WHITE HOUSE OFFICES

 

White House offices are described below.  We have provided information on the offices in the Reagan White House and listed the collections that came from each office.  For various reasons, the staff collection titles do not include many names that would appear in a roster of office personnel.  Offices would often incorporate the files of a staff member into the files of a successor or a more senior colleague.  Some record systems, such as the records of the White House Curator and the White House Usher, stay in the White House complex from one President to the next. The National Security Council also retained some NSC records, known as "institutional" records, into the next Administration.

 

Administrative Office, White House (White House Operations)

This office was responsible for the administrative affairs for the White House and the White House staff.  Throughout most of the administration the Head of Operations was also the Director of the Office of Administration – a federal agency working at the White House. Therefore, some federal records are intermixed with presidential records in these collections.  See White House Operations for collections for the head of this office and the Office of Administration federal records for material on the dual functions of the Director of each of these offices.

   See collection entries for


Administration

Finance

Personnel

Purchasing

Travel


 


Advance, Office of Presidential

This office was responsible for the logistical planning and coordination, including onsite arrangements, of the President’s domestic and international trips.

   See collection entries for:


   Advance, Office of Presidential

   Advance, Office of Presidential

      Events and Briefing Books

   Advance, Office of Presidential:

     Photo File

   Advance, Office of

     Presidential Site Surveys

   and Misc. Material

Advance, Office of 

   Presidential: Trip File  

Brennan, Joseph

Henkel, William

Hildebrand, Joanne

Hooley, James

Oldham, Jennifer

O’Neill, Paul

Prince, Stephanie

Richter, Betty

Schmidt, Robert

Skidmore, Mary Lou


 

African Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   African Affairs

   Directorate, NSC

   Cohen, Herman J.

   Ringdahl, Philip

   Rosenberg, Alison P.

   Soos, Helen

   Wettering, Fred


  

Appointments and Scheduling, White House Office of

The office received and coordinated requests for the President’s time, helped prioritize the President’s time, and developed the President’s daily and monthly schedules. 

   See collection entries for


Appointments and Scheduling, WHO of

   Ryan, Fred


 

Arms Control Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Brooks, Linton F.

   Heiser, G. William

   Linhard, Robert E.

   Mahley, Donald A.

   Steiner, Steven S.

   Tobey, William H.


 

Asian Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

In 1983, the NSC reorganized and created five geographical directorates from the old Political Affairs Office.  The Asian Affairs Directorate was one of the five geographical directorates created.  For further information on this geographical region for the first administration only, please see the Executive Secretariat, NSC: Country Files (Far East).  

   See collection entries for


   Asian Affairs

   Directorate, NSC                                NSC

   Childress, Richard T.

   Kelly, James A.

   Laux, David N.

   Paal, Douglas H.

   Sigur, Gaston J.


 

Cabinet Affairs, White House Office of

The Office of Cabinet Affairs created the working logistics for President Reagan’s belief in “cabinet” style government.  The Office of Cabinet Affairs acted as the liaison and facilitator between various agencies and the White House. In the first administration, the office was heavily involved in making the seven cabinet councils work - scheduling meetings, pursuing action plans, and so forth.  In conjunction with the Counsellor to the President’s office, Cabinet Affairs created a detailed tracking system for issues before the Cabinet and the various Cabinet Councils. These issues were marked as "CM-#" and you will find frequent reference to this tracking system within the records of the Office of Cabinet Affairs and the Counsellor to the President. While Cabinet Affairs handled the Cabinet issue tracking and worked with agencies, the actual Cabinet Council secretaries were from the Office of Policy Development.

 

During the second administration, the Councils were reduced to two - the Domestic Policy Council and the Economic Policy Council - and were an actual part of the Cabinet Affairs office. In early 1985, the head of this office was renamed the Cabinet Secretary.  There are no actual records for an Office of the Cabinet Secretary - just material for the individuals with this title, Al Kingon and Nancy Risque.


See collection entries for:


Cabinet Affairs, WHO of

   Clarey, Donald

   Davis, Richard A.

   Dunlop, Becky Norton

   Faoro, Patsy

   Fuller, Craig

   Gibson, Thomas

   Hall, John

   Hauptli, Todd

Herbolsheimer, Lawrence

Hodapp, Nancy “Missy”

   Kuttner, Hanns

   Neuman, David

   Preston, Edward F.

   Stucky, Edward


 

Cabinet Council On Economic Affairs

   See collection entry for

   Cabinet Council on Economic Affairs

 

Cabinet Secretary

   See collection entries for


   Kingon, Alfred

   Risque, Nancy


 

Chief of Staff, White House Office of the

Considered by many to be the most powerful position in a modern White House, the Chief of Staff during the Reagan administration acted as a close advisor to the President and was responsible for the smooth operation of the White House. During the first administration, Chief of Staff James A. Baker was part of a senior staff triumvirate with the Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver and the Counsellor to the President Edwin Meese. This group came to be known as “the Troika.” In the second administration, Donald T. Regan (1985-87), Howard H. Baker (1987-88), and Kenneth Duberstein (1988-89) served as Chief of Staff.

   See collection entries for


   Baker, Howard H., Jr.

   Baker, James A.

   Cicconi, James

   Crippen, Daniel L.

   Darman, Richard

   Dawson, Thomas C.

   Duberstein, Kenneth

Hodsoll, Francis (Frank)

   Oglesby, M.B.

   Regan, Donald

   Thomas W. Dennis

   Tuck, John C.

   Tutwiler, Margaret


 

Communications, White House Office of

This office was largely an umbrella White House office over the offices of speechwriting, media relations, public affairs, public liaison, and the press office, although the mix varied somewhat during the eight years of the Reagan presidency. The primary function of this office was to ensure that the White House staff was consistent in dealing with the media, and that the White House had a focused message. From January 1984 to February 1985 the Communications office was downgraded to a unit within the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, allowing Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver direct oversight of communications during the 1984 campaign season.

   See collection entries for


   Bailey, Pamela

   Bistany, Joanna

   Buchanan, Patrick

Communications, WHO of

   Gergen, David

   Griscom, Thomas C.

   Maseng, Mari

   Olsen, Karen

   Reid, Kathleen


 

Consumer Affairs, White House Office of

This office advised the President on a wide variety of consumer-related issues. Virginia Knauer, the chief White House consumer advisor for Presidents Nixon and Ford (1969-1977), performed this same role for President Reagan. From 1981 to 1983 she worked within the White House Office of Public Liaison, and dealt with public liaison outreach in addition to consumer issues. After Elizabeth Dole resigned as director of the Public Liaison Office in 1983, Consumer Affairs was upgraded to a separate White House office headed by Knauer. Knauer also served as Director of the US Office of Consumer Affairs, a unit within the Department of Health and Human Services.

   See collection entry for

   Knauer, Virginia

 

Coordination Office, National Security Council

This office primarily provided planning and coordination assistance to the President for head of state and foreign official visits, as well as other international meetings in which the President participated.

   See collection entries for


Coordination Office, NSC

   Deal, Timothy

   Tyson, Charles P


.

Correspondence, Office of White House

This office coordinated the distribution of incoming mail to the White House, and in many cases the Correspondence Office staff also prepared and sent responses.  The Correspondence Office also included the Volunteer and Comment Office, which received public opinion mail and calls, and received and sent out numerous personal greetings on behalf of the President on occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. 

   See collection entries for


   Anderson, Robert  B.

   Batten, Michael

   Bell, Lillie

Correspondence, WHO of

Correspondence, WHO of:

   DeCain, Joan

   Dehart, Linda

   Donovan, Charles A.

   Higgins, Anne

   Hudson, Maureen

   Ingals, Mary

   Kelley, Sally

   Miller, Amy

   Theis, Nancy

Tobin, Loesje (Edward)


      Proclamations

 

Council of Economic Advisers

The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) was established by law in 1946, to brief the President on overall economic policy objectives and policy issues. The CEA also prepares an annual economic report to the President and an Economic Report of the President for submission to Congress.  During the Reagan administration, the CEA chaired an interagency forecasting group that included the Treasury and OMB for developing economic projections.

See collection entries for


   Burnham, James

   Carliner, Geoffrey

   Council of Economic                      

   Advisers, CEA: Staff                       CEA: Staff Economist’s Files

   Feldstein, Martin

   Hemel, Eric L.

   Jordan, Jerry

   Moore, Thomas

   Mussa, Michael

   Niskanen, William

   Poole, William

   Sprinkel, Beryl

   Weidenbaum, Murray



 

Counsel to the President, Office of

This office provided legal advice to the President and White House staff.  The Counsel staff advised the President and White House staff on a wide variety of issues, including constitutional and administrative powers and duties of the President, legislation, judicial appointments, and regulatory issues.  It also coordinated the screening of Presidential appointees and White House staff for security and potential conflict of interest problems. The Counsel staff was responsible for gathering material in response to Independent Counsel requests for documents for investigations. 

   See collection entries for


   Astrue, Michael

   Boggs, Paula

   Bolton, John

   Brady, Phillip D.

   Bryan, Patricia Mack

   Cohen, Ben

   Cooksey, Sherrie

Counsel to the President:

   Office of the

Cox, C. Christopher

Culvahouse, Arthur

Counsel to the

President, Office of the:

   Appointee File

Counsel to the President,     

   Office of the:

   Investigation File

Counsel to the President,

   Office of the:

   Judicial Selection 

   File

Dannehauer, Jane                                           Dannenhauer, Jane

   Duke, Meg Shields

   Erickson, Jack

   Fielding, Fred

   Finan, Nancy Scott

   Fitzsimmons, John

Garrett, H. Lawrence

Goldfield, H. P.

Hauser, Richard

Hewitt, Hugh

Hicks, Christopher

Holland, Dianna G.

Jameson, W. George

Janes, Nancy

Keisler, Peter D.

Koch, Kathleen D.

Kruger, Robert

Landers, Bill

Lawton, Mary

Luttig, J. Michael

Masterman, Vicki

McGrath, C. Dean

Nolan, David

Owens, Deborah

Raul, Alan Charles

Roberts, John G.

Rusthoven, Peter J.

Shepherd, J. Michael

Stephens, Jay B.

Waller, David

Wallison, Peter

White House Legal Task

    Force

Willkie, Wendell

Wilson, D. Edward


 

Counsellor to the President, Office of the

“Counsellor to the President” was the title given to Edwin Meese, one of the President’s top advisers during the first Administration, and a long-time Reagan supporter and advisor.  Mr. Meese coordinated and developed domestic policy issues and programs, although foreign and defense policy issues were also a focus during the first year of the Administration. Mr. Meese was familiar with the President’s style of government and system of management from experience as Governor Reagan’s chief of staff in California.  The management of cabinet communication and coordination was part of his office function during the first year of the administration, and his office remained heavily involved with the Office of Cabinet Affairs and the Cabinet Council system.  The collections for this office are for his direct staff and cover the first administration only.  In early 1985, Mr. Meese left the White House to become Attorney General of the United States.

   See collection entries for


   Cribb, T. Kenneth

   Garrick, Robert

   Hearn, Roger

   Jenkins, Jim

   Meese, Edwin III


 

Counterterrorism and Narcotics, National Security Council Office of

   See collection entries for


   Counterterrorism and 

   Narcotics, NSC Office of

Coy, Craig

Earl, Robert

North, Oliver L.


 


Crisis Management Center (CMC), National Security Council

An outgrowth of NSDD-3, which established a NSC structure for managing national security crisis's, the Crisis Management Center (CMC) was set up in the first Administration and disbanded in early 1987. As described by Robert McFarlane, the CMC was designed to "conduct pre-crisis collection and analysis of information about likely crisis areas in an effort to anticipate events and to provide extensive background information to decision makers as a crisis preventive."

   See collection entries for


   Beal, Richard

Crisis Management Center,

    NSC                                             NSC

   McDaniel, Rodney B.

   Morton, Elaine L.


 

Defense Policy Directorate (including Defense Policy Planning staff), NSC

   See collection entries for


   Cockell, William A.

   Donley, Michael B.

   Douglass, John W.

   Dur, Philip A.

   Ebner, Eugene

   Gold, Sydell P.

   Grant, William J.

   Grimes, John G.

   Helm, Robert W.

   Kissell, Kenneth A.

   Kraemer, Sven F.

   Levine, Richard B.

   Linhard, Robert E.

   Miskel, James F.

   Myer, Allen A.

   North, Oliver L.

   Pollock, Raymond

   Russell, Horace L.

Shoemaker, Christopher C.

   Snider, Donald M.


 

Defense Programs and Arms Control Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Brooks, Linton F.

   Donley, Michael B.

   Douglass, John W.

   Grimes, John G.

   Helm, Robert W.

   Kraemer, Sven F.

   Lehman, Ronald F.

   Levin, Richard B.

   Linhard, Robert E.

   Mahley, Donald A.

   Myer, Allen A.

   Pollock, Raymond

   Russell, Horace L.

   Steiner, Steven S.

   Wood, J. Robert

   Wright, William H.


 

Deputy Chief of Staff, White House Office of the

The White House had a deputy chief of staff position throughout the administration. The Deputy Chief had a separate office and staff only when Michael Deaver held the post of Deputy Chief of Staff from 1981 to 1985. Mr. Deaver was a long-time associate and advisor to the President and Mrs. Reagan. He formed part of the "ruling troika” with Edwin Meese and James Baker during the first administration. Deaver had general oversight of scheduling, travel, and communications, and maintained close contact with the Office of the First Lady and the Military Office.

 

The United States hosted the 1983 Summit of Industrialized Nations (aka the Williamsburg Summit or the 1983 G-7 Summit). Coordination and planning for this event was conducted out of the Deputy Chief of Staff’s office with Michael McManus serving as the administrator of this event. We have created a separate collection for the Williamsburg Summit under the Summit of Industrialized Nations. Also see the Advance Office and the White House Press Office for further records on this event. 

 

 The following collections are for the first administration only.

   See collection entries for


   Canzeri, Joseph

   Deaver, Michael

           

Hill, Kenneth John McManus, Michael A., Jr.

  

    Sittman, William


Domestic Affairs, White House Office of

   See collection entries for


   Cribb, T. Kenneth

   Crippen, Dan L.   

  

Dorminey, A. Blair

 

           

McIntosh, David M.

 


Domestic Policy Council

Established in April of 1985, the DPC facilitated the development of the Administration’s domestic policy initiatives.  Along with Economic Policy Council (EPC), the DPC replaced the seven cabinet councils that functioned during the first Administration.  The DPC was composed of the attorney general (who served as chairman pro tempore); the secretaries of the Interior, Health and Human Ser.vices, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, and Education; and the director of the OMB.

   See collection entries for


   Bledsoe, Ralph

   Johnson, Robert

   Sweet, Robert

   Walters, Raymond


 


Drug Abuse Policy Office, White House


Established in the first Administration, and operating within the Office of Policy Development, the Drug Abuse Policy Office coordinated the development and implementation of Administration policy on drug abuse


See collection entries for             Daolas, Sue

Drug Abuse Policy Office,   

   WH

 

 

Lumpkins, Sharyn MacDonald, Ian

Romano, Neil

 

 

Turner, Carlton                                  

Williams, Richard

 


Economic Policy Council

Established early in the second Administration, the EPC facilitated the development of the Administration’s economic policy.  The EPC, along with the Domestic Policy Council (DPC), replaced the system of seven cabinet councils which functioned during the first Administration. The EPC consisted of the Secretary of the Treasury (who served as Chairman); the Secretaries of State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor; the Director of the OMB; the U.S. Trade Representative; the Chairman of the CEA; the Vice President; and the Chief of Staff to the President.

   See collection entries for


    Economic Policy Council

    McAllister, Eugene J.

McCaffrey, Shellyn

Tracy, Alan T.


 


European and Soviet Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

In 1983, the NSC reorganized and created five geographical directorates from the old Political Affairs Office.  The European and Soviet Affairs Directorate was one of the five geographical directorates created.  For further information on this geographical region for the first administration only, please see the Executive Secretariat, NSC: Country Files (Europe and the Soviet Union).


See collection entries for:


   Cobb, Tyrus

   Dobriansky, Paula J.

   Ermarth, Fritz W.

   European and Soviet

    Affairs Directorate, NSC

Jameson, Lisa R.

Ledsky, Nelson C.

Lenczowski, John

Matlock, Jack F.

Perina, Rudolf V.

Rentschler, James M.

Sommer, Peter R.

Vail, Joan R.


 


Executive Secretariat, National Security Council Office of the

The Executive Secretariat acts as a conduit for communication and coordination amongst agencies, and assists with internal NSC record keeping.  There are 18 series within the Secretariat office records for various groupings of records such as country files, subject files, meeting files, etc. Please see the specific collection listing for these series.  Record keeping practices at the NSC varied greatly during the first and second Reagan administrations. This is further complicated by numerous office reorganizations - see specific collection and series descriptions for more details on these changes.

 

The director of the Secretariat, a legislated position, has the title "Executive Secretary."  The first National Security Advisor - Richard Allen - changed this title to "Staff Secretary."  It was changed back to Executive Secretary after he left.  The following individuals were the Executive Secretaries for the National Security Council during the Reagan administration: Allen Lenz, Michael Wheeler, Robert M. Kimmitt, William F. Martin, Rodney McDaniel, and Paul Schott Stevens.

See collection entries for:


Executive Secretariat, NSC

   Kimmitt, Robert M.

   Lenz, Allen J.

   Luhn, Christina

   Martin, William F.

McDaniel, Rodney B.

Miller, Jonathan S.

Morris, Richard C.

Neil, Elise

Pearson, W. Robert

Stearman, William L.

Stevens, Paul Schott

Thompson, Paul B.

Wheeler, Michael O.



First Lady, Office of the

This office provided administrative support for the various functions and program

initiatives of the First Lady.

   See collection entries for


Balfour, Deborah

   Barun, Kenneth

   Crispin, Elaine

   Erkenbeck, Jane

   First Lady, Office of the

   First Lady, Office of the

     Advance Office

First Lady, Office of the

  Press Office

First Lady, Office of the

  Projects Office

Hansen, Joanne

McCoy, Peter

Rosebush, James

Schaben, Betsy

Tate, Sheila

Verstandig, Lee

Wormser, Nina

Wrobleski, Anne


 


Information Policy and Security Review, National Security Council Office of

   See collection entry for

   Reger, Brenda S.


 


Intelligence Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Cannistraro, Vincent M.

   Collins, James F.

deGraffenreid,                              Kenneth E.

Dornan, Diane S.

Godson, Roy

Gregg, Donald P.

Intelligence Directorate, 

       NSC

   Kimberling, Michael

   Major, David G.

   Raymond, Walter


 

 


Interagency Low Income Opportunity Advisory Board

Operating within the Office of Policy Development, the ILIOAB explored and developed policy options for improving the economic situation of low income Americans. Its staff focused on welfare reform.

   See collection entries for


   Germanis, Peter

   Hobbs, Charles

 


Interagency Low Income  

  Opportunity Advisory Board

 


Intergovernmental Affairs, White House Office of

This office provided communication between the White House and state, county, municipal and local governments.  With the emphasis of the Reagan Administration on “federalism,” this office was somewhat larger than in previous administrations. In the second administration, this office handled many of the duties previously handled by the Political Affairs Office.

   See collection entries for


   Alvarado, Ron

   Bach, Christina

   Black, Judy

   Card, Andrew

   Carpenter, Jane

   Daniels, Mitch

   Donatelli, Frank

   Hawley, Edward (Kip)

   Howlett, C.A.

   Intergovernmental

     Affairs,

       WHO of

   King, Gwen

   Lauffer, Susan

   McMaster, Margaret

   Medas, Jim

   Meeker, Jennifer

   Miller, Linda

   Moore, Dian

   Neal, Rick

   Parke, Kathleen

   Peachee, Judy

   Pinkerton, Jim

   Rairdin, Kae

   Redington, Mary

   Rhodes, Steve

   Richie, Sharon

   Spencer, Karen

   Spencer, Susan

   Verstandig, Lee

   Williamson, Richard


 

International Communications and Information Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Castine, Michael P.

   Lord, Carnes R.

   Mandel, Judyt E.

   Menges, Constantine

   Raymond, Walter

   Steiner, Steven S.


 

International Economic Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


Bailey, Norman A.

Bonk, Benny L.

Danzansky, Stephen

Farrar, Stephen P.

International Economic Affairs Directorate, NSC

Levine Richard B.

International

Martin, William F.

McMinn, Douglas W.

Melby, Eric D.

Platt, Alexander H.

Pugliaressi, Lucian S.

Robinson, Roger W.

Seiber, Marilyn J.

Tarbell, David S.

Wigg, David C.


 

 


International Programs and Technology Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Bemis, Robert C.

   Cobb, Tyrus

   Curtin, Jeremy

Dean, Robert

Pugliaressi, Lucian S.

Saunders, Richard M.

Tice, Donald C.


 

Latin American Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

In 1983, the NSC reorganized and created five geographical directorates from the old Political Affairs Office.  The Latin American Affairs Directorate was one of the five geographical directorates created.  For further information on this geographical region for the first administration only, please see the Executive Secretariat, NSC: Country Files (Latin America [old name- Inter-American Affairs]).

   See collection entries for


    Flower, Ludlow "Kim"

    Fontaine, Roger W.

    Klissas, Nick

    Latin American Affairs           

      Directorate, NSC

Menges, Constantine C.

Pastorino, Robert S.

Sapia-Bosch, Alphonso F.         

Tillman, Jacqueline        

Vail, Joan R.


Legal Advisor Office, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Green, Grant S.

   Kimmitt, Robert M.

   Legal Advisor Office, NSC

   Levin, Daniel

   Lilac, Robert H.

   Rostow, Nicholas

   Scharfen, Jonathan R.

   Sommer, Peter


  


Legislative Affairs, White House Office of

This office handled White House liaison with members of Congress on a wide variety of topics, including pending legislation and Presidential appointments.  The office also assisted members of Congress with photo opportunities and constituent service.  The office was organized along Congressional lines, divided into Senate and House staffs.  The office was further organized by separate Congresses - 97th Congress (1981-1983) through 100th Congress (1987-89).

     See collection entries for


     Addington, David

     Ball, William

     Bockorny, David

     Cooksey, Sherrie

     Donnelly, Thomas P.

     Dorn, Nancy

     Drew, Edie

     Duberstein, Kenneth

     Dyer, James W.

     Frazier, Fran

     Friedersdorf, Max

     Gandy, Henry

Greener, Chuck

Harlow, Bryce Larry

Kabel, Robert

Kennedy, Nancy

Kranowitz, Alan

Legislative Affairs, WHO of

McClure, Frederick

McKiernan, Gerald

Moore, Powell

Oglesby, M. B.

Palmer, Nancy

Prendergast, Richard

Risque, Nancy

Royal, Debra Kopko

Sable, Ronald

Scruggs, John

Stone, Jay

Swanson, David

Thomas, W. Dennis

Turner, Pamela

Withey, Lyn

Wright, David


    


Legislative Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


    Andricos, George "Mike"

    Fortier, Alison B.

Lehman, Christopher M.

Matthews, David J.

Sable, Ronald K.

Thompson, Paul B.


 

Media and Broadcast Relations, White House Office of

   See collection entries for


    Bacarisse, Charles E.

    Board, Elizabeth

Peschong, John

Rhoden, Caroline


 

Media Relations, White House Office of

   See collection entries for


   Abdoo, Terry

   Mahan-Duvall, Janice

   Media Relations, WHO of

   Small-Stringer, Karna

   Wimmer, Carolyn


 

National Security Affairs, Office of the Assistant to the President for

The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs was the principal national security adviser to the President, and staff director of the National Security Council.  Six men held this position during the Reagan Administration:  Richard Allen (1981-82), William Clark (1982-83),

Robert "Bud" McFarlane (1983-85), John Poindexter (1985-86), Frank Carlucci (1986-87), and Colin Powell (1987-89). 


    See collection entries for


    Allen, Richard V.

    Carlucci, Frank C.

    Clark, William P.

    Colson, Janet

    Fortier, Donald R.
    Keel, Alton G.

   McFarlane, Robert C. "Bud"

   Nance, James W.

   National Security Affairs,        

   Office of Assistant to the

   President for

Odum, William E.

Poindexter, John

Powell, Colin L.

Reed, Thomas C.

Rodman, Peter W.


 

Near East and South Asia Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

In 1983, the NSC reorganized and created five geographical directorates from the old Political Affairs Office.  The Near East and South Asia Affairs Directorate was one of the five geographical directorates created.  For further information on this geographical region for the first administration only, please see the Executive Secretariat, NSC: Country Files (Near East and South Asia).

   See collection entries for


Burns, William J.

Kemp, Geoffrey T.H.

Lazan, Michael

Near East and South Asia

   Affairs Directorate, NSC

Oakley, Robert B.

Putignano, Patrick A.

Ross, Dennis B.

Tahir-Kheli, Shirin R.

Teicher, Howard J.


 

News Summary Office, White House

   See collection entries for

   News Summary Office, WH

 

Operations, White House

During the second administration this office assumed the control of paper to the President that had been handled by Richard Darman and the Chief of Staff’s office in the first administration. Mr. Chew and Mr. Dawson reported directly to Donald Regan.   Generally the head of this office simultaneously served as head of White House Office of Administration, but this was not so when Mr. Chew and Mr. Dawson held the post.

   See collection entries for


    Chew, David

            Dawson, Rhett

            O’Donnell, Claire


 

Permanent Operating Offices in the White House Complex

These permanent offices within the White House, staffed primarily with career professional staff, carried out administrative support functions for the President and White House policy staff from one President to the next.  These offices retained many of their records into the following administration, but they also transferred some materials to the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of the Reagan administration.

   See collection entries for


Executive Clerk, WHO of the

Executive Clerk, WHO of the:

Bill Reports

Evans, Michael

Gift Unit, WH

Library, WH

Military Office, WH

Photographic Office, WH

Post Office, WH

Records Management, WHO

Shaddix, Billie

Situation Room Support

   Staff, WH

Travel and Telegraph Office,

    WH

United States Secret Service

 


 

Planning and Evaluation, White House Office of

   See collection entries for


    Beal, Richard S.

    Blankley, Anthony

Bledsoe, Ralph C.

Chapman, Bruce

Flick, Rachael

Sullivan, Lisa


 

Planning and Evaluation Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


    Bailey, Norman A.

    Guhin, Michael A.

    Lord, Carnes R.

Manfredi, Arthur A.

Martin, William F.

McMinn, Douglas W.

Nau, Henry R.

Robinson, Roger W.

Weiss, Gus W.


 

Policy Development, Office of

Established in 1974 as the Domestic Council Staff, the Office of Policy Development (OPD, renamed in 1981) supported the formulation, coordination and implementation of domestic and economic policies.  This office worked closely with the Office of Management and Budget, the seven cabinet councils during the first Administration, and the White House Domestic and Economic policy councils during the second Administration.  Staff members were frequently the official "secretaries" for the first Administration cabinet councils.  For a brief time in 1982, the staff was subdivided into the Office of Policy Development and the Office of Policy Information.  We have not made a separate office listing for the Office of Policy Information.

   See collection entries for


   Anderson, Martin

   Bandow, Doug

   Barr, William

   Bauer, Gary

   Bauman, Genie

   Blankley, Anthony

   Bledsoe, Ralph C.

   Boggs, Danny

   Bradley, Melvin

   Carleson, Robert

   Chao, Elaine

   Danzansky, Stephen

   Davis, Randall

   Driggs, Michael

   Fairbanks, Shannon (Ann)

   Ferrara, Peter

   Frankum, Ron

   Galebach, Stephen

  Garfinkel, Eric

  Gray, Ed

       Gunn, Wendell

   Harper, Edwin

   Hemel, Eric

   Hines, Pat

   Hobbs, Charles

   Honegger, Barbara

   Hopkins, Kevin

   Jacobson, James B.

   Johnston, Judy

   Kemp, Judith

   Klenk, John

   Kroeger, Beverly

   Leonard, Burleigh

   Li, Lehman

   Mares, Jan

   McAllister, Eugene

   McCaffrey, Shellyn

   McClaughry, John

   Montoya, Velma

   Policy Development,

        Office of

   Porter, Roger

   Roper, William

   Selby, Beverly

   Simmons, Paul

   Smith, Dan

   Smith, Martin

   Solon, Carol Hornby

   Svahn, Jack

   Sweet, Robert

   Uhlmann, Michael

   Warner, James

 


 

Policy Development, National Security Council Office of

   See collection entries for


    Dorminey, A. Blair

    Fortier, Donald R.

Herbst, John E.

Levine, Richard B.

Sestanovich, Stephen R.


 

Political Affairs, White House Office of

The office assisted the President in the planning and coordination of his political activities as the leader of the Republican Party, including fund raisers and campaign support for Republican candidates. It enjoyed a high profile during most of the first Administration, as it focused on the President’s re-election. The Political Affairs office was disbanded in August 1983, with much of its staff leaving the White House for positions in the President’s 1984 re-election campaign.   During the campaign, Margaret Tutwiler (from the Office of the Chief of Staff) handled most political affairs issues within the White House, with Michael McManus (Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff) and Kenneth Duberstein (Office of Legislative Affairs) also handling some.

 

For most of the second Administration, the Political Affairs office took a lower profile, as a unit within the Office of Political and Intergovernmental Affairs (see the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs).

   See collection entries for


   Atwater, Lee

   Donatelli, Frank

   Lacy, William

   Lauffer, Susan


Lavin, Frank

Lord, Jeffrey

Nofziger, Lyn

Political Affairs, WHO of

 


Richardson, Anne

Rollins, Edward

Tutwiler, Margaret

 


Political Affairs Directorate, National Security Council  

The Political Affairs office of the NSC was the umbrella grouping for all of the offices at the National Security Council organized by geographic regions of the world. (Africa; East Asia and Pacific; Inter-American; Near East and South Asia; Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; Western Europe)   In 1983, in an effort to more closely reflect the State Department structure, the NSC reorganized and created five geographical directorates from the old Political Affairs Office : African Affairs Directorate, Asia Affairs Directorate (formally East Asia and Pacific Affairs), Latin American Affairs Directorate (formally Inter-American Affairs), Near East and South Asia Affairs Directorate and European and Soviet Affairs Directorate  [including Canada] (combination of former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Western Europe).   We have not divided staff material between these two structures.   For example, Dennis Blair started in the Western Europe office and became part of the new European and Soviet Affairs Directorate.  He is listed in both offices as are the majority of the staff members listed here.

    See collection entries for


    Childress, Richard T.

    Dobriansky, Paula J.

    Feith, Douglas J.

    Fontaine, Roger W.

    Fortier, Donald R.

    Kemp, Geoffrey T.H.

Laux, David N.

Lenczowski, John

Lilley, James

Pipes, Richard

Rentschler, James M.

Sapia-Bosch, Alphonso F.

Sigur, Gaston J.

Tanter, Raymond          

Teicher, Howard J.

Wettering, Fred


 

Political and Military Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for:


    Childress, Richard T.

    Dur, Philip A.

    Fortier, Donald R.

    Lilac, Robert H.

North, Oliver L.

Saunders, Richard M.    

Sestanovich, Stephen R.           

Stark, James R.

Tahir-Kheli, Shirin R.

Teicher, Howard J.


 

President, Office of the

   See collection entries for


    Church, Misty

    Osborne, Kathleen

President, Office of the

Reagan, Ronald


 

Presidential Diary, Office of the

This office, located within the Appointments and Scheduling Office, prepared detailed accounts of the President’s daily schedule and appointments. Compiled by a staff member of the National Archives and Records Administration, usually weeks after the event, the Presidential Diary included an automated version within the STAIRS program, and a textual version in a standardized format.

   See collection entries for


McCathran, Ellen

Presidential Diary, Office of

Presidential Diary, Office of

  the: Diarist Working Files


 

Presidential Personnel, Office of

The office served as the primary clearing house for presidential appointments to over twenty-seven hundred Executive and Judicial Branch positions.  The office located potential appointees, checked on  professional qualifications and degree of support for the President’s objectives, conducted interviews, arranged for background checks (in conjunction with the Office of the Counsel to the President), and made recommendations to the President on appointments of people to carry out the President’s program.

   See collection entries for


    Bullock, Katja

    Dunlop, Becky Norton

    Farrell, J. Michael

    Herrington, John S.

    James, E. Pendleton

    Kinser, Richard

Phillips, Susan

Presidential Personnel, Office

    of

Roberts, A. Wayne

Timmons, William

Tuttle, Robert

Urban, Maryann

Vasiliou, Rosalie

Von Damm, Helene

Wood, Lynn Ross


 

Press Secretary, White House Office of the

The Press Secretary and his staff spoke for the President at press briefings, prepared news summaries for the President and his staff, briefed the President for his press conferences and other press contacts, advised on press relations, and provided logistical support to the White House press corps. After Press Secretary James Brady suffered serious wounds during the March 1981 assassination attempt on the President, Larry Speakes assumed the Press Secretary’s day-to-day functions, with the title “Principal Deputy Press Secretary.” In 1987, Marlin Fitzwater succeeded Speakes in this role, as the “Assistant to the President for Press Relations.”

   See collection entries for


   Allin, Lyndon K. (Mort)

   Brady, James S.

   Djerejian, Edward

   Fitzwater, Marlin

   Heinze, Mary Kayne

Jarrett, Ben

Popadiuk, Roman

Press Secretary, WHO of the

Roussel, Peter

Sims, Robert B.

Small-Stringer, Karna

Speakes, Larry

 


 

Private Sector Initiatives, Office of

On October 14, 1981, by Executive Order 12329, President Reagan established the President’s  Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives.  The Task Force was established to advise the President and other Executive agency heads on methods of "promoting private sector leadership and responsibility for meeting public needs."  After the task force was terminated in late 1982, the Office of Private Sector Initiatives was established at the White House to continue support for the private sector initiatives program and to implement final recommendations of the Task Force.

   See collection entries for


   Barnett, Tricia

   Butler, Judith                                 

   Castine, Michael


Coyne, James

Fitch, John

Kelly, Anne

Kerr, Anne Marie

Moorhead, Jay

Private Sector Initiatives,

   Office of

Ryan, Fred

Westerman, Edie


 


Public Affairs, White House Office of

Operating within the Office of Communications, this office coordinated and handled outreach activities to various public groups and the media to publicize and further the policy initiatives of the Administration. This office focused mainly on domestic policy issues, leaving most foreign policy matters to the National Security Council’s Public Affairs Directorate.

   See collection entries for


   Baroody, Michael

   Gibson, Thomas

   Hansen, Richard

Public Affairs, WHO of

Public Diplomacy for Central

     America, WHO of

Rickett, Nikki

Rizzuto, Christopher


 

Public Affairs Directorate, National Security Council

   See collection entries for


   Grooms, Sally

   Kaminsky, Phyllis

   Korengold, Robert J. "Bud"

   Posa, Leonard M.

   Public Affairs Directorate,               

       NSC

   Sims, Robert

   Small-Stringer, Karna


 

Public Liaison, White House Office of

This office was a large and important office during the Reagan Administration.  The Liaison office was a conduit for various constituency groups to present their interests to the White House.  Liaison office staff also contacted constituency groups and organizations to education them about the Administration’s goals and actions, and to build support for the Administration’s policies.  The activities of this office were often coordinated with the Communications office, the Media Relations office and the Public Affairs office.  The office included specialists with various groups and issues, including blacks, Hispanics, education, the business community, religious groups and women.

   See collection entries for


   Acle, Luis

   Anderson, Carl

   Anderson, Curt

   Archie, Timothy

   Arey, Linda

   Bakshian, Aram

   Bell, Mariam

   Beserra, Rudy

   Blackwell, Morton

   Bolton, Roger

   Bonitati, Robert

   Borcherdt, Wendy

   Bradley, Melvin

   Breaux, Merlin

   Breger, Marshall

   Buckalew, Judi

   Burgess, Jack

   Cavaney, Red

   Chavez, Linda

   Chumachenko, Katherine

   Danner, Donald

   Demoss, Charlotte

   Dewhirst, Mary

   Dole, Elizabeth

   Donatelli, Frank

   Duggan, Juanita

   Duggin, Thelma

   Eberly, Donald

   Evans, Greg

   Foley, Todd

   Gale, Michael

   Green, Max

   Holladay, J. Douglas

   Hornby, Carol Solon

   Jacobi, Mary Jo

   Jepsen, Dee

   Knauer, Virginia

   Kojelis, Linus

   Kruke, Kevin

   Lozano, Diana

   Lynch, Edward

   Maseng, Mari

   Meloy, Mary Ann

   Morrison, Trudi

   Paschall, Eliza

   Paylan, Elise

   Peterson, Eileen

   Public Liaison, WHO of

   Quint, Mary Elizabeth

   Range, Rebecca

   Reilly, Robert R.

   Riggs, Douglas A.

   Rousselot, John

   Schnepper, Mary

   Stein, Jacob

   Strother, Candace

   Sundseth, Carolyn

   Triplett, William

   Valis, Wayne

   Vila, Adis

   Villapando, Catalina (Cathi)

   Waldman, Benjamin

   Whittlesey, Faith

   Zachary, Matt

   Zuniga, Henry


 

Science Adviser, White House Office of the

This post advised the President on a wide variety of scientific and technological issues.  The Science Adviser also served as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a federal agency.

See collection entries for


Graham, William R.

Keyworth, George A.


 

Secretariat, White House

See collection entries for

Chew, David

 

Social Affairs, White House Office of

Under the general direction of the First Lady’s office, the Social Affairs office planned and coordinated White House social events and functions, including everything from head of state dinners to the annual Easter egg roll.

See collection entries for


Brandon, Mabel (Muffie)

Faulkner, Linda

Fenton, Catherine

Gemmell, William

Graphics and Calligraphy,

  WHO Office of

Hodges, Gahl

Social Affairs, WHO of


 

Space Programs, National Security Council

See collection entries for


Dekok, Roger G.

May, Gerald M.

Rye, Gilbert D.


 

Speechwriting, White House Office of

This office, which included a speechwriting research office, drafted and coordinated the preparation and approval of the President’s speeches and official statements.

See collection entries for


Dolan, Tony

Khachigian, Ken

Parvin, Landon

Robinson, Peter

Speechwriting, WHO of

Speechwriting, WHO of

  Research Office

Speechwriting, WHO of

  Speech Drafts


 

Television Office, White House


Board, Elizabeth

Holmes, Joseph R.


 

Visitor’s Office, White House

See collection entries for


Andrews, Melinda

McCain, Carol

Morris, Marja

Visitors’ Office, WH


 

White House Conferences

See collection entries for


Courtemanche, Jack

WH Conference for a
        Drug Free
America

WH Conference on

    Productivity


 


Women’s Business Enterprise, Interagency Committee on

   Women’s Business Enterprise, Interagency Committee on

 

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