This collection covers the full range of Mr. Deaver’s activities during his time as a White House advisor. It contains correspondence and memos with White House staff members that he oversaw or worked with, as well and correspondence with the general public. It reflects his close relationship with President and Mrs. Reagan, and some of the tasks that he undertook on their behalf.
The collection contains some materials of a purely personal or political nature, or regarding the Presidential Inaugurals. These materials are not Presidential records, and have been designated as personal papers of Ronald Reagan. In the interest of context and ease of use, we have retained these materials within the Deaver collection, reviewing them under the Deed of Gift for the papers of Ronald Reagan.
This collection does not contain material on Mr. Deaver’s career prior to Ronald Reagan’s Presidency, or the later investigation of Deaver. However, other Reagan Library collections do have material pertaining to these periods of Deaver’s life.
This series contains material relating to Mr. Deaver’s work and life during his time on the White House staff. Correspondents include the general public, friends and acquaintances of Deaver or President Reagan, Republican Party officials, members of Congress, representatives of foreign governments, and Reagan Administration staff. The material covers speaking and event proposals, requests to meet or interview the President, requests for photos and autographs, recommendations for Presidential phone calls, thank-you notes for assisting with trips and events, reactions to Presidential trips and events, unsolicited resumes and personnel recommendations, and holiday greetings. Topics include the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, gifts sent to Deaver, private sector initiatives, tax and budget policy, oil and gas lottery fees, the Middle East, the environment, the Legal Services Corporation, US-Soviet relations, the G7 economic summits, trade policy, the 1984 Summer Olympics, women’s rights and the “gender gap,” controversies surrounding Secretary of the Interior Watt and OMB Director Stockman, the future Reagan Presidential Library, the 1985 Bitburg visit, wineries and wine, Deaver’s hospitalization in January 1985, and his departure from the White House staff.
Many documents from late 1983 through 1984 pertain to the 1984 elections. This material includes unsolicited political advice, requests to help with the Reagan-Bush campaign, suggestions and feedback for Reagan’s debates with Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale, and post-election reaction.
There are “Outgoing” and “Incoming” files beginning with July 1983. The “Outgoing” files consist mostly of incoming mail, and copies of response letters. The “Incoming” files contain relatively more White House memos, but have only a few Deaver responses.
This series contains material relating to “Senior Staff Action Items” lists. These lists are also in many other Reagan Library collections. They record items that the White House Senior Staff discussed at its meetings, such as domestic and foreign policy issues, scheduled Presidential and Administration events, high-level personnel matters, and updates on other staff meetings. The Action Items lists also name the White House staff people who were assigned to follow up on particular action items.
This series contains material relating to proposals for Presidential events and travel, agendas for long-range Presidential scheduling meetings, and guidelines for political versus official travel. It is arranged by month. The series also contains analyses of White House staff input at long-range scheduling meetings, copies of President Reagan’s monthly block schedules through April 1983, statistical information on the President’s trips, and guidelines regarding Reagan family travels.
This series contains material relating to matters Mr. Deaver and his White House staff dealt with, including planning for events involving President and Mrs. Reagan; event invitations and schedule proposals; compilations of information on events; trip advance material, particularly for foreign trips; material pertaining to the design and decorating of the White House complex, and the wine and food served at White House functions; memos and letters on policy issues and other topics, exchanged with White House and Executive Branch units; gift reports, travel forms, and other administrative material pertaining to Deaver and the staff that he oversaw; and daily phone and correspondence logs maintained by Deaver’s secretary. Some material was created by, or originally addressed to, the people who served under Deaver in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
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This series contains material relating to the 1983, Summit of Industrialized Nations (aka the Williamsburg Summit or 1983 G-7 Summit). The United States hosted this event in 1983 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Deputy Chief of Staff office, with Deaver’s assistant Michael McManus serving as one of two Administrators of the Summit, took ultimate responsibilities for the planning and coordination of this event. Material within this series covers the work of the Economic Summit Task Force, schedules of Summit events, papers and talking points for use during the Summit, and Deaver’s copy of the Economic Summit briefing book.
This series contains material relating to the 1984 Reagan re-election campaign, the 1982 mid-term elections, and other matters of a political nature. A large portion consists of public opinion polls and poll analyses, most of which are from Decision Making Information, the organization headed by longtime Reagan pollster Richard Wirthlin. There are also materials pertaining to Reagan re-election campaign strategy and the selection of a campaign advertising agency, Reagan campaign surrogate speakers and budget figures, draft scripts for radio and television ads, draft fundraising material and campaign literature, and state-level political analyses.
This series contains material relating to the 1985 Inaugural Committee and Inauguration ceremonies, including the launching and organization of the Committee, Committee budget figures and press releases, Committee staffing, draft and final event schedules, information on potential entertainers and food, draft seating charts and lists of invitees, lists of thank-you notes and congratulatory letters, and form letters from the Committee. There are also some materials pertaining to the 1981 Inauguration, such as copies of invitee lists.
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