Notice to General Public and Reagan LIbrary Researchers on Closures


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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)

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



Presidential Pets

President Reagan with Lucky on Marine One

Two dogs, Lucky and Rex, lived at the White House during Ronald Reagan’s Presidency. Both are now buried at Rancho del Cielo, the California ranch formerly owned by Ronald Reagan.

Breed: Bouvier des Flandres
Born September 1984
Died January 5, 1995
On December 6, 1984, Lucky was given to Nancy Reagan by the 1985 March of Dimes poster child, Kristen Ellis.  The dog was named after Mrs. Reagan’s mother, Edith Luckett Davis. Lucky was moved from the White House to Rancho del Cielo during the 1985 Thanksgiving holiday, because she was getting too big for the White House.

Breed: King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
Born December 16, 1984
Died August 31, 1998
Rex came to the White House on December 6, 1985, as a Christmas present from Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan. Prior to this, Rex belonged to commentator William F. Buckley (who kept Rex’s brother, Fred).  The dog was named after Rex Scouten, the White House chief usher who retired in 1985. Rex lived at the White House until Ronald Reagan left the Presidency, then moved with President and Mrs. Reagan to their new home in Los Angeles.