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Inventory of the Citizens for Reagan Records
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  • Title: Citizens for Reagan Records
    Date: 1975-1986
    Collection Number: 81141
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 109 manuscript boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 605 video tapes, 12 phonodisks, 8 phonotapes (112 linear feet)
    Abstract: The collection relates to the campaign of Ronald Reagan for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1976. Materials include correspondence, position papers, press releases, memoranda, public opinion polling data, financial records, sound recordings, and video tapes. Includes a few post-1976 records of Citizens for the Republic, the successor organization to Citizens for Reagan.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Citizens for Reagan.


    Boxes 2-3 and 110-111 are closed. The remainder of the cllection is open for research.

    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Citizens for Reagan records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1981.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Richard Wirthlin papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Peter Hannaford papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Ronald Reagan subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Lyn Nofziger papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Edwin Meese papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    To see a complete listing of all the related collections, please go to Hoover Institution Archives catalog web site at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  and enter the search term Reagan, Ronald

    Historical Note

    The Citizens for Reagan organization originated from a strong belief of some of his supporters that Ronald Reagan should be persuaded to run for the Republican nomination for president in 1976, becoming Reagan's official campaign committee for the 1976 election. A committee was formed for that purpose with Senator Paul Laxalt, former governor of Nevada, as its chairman. The goal of this committee was to set up an organization to lead an effective political campaign and raise money needed to conduct a successful campaign in the event of the announcement of Ronald Reagan's candidacy for the president of the United States.
    In addition to Paul Laxalt, other prominent members of the Republican Party decided to signify their support of Ronald Reagan's candidacy. John P. Sears, a Washington attorney, was chosen to serve as the executive vice-chairman. Other office holders included Jack Courtimanche of Los Angeles to be in charge of financial operations; Loren Smith as legal counsel; Jeffrey Bell as head of research; Henry M. Buchanan as treasurer; and David Keene as the southern states coordinator. Other prominent members were former governor of Kentucky Louis B. Nunn; former California Republican National Committeewoman Mrs. Stanlope C. Ring; retired congressman H. R. Gross of Iowa; and Nebraska insurance executive George Cook. Jim Lake, David Keene, and Lyn Nofziger represented political staff.
    Citizens for Reagan had a centralized administrative structure with state offices. All handbills, rally notices and other materials included a notation such as "paid for by the CFR." Each local unit had a chairman and a treasurer at all times, possibly a bookkeeper as well. All local contributions to Citizens for Reagan or to the local subdivision were sent to Washington, D.C. to be deposited. The Washington office also authorized all expenditures.
    All activities were carried out on a state-by-state basis using a detailed list of state-level coordinators, members, and addresses. Although the 1976 presidential election results did not fulfill Ronald Reagan's political ambition, the operating procedures and organizational structure used in the Citizens for Reagan operations of 1975-1976, the organizational experience successfully supported his later political ambitions.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Citizens for Reagan records are a document the process leading up to Ronald Reagan's bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 1976, which he lost to Gerald Ford at the convention. The materials include correspondence, position papers, press releases, memoranda, public opinion polling data, financial records, sound recordings, and video tapes. They reveal elaborate planning, organization, publicity, preparation, and advertisement required to launch a political campaign. The papers are arranged in their original order, with the original folder titles and organizational system devised by the Citizens for Reagan office staff.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Citizens for the Republic.
    Reagan, Ronald.
    Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
    Presidents--United States--Election--1976.
    Video tapes.