E. PENDLETON: Files, 1981-1982 – REAGAN LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
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JAMES, E. PENDLETON: Files, 1981-1982
Presidential Personnel, Office of: Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel
in 1929, E. Pendleton James grew up in rural
In November 1979, Ronald Reagan publicly announced his candidacy for President in 1980. That same month James met with Edwin Meese III, a longtime friend and a senior Reagan advisor, about the staffing of a future Reagan Administration. During the 1980 campaign, James worked for the Reagan campaign organization as head of the Reagan-Bush Planning Task Force. The Task Force decided which appointed positions should be filled first if Reagan became President, drafted lists of candidates, and made initial contact with the candidates, all while avoiding media attention. After Reagan won the election, James continued working for him, as Director of Presidential Personnel in the Office of the President-Elect.
When Reagan assumed the Presidency in January 1981, James became head of the Office of Presidential Personnel. James continued to oversee the recruiting of people with proven commitment to Reagan’s ideas and high competency, as he had during the campaign and transition periods. He deflected criticism from those who thought he was wrongly downplaying longtime loyalty to Reagan, including past work on Reagan political campaigns, as a factor in filling positions.
James left the Reagan White House in August 1982, he moved to
The material currently in the Pendleton James collection consists largely of folders pertaining to his speaking engagements with outside organizations. These folders include travel and conference schedules, invitations, talking points, and routine travel documents. In addition, there are some folders of articles and speech texts. While the material does not directly document James’ work as head of the Office of Presidential Personnel, it does contain descriptions of his White House role. There are no files from James’ work in the 1980 Reagan campaign or 1980-81 transition.
The Library has not surveyed the entire Presidential Personnel material to determine if there will be additional material for the Pendleton James collection. We may add more material at a later date.
EPJ/Article for Business Week, “Ethics in Government Act”
EPJ/Speaking Engagements Regrets
Center for Study of the Presidency
Business Council, The
– Government Relations Council, The White House –
Chairman and CEO Business Group, Purchase, NY, (Dudley Mecum/Richard Rosenthal),
Electric Institute Breakfast,
Statesmen Foundation, EOB,
Roundtable, Roosevelt Room,
American Political Science
International Oil Industry TBA Group
[Management Resources and Organization Committee of the National Foreign Trade
The Business Council, The
Young President’s Organization/Annual Southern Conference, Las Vegas, NV,
NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration),
Sub-Cabinet Seminar in Professional Public Management, 01/15/1982-01/16/1982
and Detergent Association,
Industries Association – Human Resources Council,
of the Pacific –
in Government – Third Annual Conference,
Speech File (1)-(6)