Associate Director for Housing and Community Affairs
Domestic Council


Hullin's chronological file of outgoing letters, memoranda and other documents primarily concerning his work on housing, urban affairs, disaster relief, growth policy, and sports (especially the Olympic Games). Also included are two briefing books. The bulk of his files were dispersed to other Domestic Council staff members upon his departure from the White House.

1 linear foot (ca. 2,000 pages)

Gerald R. Ford (accession number 77-107)

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Gerald Ford donated to the United States of America his copyrights in all of his unpublished writings in National Archives collections.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 Dale Harley Whitaker, September 1980
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In 1969, Tod Hullin began working at the White House as a staff assistant to the President. When the Domestic Council was organized, he joined it as Executive Assistant to the Director. He was appointed Associate Director for Housing and Community Affairs in May 1974 and remained in this position until his departure in January 1976.

Within his area of responsibility, Hullin received communications from executive departments, Congress, interest groups, and the public and coordinated the flow of information among the White House staff. He assembled information for the Domestic Council and executive departments, organized meetings, solicited representatives to appear before conferences and conventions, and drafted replies to letters to the President. Correspondence and memoranda in his files indicate the advice he provided on various topics (such as, talking points for Presidential meetings and information for the President's State of the Union Address) as well as his involvement in the decision-making process (especially concerning issues affecting the President's Commission on Olympic Sports). Hullin also was responsible for managing requests and recommendations for federal disaster assistance.

This collection primarily reflects Hullin's concern for housing and community affairs. He contributed to the passage of the Community Development Act of 1974 and the Emergency Housing Acts of 1974 and 1975. Lynn May inherited Hullin's most significant files including materials on the Community Development Act of 1974; the Emergency Housing Acts; home financing assistance; federal disaster assistance; Olympic sports; Detroit; and the national Growth Report. Miscellaneous office records on housing, community affairs and general issues which were completed by Hullin before his departure have been retained in this collection.

Related Materials (September 1980)
Related materials can be found in the Domestic Council files of Hullin's successor F. Lynn May and in White House Central Files Subject File category HS (Housing). Extensive files on housing and community development issues documenting the service of George Romney as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the first term of the Nixon administration (1969-72) are available at the Bentley Historical Library of The University of Michigan.


Chronological Files, 1974-76.  (Boxes 1-3, 0.9 linear feet)
Correspondence, memoranda, talking points, weekly reports, schedule proposals, invitations, and letters of appreciation. This series includes requests and recommendations for disaster assistance. Materials regarding the Housing Urban Development (HUD) regional activities appear in all folders. There is a great deal of discussion about community development, such as aid to Detroit for development of International Towers on the Detroit River and memoranda on the New York City financial crisis.

Arranged chronologically.

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Briefing Books, 1974-75. (Box 3, 0.1 linear feet)
Two briefing books. One concerns a 1974 visit of HUD Secretary Lynn to Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). The other concerns the 1975 National Association of Home Builders Convention in Dallas, Texas and activities and programs for which HUD provided financial assistance in the city of Dallas.

Arranged chronologically.

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Box 1 - Chronological Files

  • August 1974-March 1975

Box 2 - Chronological Files

  • April-October 1975

Box 3 - Chronological Files

  • November 1975-January 1976

Box 3 (Continued) - Briefing Books

  • Seattle, WA: Nov. 7-13, 1974
  • National Association of Home Builders Convention, Dallas, TX: Jan.19-23, 1975