The Reagan Presidential Library has a large audiovisual collection encompassing the two terms of Ronald Reagan's presidency and earlier career as well as many privately donated audiovisual collections.
White House Collections:
- Photographic Office
- Television Office
- Communications Office
- Office of Media Relations
- Office of Records Management Staff Exit Interviews
Privately Donated Photograph Collections:
Privately Donated Audiovisual Collections:
- General Electric Theater
- Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Audiotapes
- Bernie Linstrom
- Ronald Reagan Composite Collection of Audiovisual Material, 1940-2013
- C-SPAN Students and Leaders
- Ronald Reagan Library Oral History Collection
Videotape/Audiotape/Digital File Order Form (PDF File)
White House Photographic Office 1981-89 (circa 1,550,550 photos)
This collection consists of color and black and white photographs taken by White House Photographers. The photographs are arranged chronologically and document the daily activities of President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan. Included are trips to Rancho Del Cielo, Camp David, meetings and press briefings. The collection is covered by the Presidential Records Act. The entire collection has been processed and the majority of photographs are open for research. View select digitized images from the Photo collection.
White House Photograph Collection Contact Sheets:
1981 (11MB PDF file)
1982 (12MB PDF file)
1983 (13MB PDF file)
1984 (13MB PDF file)
1985 (10MB PDF file)
1986 (10MB PDF file)
1987 (10MB PDF file)
1988-89 (12MB PDF file)
White House Television Office (WHTV) videotapes: 1981-89 (6,750 items)
The WHTV film crews provided daily coverage of President Reagan's activities. This collection is arranged chronological and includes oval office visits, speeches, state visits, domestic trips and foreign trips and bill signings. A list of President Reagan's major speeches is available. This collection is in the public domain. The collection is covered by the Presidential Records Act but most tapes are open for research.
WHTV Collection Inventory
1981-89 (17MB PDF file)
White House Communications Agency (WHCA) videotapes: 1981-89 (6,917 items)
The WHCA collection consists of President Reagan's televised appearances on various networks. The videotapes are arranged chronologically and include speeches, press briefings and programs featuring President Reagan, Mrs. Reagan and White House staff; daily news reports from major news networks, Republican and Democratic National Conventions (1984 and 1988) and confirmation hearings. Viewing facilities are available at the Library and copies may be purchased. However, the majority of the collection is restricted by copyright.
White House Communications Agency (WHCA) audiotapes: 1981-89
(9,617 items) The WHCA collection is arranged chronologically and consists of President Reagan's speeches, press briefings and other public statements. Also included are separate, smaller collections of Nancy Reagan statements and White House Staff statements. This collections are in the public domain.
White House Office of Media Relations: 1981-1988 (487 items)
This collection consists of President Reagan's public service announcements (PSAs) and taped messages on various subjects from the Presidential years. Also, included are Nancy Reagan's PSAs, interviews of various people, news reports, documentaries and Presidential and staff press briefings. This collection is in the public domain. Inventory (125K PDF file).
White House Office of Records Management Staff Exit Interviews: 1981-1988 (422 items)
Untranscribed audio recordings of interviews with departing White House staff, conducted by staff of the White House Office of Records Management and National Archives staff detailed to the White House. Only selected interviews currently open for research. This collection is in the public domain. Inventory (PDF file).
Geri Bauer Photograph Collection: 1940-50s(92 items)
Black and white photographs of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at their Malibu Canyon Ranch, horseback riding and publicity photos. Selected images The collection is in the public domain. Inventory (47K file) .
Arthur Van Court Photograph Collection: 1967-69 (2,744 items)
Color, Black and white photographs and slides of Governor Ronald Reagan working at the State Capitol, giving speeches and with Nancy Reagan and staff. Also, Governor Reagan horseback riding, staff parties and golfing. View select digitized images from this collection. The collection is in the public domain. Inventory (228K PDF file).
Michael Evans Portrait Project Photograph Collection: 1981-84 (18,150 items)
Black and white photographs compiled for Michael Evans' photograph exhibit "Portrait Project" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1985 and the book "People and Power: Portraits from the Federal Village." The collection is in the public domain. Selected images Inventory (284K PDF file).
General Electric Theater: 1954-57 (46 items)
30 minute black and white television episodes, many of which include Ronald Reagan as narrator or actor. There are also several commercials that include the Reagan family. View collection's Inventory.
Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Audiotape Collection: 1965-74 (715 items)
Bernie Linstrom Audiovisual collection: 1981-85 (72 items)
President Reagan's filmed PSA messages for various organizations conducted at the White House from 1981-85. This collection is in the public domain. Inventory 53K (PDF file).
Ronald Reagan Composite Collection of Audiovisual Material: 1940-2013 (2,711 items)
This collection consists of donated items from various individuals and events recorded off the air by Library staff from 1989 to the present. It consists of speeches, television shows and documentaries, films, interviews, and photographs. Much of this material has copyright restrictions. Inventory (346k PDF file).
C-SPAN Students and Leaders (Close Up Foundation): 1981-83(55 items) Interviews with President Reagan and key officials of the Reagan Administration by High School students. Donated to the White House. Sponsored by C-SPAN Inventory (PDF file).
Ronald Reagan Library Oral History Collection, 2001-2004 (17 items)
Videotaped interviews conducted at the Reagan Presidential Library. Please note that the quality varies on some of the videotapes. Inventory (PDF file).
National Archives Collection of Records of Inaugural Committees (RG274) 1980-81, Audiovisual items Transferred from Textual Collection (8,266 items)
The collection consists of videotapes, audiotapes and photographs created by the 1981 Inaugural Committee in preparing for Ronald Reagan's 1981 Inauguration. This collection is in the public domain. Inventory (63K PDF file).
Donated and Miscellanious Collections
The other AV collections have been transferred from many sources: WHORM Alpha File, WHORM Subject File, Staff Member and Office Files and Personal Collections. The Library also has items stored under courtesy storage such as the 1980 and 1984 Campaign Collections and the Reagan Family Personal Photo Collection. No inventory available online.