This collection was created from material donated to the Library from Jean Mathison. Ms.
Mathison was Graber’s assistant for over 30 years and also worked with famed Hollywood designer Billy Haines. Mathison states the material was part of the “clean up” of the old office space for Haines / Graber.
This collection largely consists of photographs of White House private residence rooms redecorated by Graber in the early 1980s. These photographs were used to assess and describe the Reagan’s personal items auctioned by the Reagan Foundation after Mrs. Reagan’s death in 2016.
Other material includes news articles on Graber, Billy Haines, and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the west coast of the United States in 1983 (Graber decorated the 20th Century Fox film stage used for the large dinner given by the Reagans for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip). Other material includes White House programs, note cards and trip books from Graber’s social association with the Reagans during the 1980s. Also included is a copy of the original museum design for the Reagan Library.
This collection is arranged into four series: SERIES I: White House Decoration; SERIES II: White House Consultation Material; SERIES III Post-Presidential Consultation; and SERIES IV: Ted Graber Personal Material.
This series consists of mostly photographs of the completed rooms decorated by Mr. Graber and various assistants. In addition material includes information on Mr. Graber and his decorating styles; information on redesign of the Oval Office rug; Graber’s assistance on formal rooms in the White House including the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room; provenance information on furniture and other items used in the White House; and some general background information on the White House, the Old Executive Office Building and the White House grounds.
This series consists of material related to Mr. Graber’s association with Mrs. Reagan as a consultant on social issues and decorating for State and personal entertainments including advice on flower arrangements, menus and Christmas decorations. It includes press accounts of Queen Elizabeth’s 1983 visit to the west coast of the United States and covers the large dinner given in her honor by the Reagans with Graber serving as a consultant.
This series consists of the first efforts at designing the President’s post-Presidential office; requests for Graber’s comments on the original Reagan Library museum designs; and Graber’s material from the presentation of the official Reagan portraits in 1989l
This series consists of material regarding William Haines; Ted Graber; President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan; and mementos from events and Presidential trips involving Graber.
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