This collection is available in whole for research use. Some folders may still have withdrawn material due to Freedom of Information Act restrictions. Most frequent withdrawn material is national security classified material, personal privacy, protection of the President, etc.


URSOMARSO, FRANK: Files, 1981 (3.1 l.ft.; Box 1-8)


Office of Communication, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications


Frank Ursomarso was appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications effective February 23, 1981.  He reported to David Gergen, who was Deputy to the Chief of Staff at the time.  Following the injury to Press Secretary James Brady in the assassination attempt on President Reagan, communications responsibilities were revamped and revised. David Gergen was named Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of the Office of Communications. This office then became an umbrella office covering the White House Press Office, Office of Communications (Public Affairs) and Speechwriting. With the revision, Ursomarso eventually resigned in September, 1981.


We have created this collection from Ursomarso material found within the collection of Michael Baroody.  Baroody had been Ursomarso’s assistant in Communications and eventually became the Director of the Office of Public Affairs. 


This collection is arranged in four series: SERIES I: Subject File; SERIES II: Calendars; SERIES III: Chronological File and SERIES IV: Personnel File.


SERIES I: SUBJECT FILE (2.5 l.ft; Box 1-7)


This series consists of material relating to agendas, background papers and minutes for Cabinet and Cabinet Council meetings for the first seven months of the Reagan administration; publications on the President’s new economic initiatives and first one hundred days in office; reports on debt collection, reports on fraud & waste, and reports on the President’s regulatory relief program; hand-written senior staff meeting notes; personnel recommendations and resumes; communication planning for selling the President’s economic program and for the Ottawa Summit in July 1981; and media briefings on the President’s economic program and social security commission findings.


SERIES II: CALENDARS (0.3 l.ft.; Box 7-8)

This series consists of material relating to event schedules for members of the Reagan administration including agency officials, Cabinet Secretaries and White House officials.  It is arranged by type of calendar and then chronologically.




This series consists of material relating to replies to job seekers; request for photos and autographs; cover memos for recommendations on communications; communication plans for the Ottawa Summit and tax relief efforts; and routine administrative requests regarding the Office of Communications.  It is arranged chronologically.


SERIES IV: PERSONNEL FILE (0.1 l.ft.; Box 8)


This series consists of material relating to personnel actions for the Office of Communications staff including resumes, actions to upgrade salaries or hourly information, invoices for part-time employees, financial disclosure reports, and applications for insurance.  It is arranged alphabetically by the employee’s last name.





          Box 1

          100 Days Project

          “Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 05/26/1981-06/04/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 06/05/1981-06/18/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 06/19/1981-06/30/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 07/01/1981-07/14/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 07/15/1981-07/23/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 07/24/1981-08/10/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 08/11/1981-08/19/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 08/20/1981-08/31/1981

“Afternoon Summary,” ICA, 09/01/1981-09/11/1981 

          American Council for Coordinated Action

          America’s New Beginning: A Program for Economic Reform, 02/18/1981

          Apathy and the Media – Kenneth Quade

          Fiscal Year 1982 Budget Revisions – March 1981

          Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Response to NRA

          A Business Perspective on Technological Innovation

          [Cabinet Information]

          [Cabinet Council Information]

          Cabinet Council on Commerce and Trade (1)


          Box 2

          Cabinet Council on Commerce and Trade (2)-(5)

          Cabinet Council on Economic Affairs (1)-(9)

          Cabinet Council on Food and Agriculture

          Cabinet Council on Resources and Environment (1)-(5)

          Capitol Hill - Magazine of the Republican National Club, Summer 1981

          Civil Service Retirement Claims – OPM News


          Box 3

          Communications – Administrative Support

          Computer Systems at the White House (1)-(4)

          Construction Equipment, September 1981 – [Reagan Interview]

          Correspondence (1)(2)

          Economic Program Communications Plan (1)-(4)

          Economic Summit, Ottawa, July 1981 (1)-(6)

Federalism (1)(2)


Box 4

          Invitations FAU (Frank A. Ursomarso) (1)-(5)

          Long Range Planning – Minutes, 03/18/1981

          Media Briefing 04/15/1981 (1)-(4)

          Media Master List 04/15/1981

          Media Master List 04/21/1981 (1)(2)

          [Media Briefing 07/22/1981] (1)(2)

          Office Report July 1981 (1)(2)

          Personnel – [Minorities]

Phil Donahue

Public Relations Society of America Conference 06/21/1981-06/23/1981

Radio Free Europe Research (1)(2)

Regulatory Reform Program (1)(2)


Box 5

Regulatory Reform Program (3)

          Report on Strengthening Federal Credit Management - Debt Collection Project – OMB,

                   January 1981

          Resumes – Recommendations, A-BAN

Resumes – Recommendations, BAO-BAR

Resumes – Recommendations, BAS-BZ

Resumes – Recommendations, C

Resumes – Recommendations, D

Resumes – Recommendations, E-G

Resumes – Recommendations, HA-HN

Resumes – Recommendations, HO-KH

          Resumes – Recommendations, KI-KZ

Resumes – Recommendations, LA-LN

Resumes – Recommendations, LO-LZ

          Resumes – Recommendations, M-MD

Resumes – Recommendations, ME-MZ


Box 6

Resumes – Recommendations, N-PE

Resumes – Recommendations, PF-RH

Resumes – Recommendations, RI-RO

          Resumes – Recommendations, RP-SN

Resumes – Recommendations, SO-V

Resumes – Recommendations, W-Z

Senior Staff Meetings Minutes (1)-(3)

          Social Security

          Social Security Associated Press Broadcasters Briefing 06/04/1981

          Talking Papers for Special Interest Groups

          Task Force on Stature and Role of Public Relations: Report and Recommendations

          Television Analysis (1)-(4)

          U.S. Grain Embargo

          University BookmanSpring 1981


          Box 7

          Ursomarso Resignation

          Warning Reports

          Waste, Fraud and Abuse (1)-(3)

          Weekly Updates, July 1981

          Weekly Updates, 08/10/1981

          Weekly Updates, 08/17/1981

          Weekly Updates, 08/24/1981



          Box 7, cont.

          Calendar – Communications & Outreach Events 05/04/1981-07/04/1981

          Calendar – Communications & Outreach Events 08/17/1981-10/10/1981

          Calendar – Selected Events - Week of 05/18/1981 & 05/25/1981

          Calendar – Selected Events – Week of 06/15/1981 & 06/29/1981 & 07/06/1981 &


          Calendar of Events – Week of 06/01/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 06/15/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 07/13/1981 & 07/27/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 08/03/1981 & 08/10/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 08/17/1981 & 08/24/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 08/31/1981 & 09/07/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 09/14/1981 & 09/21/1981

          Calendar of Events – Week of 09/27/1981 & 10/04/1981

          Calendar of Events – Management Summary Week of 07/27/1981-08/31/1981


          Box 8

          Calendar of Events – Management Summary Week of 09/07/1981-10/04/1981

          News Calendars – January 1981-04/11/1981

          News Calendars – 04/12/1981-May 1981

          News Calendars – June 1981-July 1981



          Box 8, cont.

          Chrons – March 1981 (1)(2)

          Chrons– April 1981 (1)(2)

          Chrons – May 1981 (1)(2)

          Chrons – June 1981 (1)(2)

          Chrons – July 1981 (1)(2)

          Chrons – August 1981



          Box 8, cont.

          Baroody, Mike

          Gleason, Barbara

          Graham, Anne

          Hoffman, Tricia

          Howell, Lugene

          Kazanjian, Dodie

          Lilly, Frank

          Lowe, Pamela

          Mahan, Jann

          Mongoven, John

          Pond, Judy

          Potter, Nanc

          Rizzuto, Christopher