The majority of this collection currently consists of the "love letters" sent to Mrs. Nancy Davis Reagan by her husband, President Ronald Reagan over the course of their courtship and marriage. Included are letters, notes, gift tags, commercial greeting cards and Western Union telegrams.
Material within this collection was used to create the book, I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, Random House, c2000. We have noted material used for the book in bold and cited the page number from the book. Photos of the items appear in the book and/or actual text of the items. We have noted which items are photos and which are text. Please see the container list for this information.
In their salutations, the President and Mrs. Reagan frequently used the acronym, "I.T.W.W.W." According to Mrs. Reagan this meant [I love you most] "in the whole wide world."
Each page in this collection is numbered and the container list shows the actual page number for each item. The originals of these items are not served to researchers without permission from the Reagan Foundation. A full copy set of the collection is held in the Research Room. Please see the Research Room Attendant or your archivist for requesting these items.
The collection currently consists of five series: SERIES I: Correspondence, Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, 1950-1990; SERIES II: Holiday Greetings, Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan, 1951-1994; SERIES III: Other Holiday Greetings, 1980s; SEREIS IV: Nancy Davis Childhood Material; SERIES V: Post-Presidential Correspondence, 1989-2009.
This series is further divided into subseries: Subseries A: Correspondence and Subseries B: Telegrams.
This subseries consists of 23 "love letters" sent by Ronald Reagan to Nancy Davis Reagan from their courtship continuing throughout their marriage. The largest block is from the 1950s - 14 letters sent to Mrs. Reagan when Mr. Reagan was traveling for movie or television appearances, business as the President of the Screen Actors Guild, and as company representative for the General Electric Company. The later correspondence (1966-) was generally not mailed to Mrs. Reagan but left for her at home or on her desk. Some later items are undated, be we have attempted to put them in rough chronological order.
In addition, this subseries contains 16 "love notes," 14 undated general gift tags sleeved in plastic preservation sleeves and 22 general commercial greeting cards to Mrs. Reagan from President Reagan. These items also range fro the earliest years of the Reagan's marriage through the White House years. Most of these items are undated, but we have attempted some rough chronological order based on the pricing of the cards and the type of greeting card graphic design.
This subseries consists of the 51 telegram sent to Mrs. Reagan when President Reagan was traveling, particularly during his time as host of General Electric Threatre and company representative for General Electric. Mr. Reagan traveled by train during this time period and passed through Albuquerque, NM on the "Super Chief" out of Los Angeles. He frequently got off the train at this point to send a telegram to Mrs. Reagan both coming and going on his journeys. Thirty-nine of the 51 telegrams originate from Albuquerque, NM. Each folder contains preservation plastic sleeves with two Western Union telegrams encased in each sleeve. The dates for each telegram are given on the item list. A single telegram to Mrs. Reagan's mother (Mrs. Loyal Davis) from President Reagan is also included.
This series consists of letters, notes, gift tags, and commercial greeting cards sent to Nancy Davis Reagan by her husband, President Ronald Reagan, over the course of their courtship and marriage. The material is arranged chronologically by holiday - Valentine's Day, Wedding Anniversary (03/04/1952), Easter, Mother's Day, Mrs. Reagan's Birthday (July 2), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Within each holiday, the material is arranged as follows: letters/notes, gift cards, and then commercial greeting cards. Valentine's Day consists of 4 letters, 7 gift tags, and 53 Valentine's Day commercial greeting cars. There are 9 anniversary letters, 4 anniversary gift tags and 34 Anniversary commercial greeting cards. Easter greetings include 2 handmade cards, 1 Easter telegram, 5 Easter gift tags, and 39 commercial greeting cards. Mother's Day greetings include 5 gift tags, 1 handmade card, 1 Mother's Day letter and 44 commercial greeting cards. There is 1 Father's Day greeting card, 1 Birthday postcard, 3 Birthday letters, 3 Birthday messages, 65 Birthday commercial greeting cards, 8 Birthday gift tags, and 14 Thanksgiving commercial greeting cards. Christmas greetings include 11 Christmas letters, 22 Christmas gift tags, and 21 Christmas commercial greeting cards. Much of this material was hand-delivered and the dates are uncertain. We have attempted to put them in rough chronological order based on the pricing of the cards, stationery, and/or types of graphics used in the material.
This series consists of Valentine's Day, Anniversary and Birthday greetings from First Lady Nancy Reagan to President Ronald Reagan and a single love note from Nancy Reagan to Ronald Reagan. They are all from their time in the White House, 1981-1989. Also included in this series are birthday greetings from her son Ron Reagan and his wife Doria to Nancy Reagan and an Anniversary card from Maureen Regan to her father and stepmother.
This series consists of a handwritten essay by 17 year-old Nancy Davis for a school assignment. It is about her adoptive father, Dr. Loyal Davis and is entitled, "Surgeon Extraoridnary."
This series consists of 50th wedding anniversary (March 4, 2002) greetings from President Ford and Betty Ford, President Carter, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush and President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Also included are letters regarding the 2007 Women's Heart Health campaign from First Ladies Betty Ford, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Rosalynn Carter, Lady Bird Johnson and one from Nancy Reagan herself. The rest of the material is a handwritten note from Mrs. Reagan and White House entertainment lists.
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