By LYNN BAILEY, AP archival photo editorWashington — A collection of photos taken by photographers who were at the center of a presidential scandal, such as those of President Richard Nixon, and later used in a book by the late Michael Harrington, are set to be digitized.
The National Archives and Records Administration said Monday that Harrington and his family will share with the public the photographs of the Nixon family, including photographs taken at their home, as part of a project known as The Nixons.
“The photographs are important because they shed light on the lives of those who had a profound impact on the president’s personal and political life, said Dan Litt, the agency’s archivist for photography.
The collection, which will be published on the National Archives website, was initially expected to be housed at the White House, but was later moved to the National Library of Medicine.
The Nixons were photographed by photographer Pete Healy and his wife, Mary, while they were vacationing at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
The couple had a private room, and in the summer of 1974, the couple were photographed standing by the beach at a time when there were concerns about the spread of tuberculosis.
Nixon was hospitalized in 1976 and died two years later.