Scope and Content
The Reagan Library has arranged the collection in a loose “series” order consisting of subject file material, Eureka College material, Dixon, IL and the Reagan boyhood home, Presidential Library material, and personal correspondence. The folders are filed alphabetically within this loose arrangement. Correspondents include: William “Bill” Thompson, who helped restore the Reagan boyhood home in Dixon; Doug Morrow, a friend from Reagan’s career as an actor; Bertha and Samuelion (Samueline/“Sam”) Sisco, two sisters who corresponded regularly with Reagan beginning in the 1970s; and longtime White House reporter Trude Feldman. Osborne handled the President’s personal mail with the help of Katherine “Charley” Shepherd of the White House Correspondence Office.
This collection originally consisted of a single oversize attachment found while arranging the “true” oversize attachments. In addition, we found three archives (Hollinger) boxes containing a personal papers collection for Kathy Osborne. Upon inspection, the material did not have a solicitation/acquisition file and it contained a note from Rod Soubers (Reagan Library Supervisory Archivist, 1989-1996). The note stated the material was “personal” and it apparently had been removed from presidential records and transferred. There is some indication that Osborne sent this material to the Ralph Bledsoe, the Director of the Library, 1991. No further documentation was found. It has now been integrated with the original Osborne material.
Much of this material would qualify as personal records of Ronald Reagan although handled routinely by Kathy Osborne. We have processed and opened it under the Reagan Deed of Gift.
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