Celebrating the 19th Amendment/Closure Notices

On August 6, join AmericasTownHall virtual celebration "The 19th at 100!" Presented with All in Together, 19th News, the US National Archives, and presidential libraries, a group of women luminaries, and other leading figures will discuss the past, present, and future of women’s equality. The celebration occurs on August 6, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm PDT, to register for this free online event, please see the invitation at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/19th-amendment-past-present-and-future-tick...


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.



Nomination of Leonard Grant Shurtleff To Be United States Ambassador to the Congo

May 19, 1987

The President today announced his intention to nominate Leonard Grant Shurtleff, of New Hampshire, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, as Ambassador of the United States of America to the People's Republic of the Congo. He succeeds Alan Wood Lukens.

Before joining the Foreign Service in 1962, Mr. Shurtleff was a utility/dairyman and milkman at Wason MacDonald Dairy in Haverhill, MA, 1956 - 1962. He trained as a junior Foreign Service officer in the State Department for a year before his assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, 1963 - 1965. In 1965 he went to Freetown, Sierra Leone, as political officer and served there until 1967, when he returned to Washington and became an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. From 1969 to 1970, he took African studies at the University of Chicago. In 1970 Mr. Shurtleff was assigned as principal officer at the United States consulate in Douala, Cameroon, and in 1972 became deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania. From 1975 to 1977, he was special assistant to the Ambassador as narcotics coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. He returned to the State Department as Alternate Director in the Office of Inter-African Affairs, 1977 - 1979, and became Deputy Director of the Office of Central African Affairs, 1979 - 1981. From 1981 to 1983, he served as Deputy Executive Director in the Bureau of African Affairs before being assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, in 1983 as deputy chief of mission. Since 1986 he has been a member of the senior seminar at the Foreign Service Institute.

Mr. Shurtleff graduated from Tufts University (B.A., 1962). He is articulate in French and Spanish. He is married and resides in Meredith, NH. He was born on June 4, 1940, in Boston, MA.