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Ronald Reagan Collections at the Hoover Institution Archives

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Firing Line program: Two Friends Talk: Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr., October 11, 1990

The Hoover Institution Archives holds collections that document an important period in Ronald Reagan's career.

The Hoover Institution Archives holds collections that document an important period in Ronald Reagan's career.  As we know from the book Reagan In His Own Hand, edited by Martin and Annelise Anderson and Kiron Skinner, Reagan used the period after his two terms as governor, while out of public office, to hone the policies he would put into practice as president.  This period, during the late 1960s and the 1970s, is well represented in a number of collections at the Hoover Institution Archives.

During this time Reagan wrote and delivered radio addresses on dozens of topics relating to United States domestic and foreign policy and made a run for the presidency in 1976.  This is the period covered by such Hoover Archives collections as the Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary sound recordings, the Citizens for Reagan records, and the records of Deaver & Hannaford, Inc., a public relations firm based in Los Angeles that worked with Reagan through the 1960s and 1970s.

The Hoover Archives holds the papers of important advisors to Reagan, some of whom also served in his gubernatorial and presidential administrations.  Examples of such collections include those of Annelise Anderson, William Casey, Milton Friedman, Peter Hannaford, Charles Hill, Fred Charles Ikle, Edwin Meese, and George Shultz.

Among audiovisual materials at the Hoover Archives, the broadcast archive of William F. Buckley's Firing Line television program includes several guest appearances by Reagan from 1967 to 1990, and the records of the Commonwealth Club of California contain recordings of several speeches by Reagan from the 1960s to the 1980s.  

In addition to the presidential papers, the gubernatorial papers from Reagan's two terms as governor of California, the 1980 presidential campaign papers, and the papers relating to the work of the transition team at the beginning of his first presidential term are, for the most part, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.