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 Please check our website, or  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)

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




Nomination of John Thomas Agresto To Be Archivist of the United States

May 1, 1986

The President today has announced his intention to nominate John Thomas Agresto to be Archivist of the United States. This is a new position.

Mr. Agresto has been with the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1982, first as an Assistant Chairman and then as Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman, 1985 to the present. Previously he was with National Humanities Center Research in Triangle Park, NC, 1979 - 1982 and 1978 - 1979; a visiting associate professor at Duke University in 1981; an assistant professor at Kenyon College, 1972 - 1978; and a visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto, 1971 - 1972.

Mr. Agresto graduated from Boston College (A.B., 1967) and Cornell University (Ph.D., 1974). He is married, has two children, and resides in Washington, DC. Mr. Agresto was born on January 7, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY.