Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

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LIBRARY CLOSURE

We're sorry. Due to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum will be closed to the public beginning March 14th until further notice. This includes docents, volunteers and interns. We will continue to respond to written reference requests at reagan.library@nara.gov. Please check our website, reaganlibrary.gov or www.archives.gov/coronavirus  for updates on our operating hours and status.

All public events at the Reagan Library facilities are cancelled until further notice. This includes in-person public programs, tours, school group visits, public meetings, external conferences, and facility rentals. Where possible, we will conduct public events and outreach activities online and through virtual meetings. For online education information, please see our educational resources.

Notice to NARA Researchers and FOIA Requestors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference or FOIA request or appeal.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.  Read more on how NARA is addressing COVID-19 (coronavirus) https://www.archives.gov/coronavirus

RESEARCHERS: Please see a "Letter to Researchers" from the Archivist of the United States for a further update.

 


 

Daily Diary

The President’s Daily Diary is a day-by-day record of Ronald Reagan’s eight years as President. It chronicles such activities as meetings, briefings, press conferences, telephone calls, photo sessions, meals, travel, and recreation. Presidential Diarist Ellen Jones (McCathran), a National Archives employee detailed to the White House, had chief responsibility for creating the Diary, based on documents provided by various White House units.

The primary Diary document for most days is a log, entered on a standard form. The logs list starting and ending times for activities, brief descriptions for activities which require explanation, and information on persons or groups involved. Some log entries refer to appendices which provide full participant lists, and other additional information, for certain meetings, air travel, and social affairs.

The Daily Diary originally contained several gaps, up to three weeks in length, which usually corresponded to President Reagan’s trips outside the Washington, DC area. The Diary also stopped completely in October 1988, apparently because the Diarist fell behind in compiling it. In order to fill the gaps, the Reagan Library has transferred to the Daily Diary selected documents from other collections within the Office of the Presidential Diary. The transferred materials consist of draft versions of logs and appendices, plus other documents containing the types of information generally found in the Daily Diary. With the additional materials, there are only a few days which are totally missing from the Daily Diary. However, documentation for many days, especially those which President Reagan spent at Camp David or Rancho del Cielo (his California ranch), remains sketchy. Furthermore, the Diary does not provide a complete list of participants for every event, and sometimes refers the reader to appendices which were never created.

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