Notice to General Public and Reagan LIbrary Researchers on Closures


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. 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. 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.



Statement on the Death of Joseph R. Holmes

May 27, 1983

Nancy and I and all the members of the White House staff are deeply saddened today at the news of the death of our dear friend and respected colleague, Joe Holmes. In mourning Joe's passing, however, we can't help but admire the courage and tenacity with which Joe battled his cancer, always maintaining his sense of humor and conducting business from his bed until the very end.

Joe Holmes was a valued friend and a trusted aide. As a member of the staff during my days as Governor, he was responsible for coordinating my media program and earned the respect of all who knew and had the privilege of working with him. As a spokesman during the campaign, Joe always articulately and honestly answered the questions posed, and as Coordinator of White House Audio-Visual Services, Joe made a significant and lasting contribution to history and did so in a manner which exemplified the best of public service.

It is difficult to think of Joe not being with us any longer, but knowing him, he would not want us to dwell on sadness but rather to tell a funny story and enjoy life, as he always did.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his sons, Tom and Quinlan, and hope they will be strengthened by many wonderful memories of a very special man.