The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is located about 45 minutes north of UCLA. This past Thursday, a group of UCLA MLIS students and IS professionals visited the Library and also had the opportunity to see the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit currently on display. Michael Duggan, Supervisory Archivist at the Reagan Library, led our group through a tour of the archives. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed behind-the-scenes, but here are a few from the museum exhibits:
The National Archives and Records Administration oversees the Reagan Presidential Library. Under the authority of the Presidential Records Act, the Library is the repository for presidential records created during Reagan’s administration, with holdings including 50 million pages of presidential documents, over 1.6 million photographs, motion picture film, and audio and video tapes. The Library also houses personal paper collections from Reagan’s eight years as governor of California.
The Library museum features exhibits on Reagan’s early life in Illinois, career as an actor, marriage to Nancy Reagan, and entry into politics. There is also a piece of the Berlin WAll on the museum grounds and an exhibit hangar that houses the Boeing 707 used as Air Force One during Reagan’s administration.