The material within this collection reflects the intensive nature of planning and “advancing” Presidential events and trips. Separate series are maintained for five of the President’s foreign trips, reflecting the large amounts of material pertaining to these trips and McManus’s key role in planning them. The trip-based series can include material on advance site visits, event proposals, lists of event attendees, draft and final trip schedules, and thank-you notes to people who helped with the trip.
The collection also reflects the large supervisory role the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff acquired after David Gergen, Director of Communications left the White House staff in late 1983. In effect, the Office was now providing the strategic guidance for the Office of Communications, Office of Media Relations, Office of Public Affairs and to some degree the Office of Speechwriting. McManus took on a large part of these responsibilities.
The collection includes material reflecting the Office of Deputy Chief of Staff’s responsibility for making all the arrangements of the Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7) held in Williamsburg, Virginia at the end of May 1983. Michael McManus was appointed the Coordinator for Administration for the Summit, supervising the independent group organizing the Summit. While working closely with the Summit group, McManus also retained his White House job and functions
With the original McManus collection, we found about 4-5 cubic feet of the specific records for the Summit of Industrialized Nations independent body. This body was located outside the White House in Jackson Place and had an Executive Director running day-to-day operations. We have transferred this material to a created collection for the Summit of Industrialized Nations. There is some additional McManus work product in the Summit collection (see separate inventory).
The remaining material within this collection focuses on the political and ceremonial functions of the President including fund-raising trips and events; the 1984 Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas, and the 1985 Inaugural. (Series 9-11) All of these series are considered “personal” papers of President Ronald Reagan misfiled within McManus’ presidential records. As such it is processed and made available under the deed of gift of the President regarding this material.
As a general note on filing practices by McManus, his office staff liked to group his work product in big broad topics usually in large expansion ("accordion") folders. We have retained this original order with overarching folder titles from the accordion folders and used some folder subtitles to break up the material in more specific units.
The Michael McManus collection consists of 11 series: SERIES I: Subject File, SERIES II: 1983 Williamsburg Summit, SERIES III: European Trip 1982, SERIES IV: South and Central American Trip 1982, SERIES V: Far East Trip 1983, SERIES VI: China Trip 1984, SERIES VII: 1984 Economic Summit – London, England, SERIES VIII: Events, SERIES IX: 1984 Republican National Convention, SERIES X: 1985 Presidential Inaugural, and SERIES XI: Political – General.
This series contains material relating to a variety of subjects regarding strategic planning for communicating and presenting the Reagan Administration. It also includes material on internal administrative matters and “special projects” which were the responsibility of McManus.
This series contains material relating to initial site selection for the Economic Summit, Administration events held at potential Summit sites, the budget for the Summit, Summit expenses and billing, setting up of accommodations, catering, security concerns, and meeting requirements. Only a few records pertain to the foreign policy and trade issues addressed during the Summit meetings.
This series contains material relating to the planning, pre-advance, and final scheduling for this first European trip that Ronald Reagan took as President (June 2-11, 1982). The trip’s primary purpose was to attend the 1982 Economic Summit (Summit of Industrialized Nations) at Versailles, France. It was expanded to include stops in Ireland and Great Britain, a NATO meeting in West Germany, a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, and a visit with the Pope at the Vatican.
This series contains material relating to the planning, pre-advance, and final scheduling for this trip in which President Reagan visited Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, and Cost Rica (November 29-December 4, 1982).
This series contains material relating to the planning, pre-advance and final scheduling for this November 1983 trip to Japan and South Korea. The trip included a visit to the DMZ at the border between North and South Korea.
This series contains material relating to the planning, pre-advance, and final scheduling for President Reagan’s 1984 trip to China. The trip included events in Hawaii and Guam prior to arrival in China, and a meeting with Pope John Paul II in Alaska on the way back from China.
This series contains material relating to the planning, pre-advance, and final scheduling for this trip to the 1984 Summit of Industrialized Nations. The trip included a stop in Ireland, where President Reagan reconnected with his Irish background in Ballyporeen, Ireland. The President also delivered two speeches in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the World War II D-Day Invasion in June 1944.
This series contains material relating to domestic trips to California, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, Massachusetts; local events within the Washington, DC area; and the President’s meeting with President de la Madrid of Mexico in San Diego, California. The time period for this series is May 1982 to July 1983. The 1982 trips were also used as fundraising and political promotion of the Reagan Administration for the 1982 Congressional elections.
This series contains material relating to the pre-planning and advance work done by Michael Deaver and McManus to assist in staging the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas.
This series contains material relating to the planning for the 1985 Presidential Inaugural, including reference materials pertaining to past Inaugurals.
This series contains material relating to political strategy for the off-year 1982 election and the 1984 presidential election. It contains 1984 campaign commercials, which are housed in our audio-visual holdings area.
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