This collection consists of personal papers donated to the Reagan Presidential Library.  It has been reviewed by the Reagan Library staff and it is available for research.  You may access this collection in our research room.


CLOTWORTY, WILLIAM C.: Papers, 1954-2002


Biographical Note


William Clotworthy had a long and distinguished career in advertising and television broadcasting.  In 1954, he was working at a firm that represented General Electric Theater.  His duties include writing and producing the introductions for each program performed by the host, Ronald Reagan.  This began a long friendship between the two men.


Scope and Content


The William Clotworthy collection consists of correspondence between Clotworthy and the Reagans; a listing of GE Theater broadcasts that includes the writers, directors, and lead actors of each show; photographs of the broadcast “Shadow of a Hero” in which Reagan appeared; phonograph albums; and an oral history interview with William Clotworthy conducted at the Reagan Library on August 24, 2004.




Box 1

Letters - Clotworthy to Ronald Reagan

Letters from Ronald Reagan to Clotworthy

Letter - Nancy Reagan

Correspondence (1)(2)

The General Electric Theater - Program Talent Guide - 1954-1962

“Shadow of a Hero” - G.E. Theater Photographs

“The Disordered Memories of a Movie Actor” by Lawrence Williams


The following materials are stored in the Audio/Visual collection for preservation:

Phonograph album “Themes from GE Theater”

Phonograph album “No Man Can Tame Me”

Oral History Interview of William Clotworthy, 08/24/2004