Material relating to the documentary film series Watergate

Scope and Content

Material relating to the documentary film series Watergate, 1960s-1990s, concerning the Watergate scandal and the fall of President Richard Nixon, made by Brian Lapping Associates Ltd and broadcast in 1994, including U-matic cassettes of video taped interviews with members of Richard Nixon's administration and those that prosecuted Watergate, notably H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson and John Dean; typed transcripts of the above interviews, including both original research interviews and transcripts from the final production interviews; U-matic tapes of the newsreel used in the programme; transcripts of the White House tapes containing President Nixon's conversations with his aides taped by his hidden system, 1971-1973; copies of Haldeman's handwritten notes of conversations with the President and others, especially relating to Watergate, 1970-1973; other research material, including Books of Information compiled by the House Judiciary Committee relating to Watergate, transcripts of evidence given to the Senate Watergate Committee in private session, copies of newspaper articles, books and unpublished memoirs, as well as VHS and audio tapes containing Nixon's press conferences of 1972, John Dean's testimony and previous documentaries made on the Watergate scandal.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brian Lapping Associates was formed by Brian Lapping and Norma Percy in 1988, and is a London based television production company specialising in documentaries. Watergate was a joint production with the BBC and the Discovery Channel, produced by Norma Percy and broadcast in the UK and the USA in June and August 1994.


The collection is divided into the following sections:
MS976/1: Transcripts of Research Interviews
MS976/2: Transcripts of Interviews
MS976/3: The White House Tapes Transcripts
MS976/4: Research Materials
MS976/5: H.R.Haldeman's Notes
MS976/6: Legislative Archive
MS976/7: White House Special Prosecutor's Files
MS976/8: The Presidential Conduct of Foreign Policy, 1969-1973
MS976/9: Audio and Visual Material
MS976/10: U-Matic Interview Tapes
MS976/11 U-Matic Footage Tapes
MS976/12 U-Matic Footage Tapes Content Lists
MS976/13 Programme Footage Scripts

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. However, certain sections of the collection are closed and are unavailable for consultation. These include MS976/1, MS976/4/14 and MS976/10. For further details on viewing MS976/9, please contact the Archivist.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Brian Lapping Associates in 1996.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copy catalogue available. This collection has been fully listed and is included in the ULRLS on-line catalogue,

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The collection includes U-matic, audio and VHS video tapes.

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

Further material relating to documentaries produced by Brian Lapping Associates is held at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London; and the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests. Audio and video material within the collection cannot at be copied.

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