KHACHIGIAN, KENNETH: Files, 1981 – REAGAN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
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KHACHIGIAN, KENNETH L.: Files, 1981
Special Consultant to the President
Office of Speechwriting, Chief Speechwriter
See also: KHACHIGIAN, KENNTH L.: Papers, 1981-1982
L. Khachigian is a native Californian, born in
Before continuing his education, Mr. Khachigian worked on Richard M. Nixon’s successful 1968 presidential campaign for nearly a year. He began work with the campaign in December 1967 and stayed until the election victory in November 1968. This was the beginning of his long career as a speechwriter and Republican campaign and political strategist.
the campaign ended, Mr. Khachigian attended
years of age, in January 1970, Khachigain joined the
Nixon White House as part of the National Goals Research Staff, which had been
established within the White House by Presidential Statement on
From 1975-1979, Mr. Khachigian was the editorial consultant to Richard M. Nixon. He assisted the former President with writings of any kind and speeches.
In 1980, he was brought into the Ronald Reagan Presidential campaign as a consultant and speechwriter. He was appointed as Special Consultant to the President by President Reagan in January 1981. During this time at the White House he also acted as the chief speechwriter. He left the Reagan administration in May 1981. Khachigian continued to write speeches for the Reagan White House, especially during the campaign years of 1982, 1984, and 1986. Some samples of additional work by him include President Reagan’s remarks at the Bergin-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1985, the joint anti-drug address of President and Mrs. Reagan in 1986 and the 1987 State of the Union speech.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Given the brevity of Mr. Khachigian’s actual time with the Reagan White House, his official collection is quite small. It consists of 11 folders which is approximately 200 pages. The Library has not established series arrangements for this material due to its size.
collection primarily consists of hand-written notes on legal paper taken by Mr.
Khachigian at meetings for the Cabinet,
Communications Office, Scheduling and Senior Staff from January 1981-April
1981. Agendas and a few background
pieces are also included for some of the meetings. Also included are a folder of notes taken the
day of the President’s attempted assassination,
In June 2000, Mr. Khachigian donated some personal papers to the Library. These include his work on the 1981 Inaugural Speech, and work he did for the Political Affairs Office for the 1982 mid-term election. Please contact your archivist to request this additional material which is processed and available for research use.
For more Khachigian material, especially for his later contracted speeches, please see the Speechwriting Drafts and the corresponding White House Office of Records Management Subject File SP categories. For more material on the campaign speeches of the 1980s, please also see the Ronald Reagan personal papers collection.
Cabinet Meetings [Notes] (January 1981) (1)(2)
Cabinet Meetings [Notes] (February 1981)
Cabinet Meetings [Notes] (March 1981)
Cabinet Meetings [Notes] (April 1981)
Communication Meetings [Notes] (January 1981-April 1981)
Scheduling Meetings [Notes] (January 1981, April 1981)
Senior Staff Meetings [Notes] (January 1981-March 1981)
Senior Staff Meetings [Notes] (April 1981)