Textual Documents Presidential records are arranged in three primary collections: the White House Office of Records Management (WHORM) Alphabetical File; the WHORM Subject File, and the White House Staff and Office Files.  A brief description of each of these collections follows. Please link to these collections for a fuller description. 


The Library also has a Bulk Mail collection and the Presidential Handwriting File. Bulk Mail information is not available online. The Presidential Handwriting File is treated as an individual office collection and finding aids can be found within the White House Staff and Office Files.


The Library also provides a complete description of all our holdings in the List of Holdings of the Presidential Records and Historical Materials of the Reagan Library.


White House Office of Records Management (WHORM) Alphabetical File, 1981-1989, 2,387 l.ft. This collection is commonly referred to as the “Alpha” File at the Reagan Library.  It consists of non-policy or non-action level correspondence sent to the White House and/or the President.


White House Office of Records Management (WHORM) Subject File, 1981-1989, 2,488 l.ft.  This collection consists of action or policy material organized into casefiles and given a subject heading by the Office of Records Management.


White House Staff and Office Files, 1981-1989, 8,595 l.ft. This collection consists of individual folders from White House offices and specific staff members who worked for the Reagan Administration. This includes the staff of the National Security Council and its offices.


Presidential records opened in response to Freedom of Information Act requests are also organized by a FOIA Topic Finding Aid.  Please see our FOIA information page for more information on filing a FOIA request.





Non-White House textual records consist of personal paper collections, California Gubernatorial Papers of Ronald Reagan, and a limited amount of federal records.


Reagan, Ronald: Governor's Papers, 1967-1975, 1,060 l.ft.  This collection consists of individual folders from offices and specific staff members who worked during Ronald Reagan’s two terms as governor of California . It also includes pre-1967 material, including the 1966 campaign for governor.


Personal Paper Collections, 1900-2005, 1,595 l.ft. These collections consist of papers donated to the Library by individuals with some connection to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, or Ronald Reagan’s various careers.  Included in this material are the 1976 and 1980 Reagan political campaigns; personal records both pre and post-presidential for Ronald Reagan; Nancy Reagan Papers; and 1980 Transition Material.


Federal Records, 1980-1989, 500 l.ft.  These collections consist of the 1981 & 1985 Inaugural Records, and various commissions, task forces, and boards conducted during the Reagan administration.