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This collection is available in whole for research use. Some folders may still have withdrawn material due to Freedom of Information Act restrictions. Most frequently withdrawn material is national security classified material, personal privacy, protection of the President, etc.



President Reagan used the Presidential Briefing Papers as a guide for his working day. The papers consisted of short issue memoranda, appointments and meetings for each day, participant lists, time frames, and agendas. The material includes the President’s one page schedule for each day. This schedule contains Reagan’s handwritten notations for completion of each item on the schedule. At the end of each day the records used were gathered and organized by the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM). Records Management attached a worksheet for each day to the gathered material. The worksheet contains a list of each event and assigns a WHORM subject file code (PR007-01) and case file number for the entire day’s records.

Originally all briefing papers were part of the White House Office of Records Management subject category PR007-01. The Library decided to remove the Briefing Papers from PR007-01 and create a separate collection. We still retain the case file number with each date for historical reference.


The folders are arranged in chronological order. Case file numbers and worksheets for Records Management stop at December 21, 1987. From this point, all material is filed by date only.

The Richard Darman staff file collection, which has been processed and opened to research in whole, contains a copy set of the Presidential Briefing Papers for 1981-1984.


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