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 Alan Wood Lukens To Be United States Ambassador to the Congo

Nomination of Alan Wood Lukens To Be United States Ambassador to the Congo

June 29, 1984 The President today announced his intention to nominate Alan Wood Lukens, of Pennsylvania, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the People's Republic of the Congo. He would succeed Kenneth Lee Brown.

Mr. Lukens served in the United States Army in 1942 - 1946. He was a teacher at Southern Arizona School in Tucson, AZ (1949 - 1950), and at St. Alban's School in Washington, DC (1950 - 1951). In 1951 he entered the Foreign Service as assistant cultural affairs officer in Ankara. He was cultural affairs officer in Istanbul (1952 - 1953) and public affairs officer in Martinique (1954 - 1956). In the Department he was press officer of the news division in 1956 - 1958. He was on detail in 1957 to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, as press officer. He was committee secretary of international staff at NATO/Paris (1958 - 1960), American Consul, then Charge d'Affaires in Brazzaville (1960 - 1961), Charge d'Affaires in Bangui (1961), special assistant to the Ambassador and political officer in Paris (1961 - 1963), and political-military officer in Rabat (1963 - 1965). In the Department he was personnel officer in the Bureau of African Affairs in 1965 - 1967. He was deputy chief of mission in Dakar (1967 - 1970) and in Nairobi (1970 - 1972). In the Department he was Chief of the Junior Officer Division in the Bureau of Personnel (1972 - 1974), and Director of the Office of Iberian Affairs in the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs (1974 - 1975). In 1975 - 1978, he was deputy chief of mission in Copenhagen and consul general in Cape Town in 1978 - 1982. Since 1982 he has been Director of the Office of Analysis for Western Europe in the Department.

Mr. Lukens graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1948). He attended Georgetown University (1950 - 1951), Ecole des Science Politiques in Paris (1948), the University of Madrid (1948 - 1949), and the University of Paris (1959). His foreign languages are French, Spanish, and Danish. He was born February 12, 1924, in Philadelphia, PA.