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June 13, 2013

Finding Aid to the Edwin Meese Papers Updated

Edwin Meese papers, Box 771, Folder 20, Hoover Institution Archives).
Edwin Meese papers, Box 771, Folder 20, Hoover Institution Archives).

The finding aid to the Edwin Meese papers has been revised, now including a description of incremental materials added to the collection after its accession in 1991.

Those materials relate to Meese's role in the presidential and gubernatorial administrations of Ronald Reagan. After receiving a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Meese became a district attorney in Alameda County. His experience with law enforcement gave him the necessary background to then become legal affairs secretary to Governor Reagan. When Reagan ran for president in 1980, Meese was an adviser to the campaign. During Reagan's presidency, Meese served as a counselor to the president and as a member of the National Security Council. In 1985, he became the seventy-fifth attorney general of the United States.

Materials in the increment include speeches, correspondence, memoranda, reports, schedules, and legal documents related to Meese's work during Reagan's presidential and gubernatorial administrations, including documentation of the Iran-contra affair.