White House Staff and Office Inventories, 1981-1989

Dolan, Anthony "Tony" R.: Files, 1981-1989
collection, Office of Speechwriting Speechwriter, 1981-1985 Special Assistant to the President and Chief Speechwriter, 1985-1986 Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting, 1986-1989 Anthony “Tony” Dolan joined the White House Speechwriting Staff in March 1981, and stayed until the end of the Reagan’s second term in 1989. Dolan had served as the Director of Special Research and Issues, in the Office of Research and Policy at the Headquarters of the Reagan-Bush Committee, and as a speechwriter. Prior to joining the campaign, Dolan had a distinguished career as an investigative reporter and won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/dolan.pdf, Dolan, Anthony "Tony" R.: Files, 1981-1989, Clements National Security Papers Project
Media Relations, Office of: Records, 1981-1989
collection, The Office of Media Relations was responsible for all press relations except the White House Press Corps. This involved press briefings, press conferences for regional and local media, arranging interviews for regional media, and sending out video clips for local newscasts. At various times it also included the “television office” responsible for the recordings of Presidential video/audio-taped messages and assisting with the actual technical set-ups for outside broadcast crews. These different functions were carried out under several office permutations and office names throughout the Reagan administration. Since most of the staff and their physical location remained the same throughout the eight years, we have gathered all of this material under the title of the Office of Media Relations., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/mediarel.pdf, Media Relations, Office of: Records, 1981-1989, Clements National Security Papers Project
Parvin, C. Landon: Files, 1981-1983
collection, Speechwriting, White House Office of : Speechwriter, 1981-1983 Landon Parvin (1948- ) is an Illinois native whose education and initial background were in labor relations. From 1972 to 1974, he was an industrial relations specialist with the Department of Labor. In the late 1970s, Parvin turned to writing for businesses, public relations groups, and comedy writing. He worked mostly on a free-lance basis. He served as a volunteer with the 1980 Reagan Presidential campaign, drafting commercials and other advertisements. Parvin joined the White House staff in July 1981. He left in November 1983 and worked in London, first for the United States Information Agency, then for the US Ambassador to Great Britain. In January 1985, Parvin returned to the US and became a free-lance speechwriter who occasionally drafted speeches for President Reagan and other administration figures. Today he remains a free-lance speechwriter, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, whose recent clients have included California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Material in this collection includes speech drafts (many with handwritten edits), final versions of speeches, and a relatively small amount of monthly memos and correspondence., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/parvin.pdf, Parvin, C. Landon: Files, 1981-1983, Clements National Security Papers Project
Presidential Handwriting File
collection, The Presidential Handwriting File is an artificial collection created by the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM). The Presidential Handwriting File consists of a variety of documents that Ronald Reagan either annotated, edited, or wrote in his own hand. When documents containing the president's handwriting were received at WHORM for filing, the original was placed in the Presidential Handwriting File and arranged by the order received. A photocopy of the document was placed in the appropriate category of the WHORM: Subject File. The first page of the casefile was stamped Handwriting File, indicating the location of the original documents. However, WHORM often failed to indicate on the original documents the original location (i.e. the six digit tracking number, Subject Category Code). The Presidential Handwriting File, as created by the White House, did not contain handwriting found in staff and office files. The Library will be creating a further series of handwriting material from staff and office files. In order to provide better access to the Presidential Handwriting File, the collection has been arranged into six series. Each series is arranged chronologically by the date of the document. Each document has been marked with the appropriate WHORM: Subject File category and a six digit tracking number., https://reaganlibrary.gov/document-collection/white-house-staff-and-office-inventories#P, Presidential Handwriting File, Clements National Security Papers Project
Press Secretary, White House Office of: Press Releases and Briefings: Records, 1981-89
collection, This collection consists of two series, Series I: Press Releases and Series II: Press Briefings., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/prpressr.pdf, Press Secretary, White House Office of: Press Releases and Briefings: Records, 1981-89, Clements National Security Papers Project
Public Liaison, White House Office of: Records, 1981-1989
collection, The Office of Public Liaison was first formalized during President Gerald Ford’s administration in 1974. Its responsibilities are to communicate the President’s policies and agendas with various interest groups, ethnicities, religious, cultural, and economic associations and groups. It serves as the first place these groups present their interests to a President’s administration. The Office was expanded during the 1990s to include liaison to intergovernmental entities. The office has currently been renamed to the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/publicli.pdf, Public Liaison, White House Office of: Records, 1981-1989, Clements National Security Papers Project
Speechwriting, White House Office of: Research Office : Records, 1981-1989
collection, The White House Office of Speechwriting: Research Office consisted of researchers assisting the speechwriters by compiling background information and fact checking for individual remarks, addresses, tapings, radio speeches and statements. Researchers were assigned to specific speeches and speechwriters. This information can be found in the speech indexes found in the Office of Speechwriting collection. Individual researchers were identified beginning in 1982. This collection consists of four series: Series I: Speeches. 1981-1989; Series II: General Topic Speech Research File. 1982-1988; Series III: Research Clipping File. 1980-1984; and Series IV: 1980 Campaign File. The 1980 Campaign File consists of three subseries: Subseries A: Campaign and Pre-Presidential Speeches. 1979 1981; Subseries B: Campaign Reference File. 1964-1980; and Subseries C: Reagan Speeches. 1952-1978., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/speechre.pdf, Speechwriting, White House Office of: Research Office : Records, 1981-1989, Clements National Security Papers Project
Speechwriting, White House Office of: Speech Drafts: Records, 1981-1989
collection, The Reagan Administration Office of Speechwriting consisted of two major filing systems: Speechwriting Research and Speech Drafts. The Library treats each filing system as a separate collection. Speech Drafts consists of multiple drafts from the first version to the final product for each speech, message, taping, and radio address. Speeches were “staffed” at the White House to all major staff offices with an interest in each particular speech. Staff returned comments, editing and annotations. Filing of this material was inconsistent throughout the administration. The staff comments can be within the WHORM Subject File “SP" subject category for any particular speech or within the draft for the speech. Sometimes they are duplicated in both places. Because of these multiple filing systems, the Library recommends researchers look at the entire speech “evolution” from the Speech Research folder, the Speech Draft to the final SP category for a full idea of the creation of each speech. Not every speech has each: a speech research, draft and SP category, but the majority do have all three units. The Speechwriting Office: Speech Drafts consists of three series. They are Series I: Speech Drafts, 1981-1989, Series II: Edited and Unused Speeches (2 subseries), and Series III: NonPresidential Speeches (2 subseries)., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/speechdr.pdf, Speechwriting, White House Office of: Speech Drafts: Records, 1981-1989, Clements National Security Papers Project
Uhlmann, Michael: Files, 1981-1984
collection, Office of Policy Development (Legal Policy) Mr. Uhlmann is a native of Washington, DC. Uhlmann graduated from Yale University and went on to receive a doctorate in government from Claremont Graduate School. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Uhlmann served as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the Justice Department during the Ford Administration. He returned to government service as the Special Assistant to President Reagan working on legal policy issues within the Office of Policy Development. He served in the first administration., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/uhlmann.pdf, Uhlmann, Michael: Files, 1981-1984, Clements National Security Papers Project
Verstandig, Lee L.: Files, 1983-1985
collection, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Assistant to the President Lee Verstandig and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs filed their work product in a slightly different way than other White House staff offices. Mr. Verstandig, in particular, used the Central Files as the repository for much work material that is ordinarily found within staff offices. Due to the breadth of the material sent to Central Files it would be impossible to transfer all of this material back to Verstandig’s collection but the Library has done so in some discreet cases., https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/textual/smof/verstand1.pdf, Verstandig, Lee L.: Files, 1983-1985, Clements National Security Papers Project
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