-page report on his investigation and sent copies to the New York Times, Judge Sirica, Judge Gesell, Leon Jaworski and a few politicians.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings by Todd; III. Clippings and miscellaneous materials.

The correspondence, 1976-1977, relates primarily to Todd's efforts to use quotes from some of his correspondents in an article concerning his investigation for Discovery: Research and Scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin (Vol. 1, No. 2, December 1976). Correspondents include attorney John Doar, Congressman James Jarrell Pickle, Professor Stephen H. Spurr, Professor H. Eldon Sutton, and William B. Todd. A mimeograph copy and the privately printed pamphlet (Austin, 1974) Todd's report The White House Transcripts: An Enquiry into Repetitive Typing, Cancellation, and other Bibliographical Phenomena as well as a typescript of "Logbook on Research pertaining to the Transcripts" are also present. A few related clippings and miscellaneous items complete the collection.

Purchase. 2005

Collection size: 22 items

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