Reagan 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.

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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

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Letter Accepting the Resignation of Mari Maseng as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison

May 20, 1987

Dear Mari:

It is with deep regret that I accept your resignation as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Liaison, effective July 1, 1987.

I have been fortunate to have had someone of your abilities and dedication on my team for most of the past six years. From your days as a campaign worker and a press aide to Nancy, to your tenure as a speech- writer, Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Public Affairs, and your present position, you have been an invaluable help to me in implementing the goals of this Administration with skill and efficiency. Your role as Director of Public Liaison has, I know, been an especially demanding one, requiring long hours, sensitivity to the demands of a multiplicity of groups, and organizational skills. You, as usual, rose to the occasion with enthusiasm, energy, and grace under pressure. Moreover, demanding as public service may be at times, the sense of accomplishment for serving our country in a public capacity is without parallel. You have my heartfelt gratitude for a job well done.

A lot of us are going to miss you here in the White House, but I know that your new position will be an exciting and challenging one.

Nancy and I send you our best wishes for every future success and happiness. God bless you.

Sincerely,

Ronald Reagan


Dear Mr. President:

Once again, I ask for your understanding as I submit my resignation. It has been both an honor and an incomparable opportunity to serve you and the country as your Director of Public Liaison. As a granddaughter of immigrants, I share your love for America and the values and freedom that make it so great. It has been exciting to be a part of your team as you revived the confidence of our people and restored our natural strength.

As first a Reagan campaign worker, then speechwriter, then Assistant Secretary of Transportation and now as one of your Deputy Assistants, I have learned and grown and I hope contributed. Thank you for trusting me with such responsibility so early in my career.

Coordinating your outreach efforts hasn't been difficult because of the wellspring of love and support for you among the American people. Ensuring their views are heard as you consider policy has been rewarding because you embody the traditional values and beliefs of our citizens. Working to advance your agenda for a resurgent America has been a labor of joy.

I now would like to join U.S. Senator Bob Dole's Presidential campaign. There, I believe, I can be most effective in making certain the victories won so hard in your administration are continued and broadened in the next. Thank you for allowing me to share in the "Reagan magic.'' I will always be deeply grateful.

Sincerely,

Mari Maseng