Staff Assistant for Community Development
Domestic Council


Materials primarily concerning his work as Domestic Council liaison with the District of Columbia government. Other topics include the Bicentennial Celebration, disaster relief, and the Congressional Black Caucus.

2.4 linear feet (ca. 4,800 pages)

Gerald R. Ford (accession numbers 78-40, 78-41)

Open. Some items are temporarily restricted under terms of the donor's deed of gift, a copy of which is available on request, or under National Archives and Records Administration general restrictions (36 CFR 1256).

Gerald Ford donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections. The copyrights to materials written by other individuals or organizations are presumed to remain with them. Works prepared by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duties are in the public domain.

Prepared by Leesa Erickson, January 1980
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Andre Buckles, a former assistant general counsel of the United States Information Agency, began working for the Domestic Council as Staff Assistant for Housing and Community Affairs in May 1974. He was promoted to Assistant Director in October 1975 and left the administration in July 1976. During his tenure as Staff Assistant, Buckles reported directly to Tod Hullin, Associate Director. The Buckles papers do not contain any materials from the period after his promotion to Assistant Director.

Buckles' primary responsibility was as the President's liaison with the District of Columbia until those duties were transferred to Margo Boyle, a Staff Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs, early in 1975. He monitored legislation, reviewed and recommended individuals for presidential appointments to boards such as the National Capital Planning Commission, and kept a close watch on local politics. He was also involved in planning the Bicentennial celebration in the capital city. Other responsibilities included working with the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration in determining whether the President should approve or turn down recommendations for issuing emergency declarations, and monitoring the development of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Materials consist of memoranda, draft decision papers for the President, correspondence, schedules, newspaper clippings, and statements and speeches made by Administration officials on domestic issues. Most of these materials are copies or printed matter. A few items in the collection date from the Nixon administration.

Related Materials (Jan. 1980)
Related information may be found in other Domestic Council collections, particularly in those of Tod Hullin, Kenneth Cole, and James Cannon who all have files on subjects which Buckles handled. Further material concerning the District of Columbia liaison function may be found in files of Margo Boyle. Some of Buckles' material concerning the District was transferred to her.


Subject File, 1974-75.  (Boxes 1-6, 2.2 linear feet)
Correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, press releases and publications relating to the District of Columbia, the Bicentennial, Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and various boards and commissions in Washington, D.C. There are other files relating primarily to potential candidates for presidential appointments.

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

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Chronological File, 1974.  (Box 6, 0.2 linear feet)
Copies of correspondence, memoranda and miscellaneous materials originally created by Buckles. Topics include: Washington, DC government and politics; housing; urban policy, Olympic games, sex discrimination, and disaster relief.

Arranged chronologically.

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Box 1 - Subject File

  • Amtrak Improvement Act of 1974 (Press Release)
  • Bicentennial, 1970-73
  • Bicentennial, 1974 (1)-(3)
  • Bicentennial, 1974 - Publications (1)-(2)
  • Bicentennial, 1975

Box 2 - Subject File

  • Budget (District of Columbia)
  • Budget Reductions
  • Black Caucus (1)-(3)
  • Black Caucus (4)
  • Capital City Republican Club
  • Champion, Jackson R.
  • City Council Resumes
  • Cortez Peters Business College
  • D.C. Candidate - Burton, Mel
  • D.C. Candidate - Crawford, H.R.
  • D.C. Candidate - Judges (D.C.)
  • D.C. Candidate - Moore, Jerry
  • D.C. Candidate - Nevius, Jack
  • Demonstrations
  • Diggs, Charles C.
  • Dodds, Lewis
  • Downtown Progress
  • Eisenhower Civic Center

Box 3 - Subject File

  • FDAA - Federal Disaster Assistance Administration (1)-(3)
  • Federal City Council
  • Federal Enclave (Empty except out card)
  • Federal Planning
  • Fort Lincoln
  • George Rogers Clark Memorial Park
  • Georgetown Waterfront
  • HUD - Director's Review: 1976 Budget
  • Historic Preservation (1)-(2)
  • Judicial Disabilities and Tenure
  • Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Law Revision Commission
  • Meyers, Tedson J.
  • National Capital Planning Commission (1)

Box 4 - Subject File

  • National Capital Planning Commission (2)
  • National Capital Service Area (1)-(2)
  • National Corporation for Housing Partnerships
  • National Visitors Center
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (1)-(2)
  • Rent Control

Box 5 - Subject File

  • Resumes
  • Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Soviet Embassy Complex
  • University Circle (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Washington, Walter (Mayor of Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Background (1)-(2)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (1)-(4)

Box 6 - Subject File

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Publications
  • Willard Hotel

Box 6 (Continued) - Chronological File

  • Chronological File, 08/1974
  • Books Removed to the Book Collection