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WHORM - Messages (ME)

A primary subject category containing information pertaining to messages, greetings, statements, and similar communications (sent from the president or on his behalf) for special events.

DESCRIPTION OF SECONDARY FILE CODES

ME Messages (6.13 ft.; boxes 1-16)

A subject category containing requests for every type of message the White House Message Office produced, including greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, births, graduations, and marriages. Also included are requests for get well and condolence messages. Requests for messages for every type of organization outlined in the secondary subjects of this category are included as well. The category also contains the drafts and/or final responses provided by the Message Office.

ME001 Messages Sent to Individuals (19.6 ft.; boxes 16-65)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages to individuals, including greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, births, graduations, and marriages. The category also contains the drafts and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office. These messages (along with the messages produced in the subcategories for individuals) are provided for outstanding individuals, including civic leaders; religious leaders; political figures; friends and family of President Bush, the White House staff, or members of Congress; and other notable public figures. Also included are messages for individuals noted for their efforts as volunteers, including the people selected as Daily Points of Light.

ME001-01 Anniversaries (Wedding) (.4 ft.; boxes 65-66)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages commemorating wedding anniversaries that are exceptional in length and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests.

ME001-02 Birthday Greetings (3.6 ft.; boxes 67-75)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages in honor of individuals' birthdays and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests. Many of the individuals who receive messages have reached extraordinary ages. Birthday greetings are also sent to prominent individuals, including all members of Congress.

ME001-03 Condolence/Death (2.8 ft.; boxes 76-82)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages on the occasions of individuals' deaths and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests. These condolences were sent to the families of prominent elected officials, public figures, family and friends of President Bush, the White House staff, and members of Congress. Condolences also went to the families of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and armed service personnel killed in the line of duty. In addition, this subcategory contains the drafts and final versions of the letters President Bush wrote to the families of the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.

ME001-04 Illness/Get Well (1.33 ft.; boxes 83-85)

A secondary subject category containing requests for get well messages and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests. These get well messages went to prominent elected officials, public figures, family and friends of President Bush, the White House staff, and members of Congress.

ME001-05 Wedding Congratulations (.66 ft.; boxes 86-87)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages congratulating couples on their marriages and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests. These messages went to prominent elected officials, public figures, family and friends of President Bush, the White House staff, and members of Congress.

ME002 (78.0 ft.; boxes 88-283)

Currently unprocessed and unavailable for research.

ME002-01 Messages - Churches, Synagogues (2 ft.; boxes 284-288)

A secondary subject category containing requests for messages to religious institutions and organizations and, in most instances, the draft and/or final responses provided by the White House Message Office to those requests. The largest segment of this category are requests for anniversary messages for churches, synagogues, and temples. Also numerous are requests for messages to conventions, convocations, or other gatherings of religious groups. A third substantial subsection of this category is message requests for dedications of new worship facilities. The remaining balance contains a variety of requests, including messages for religious programs and performances, religious leaders and honorees by religious institutions, religious celebrations of secular and sectarian holidays, religious mission trips. Finally, apart from these standard solicitations received by all presidents, this category contains requests specific to Presidnet Bush's term in office. Most notable are requests from religious institutions for messages acknowledging prayer services being held concerning the war against Iraq.

ME002-02 Colleges - Schools - Universities - Libraries (4 ft.; boxes 289-299)

A secondary subject category containing message requests directly or indirectly related to education. The largest number of solicitations received by the White House Message Office in this category are requests for messages acknowledging graduations from secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Other large segments include message requests for elementary, secondary, and college reunions as well as requests regarding the dedication of new education facilities, the start of education conferences, and the receipt of scholarships, honorary degrees, and other educational awards. With only minor exceptions, these requests resulted in messages from either the White House or the Department of Education. However, it should be noted that graduation and reunion messages were very rarely provided to individuals, but to the entire group. This category also contained numerous requests for messages specifically addressed to Barbara Bush. The vast majority of these concerned literacy programs or library dedications and were answered by the First Lady. The White House also consistently provided messages for graduates of drug awareness programs and attendees of drug-free graduation parties. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports provided messages related to physical education and proper nutrition, but congratulatory messages for athletic teams winning championships were provided by the White House. Other messages only indirectly related to education located in this category are messages provided to musical groups, such as marching bands that performed in the inauguration and various parades, father/son meetings, and messages for college newspapers. It should be noted how these messages were used to promote Administration policies. During the first two years of the Bush Administration, education policies do little more than reiterate the President's commitment to education. However, many of the messages sent by the White House during the last two years included information on the America 2000 initiative. It should be noted that unless there was a specific person of some importance or with some connections to the Administration being honored, personal messages were not sent. Instead, all messages were addressed to the participating group. Also, as is true with all messages categories, the most important messages were sent by the White House, with appropriate departments, most often the Department of Education, sending messages to those groups deemed less important.

ME002-03 Messages - Governmental Groups (Foreign and Domestic) (3 ft.; boxes 300-307)

A secondary subject category consisting of message requests from and messages to governments and governmental agencies within the United States and overseas. Domestically, message requests were received from and issued to local, state, and federal governments and agencies. The largest single subcategory of requests were anniversary messages to cities, counties, and states. Government agencies, such as fire, police, and park and recreation departments, as well as public-sponsored programs such as anti-drug campaigns also received messages for dedications, special events, and anniversaries. At the federal government level, there were numerous messages to various cabinet departments and governmental agencies. Also present were messages for conferences and workshops sponsored by or held for governmental groups. Nation-wide meetings of local and state governmental officials also received messages from the Bush Administration. International messages consisted mostly of official correspondence between President Bush and the heads of states of other countries. These were most often congratulatory messages concerning anniversaries, holidays, and special celebrations and reciprocal than you messages. Also in this subcategory are messages for international conferences.

ME002-04 Messages - Hospitals / Health Care Institutions (1.4 ft.; boxes 308-311)

A secondary subject category contains message requests related in some way to the health care industry. The most common type of message in this subcategory is the anniversary message provided by the President or an Administration representative at the Department of Health and Human Services to representatives of health-care facilities or organizations. Generally, requests for messages for ground-breaking ceremonies of new medical facilities were declined, but dedications of such facilities were considered worthy of a message. Messages were also sent to conventions, conferences, symposia, and awards ceremonies related to health care. Volunteer groups and non-profit organizations working in the medical field generally received messages upon request. In some instances, the Bush Administration sent appropriate proclamations instead of a more personalized message in response to a request.

ME002-05 Messages - Labor Unions/Trade Groups - Professional Associations (3.6 ft.; boxes 312-320)

A secondary subject category contains requests for presidential messages to various groups and organizations. The majority of these messages have been issued to commemorate anniversaries, annual conferences, or other organizational meetings. These message requests do not have any common theme or deal with any particular subject matter. Their placement in this category stems only from their originations as message requests from organizations, groups, or associations. However, it should be noted that there are a large number of message requests related to gatherings of current and former military personnel. Many of these are connected to World War II anniversary celebrations.

ME002-06 Messages - Newspapers - Magazines - Radio / TV Stations (2.1 ft.; boxes 321-326)

A secondary subject category containing anniversary messages to newspapers, magazines, radio, and television stations. Messages were also provided by the White House to regional and national gatherings of reporters, broadcasters, and writers. Other messages were sent to media outlets that were publishing or broadcasting special editions or series that interested the President, such as crime prevention and drug abuse. Also, there were many messages located in this sub-category that had no direct relation to the media. These generally involved requests from organizations that wanted messages from President Bush and planned to have them published. Finally, there were several messages provided to media outlets congratulating them for their public service during and after natural disasters. The vast majority of these related to Hurricane Hugo.

ME002-07 Messages - Trade Fairs - Missions - Centers - Expositions - Exhibitions (1.6 ft.; boxes 327-330)

A secondary subject category containing message requests from groups or individuals seeking Presidential messages for exhibitions, trade fairs, and other gatherings. The vast majority of these gatherings were business related, and many of these were requests from the United States Information Agency for messages to United States' pavilions at international trade meetings. Messages were also sent from the White House or various cabinet departments to national trade fairs and expositions sponsored by both profit and non-profit organizations. In addition to these message requests, this category also contains a limited number of messages to non-profit missions and county and state fairs.

ME003 Messages Denied (9.5 ft.; boxes 331-354)

A secondary subject category exclusively containing requests for messages that were subsequently denied by the White House Message Office.

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