Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Address and Contact Info
Address: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone:(800) 410-8354 or (805) 577-4000
Fax: (805) 577-4074
Web site: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/
Online Finding Aid: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/textual/topics/foiatopic.html
Archivists principal contacts for advice on the collection):
(Mike Duggan, Supervisory Archivist; Shelly Williams, Archivist and FOIA coordinator)
Hours and usage restrictions
The research room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday but is closed on weekends and all federal holidays. While there is no fee to conduct research, there are charges of 20 cents per copy for self-service photocopying and 75 cents per copy if copied by the Reagan Library staff. Audiovisual materials can also be reproduced for additional fees. Researchers are not required to make an appointment or reservation to use the research room. However, the library highly recommends that researchers contact them prior to their first visit so the library can confirm open material for a specific topic is available. All requests for material should also be requested before 3:30 p.m.
Researchers are also invited to visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As a Presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Reagan Library, under the authority of the Presidential Records Act, is the repository of presidential records for President Reagan’s administration. Its holdings include 50 million pages of presidential documents, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film and tens of thousands of audio and video tapes. Additionally, the Library houses personal papers collections including documents from Reagan’s eight years as governor of California.
The Federation of American Scientists has posted online all the declassified National Security Decision Directives from the Reagan years.
The National Security Archive at the George Washington University has also posted online many documents from the Reagan years.
The website, www.thereaganfiles.com has also posted many of the recently declassified National Security Council and National Security Planning Group meeting minutes from the Reagan years.
Suggestions for approaching the material:
The material at the Reagan Library is generally categorized into either White House Staff and Office Files (WHSOF) and White House Office of Records Management Subject Files (WHORM). In many cases, the same document is located in both the WHSOF's and the WHORM subject files.
The WHSOFs are organized by person or office and are mostly compiled from the material that person or office left in their office after leaving their White House position. For example, their is a WHSOF for Office of Speechwriting, as well as a WHSOF for a particular speechwriter, like Anthony Dolan and Peggy Noonan.
In contrast, the WHORM files were compiled by the WHORM which organized the records by subject. For example, Judicial Appointments is located within the FG WHORM subject guide.
In response to the numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests the Reagan Library has received over the years, the Reagan Library staff has compiled a FOIA topic guide organized by subject of the FOIA. The FOIA topic guide is extremely useful to researchers because the FOIA topic guide is a list of where material is located relevant to a particular subject and references both the WHSOF's and the WHORM subject files.
Housing and getting by for less in the area:
Simi Valley offers a number of hotel options. A short drive away, Thousand Oaks and Westlake, a 20 mintute drive from the Reagan Library, offer further hotel options.