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.