Staff Assistant
Office of Economic Affairs


Small subject and chronological files concerning his work as an aide to White House Counsellor Anne Armstrong and later with the Economic Policy Board. Topics include: Council on Wage and Price Stability, Federal Property Council, World Food Conference, economics, and the organization and operation of the Economic Policy Board.

0.8 linear feet (ca. 1,600 pages)

Gerald R. Ford (accession number 77-107)

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Prepared by Barbara J. White, April 1983
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I. David Wheat, Jr.

Sept. 24, 1947 - Born, raised in Texas

1970 - Texas Tech University (B.S. with High Honors)

1972 - Harvard University (M.A. in Public Policy)

1972-73 - Special Assistant to Donald Rumsfeld, Director of the Cost of Living Council

1973-74 - White House Staff Assistant to Anne Armstrong, Counsellor to the President

1975 - White House Staff Assistant to Economic Policy Board

May 1975 - University of Houston, Administration


David Wheat joined the White House Staff in March 1973, as assistant to Anne Armstrong, Counsellor to the President. Although Armstrong departed the White House in December 1974, Wheat remained through May 1975 and provided assistance to the Economic Policy Board staff. The majority of his files concern his work for Anne Armstrong.

As staff assistant, Wheat aided Armstrong on routine office correspondence; on economic issues and her position on the Council on Wage and Price Stability; on surplus federal land and her position as Chairman of the Federal Property Council, which included the Legacy of Parks Program; and on her attendance as a member of the United States delegation to the World Food Conference in Rome, Italy, in 1974. In addition, both hailed from Texas and he maintained information on miscellaneous local issues, such as the 1974 dairy and beef cattle situation. He prepared informational and draft Presidential memoranda for Armstrong, responses to the public, and weekly economic fact sheets.

In 1975 he assisted Marvin H. Kosters, Consultant to the Office of Economic Affairs, on economic policy analysis and planning, and on the operating process of the Economic Policy Board. He prepared memoranda, draft proposals and planning calendars, tracked legislation, and drafted standard responses to the public. In addition, he continued correspondence on Federal Property Council issues.

Although Wheat delivered 62 speeches during his two years on the White House staff, there is no record of them in these files. The file in general appears fragmentary. Most of his material from the Nixon administration was placed with the Nixon presidential materials upon his departure in May 1975.

Related Materials (April 1983)
Related materials include the staff files of Anne Armstrong (Counsellors to the President) and Marvin Kosters (Economic Affairs Office).


Subject and Chronological File, 1974-75.  (Boxes 1‑2, 0.8 linear feet)
Correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, fact sheets, press releases, news articles, handwritten notes, printed materials. Topics include: Council on Wage and Price Stability, Texas dairy/cattle producers, 1974 World Food Conference, scheduling, Federal Property Council and Legacy of Parks Program, economic fact sheets, employment applications and recommendations, establishment of the Economic Policy Board, economic analysis, and miscellaneous other matters.

Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Box 1 - Subject and Chronological File

  • Chronological File, July 1974-May 1975 (1)-(6)
  • Council on Wage and Price Stability
  • Dairymen/Cattle Producers ‑ Texas
  • Economic Fact Sheets
  • Economic Policy Board ‑ Committee on the Budget

Box 2 - Subject and Chronological File

  • Economic Policy Board ‑ Economic and Energy Program
  • Economic Policy Board ‑ General (1)‑(2)
  • Economic Policy Board ‑ Review Book
  • World Food Conference (1)‑(2)