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Richard Allen, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (NSC), 1981-1982 
Digital Library Collection

5219-11, 5219-11, Portrait of National Security Advisor Richard Allen
in the White House. 11/19/81

This collection contains six folders and miscellaneous A/V material donated by Richard Allen to the Library.

Richard V. Allen was born in 1936 in Collingswood, New Jersey. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He began his career in foreign affairs while working for the Center for Strategic and INternational Studies from 1962-1966. He also served as a senior staff member at the Hooover Institution until 1968 when he was offered a position as a foreign policy coordinator for Richard Nixon. Allen became President Reagan's chief foreign policy advisor from 1977-1980 and was then appointed as President Reagan's first National Security Advisor. 

In September 1981, it was discovered that Richard V. Allen, the Advisor to the President for National Security Affairs and head of the National Security Council, had made some questionable transactions with journalists early in the Reagan administration. The first investigation of Allen’s actions was conducted by the FBI in late September 1981. Allen resigned his post in 1982.

Allen is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Insitution as well as a member of other organizations such as The Heritage Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, St. Maragaret's College, Otago, and more. 

This collection contains transcripts of recorded conversations of the White House Situation Room hours after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. The textual component of this collection has been digitized in full. Please refer to our citation guidelines for examples of how to properly cite Reagan Library records. 


Box 1
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 1)
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 2)
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 3)
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 4)
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 1- annotated)
Transcripts of 03/30/1981 Recording (Tape 2- annotated)