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Register of the Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary Sound Recordings, 1967-1980
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ronald Reagan radio commentary sound recordings
    Date (inclusive): 1967-1980
    Collection Number: 2000C19
    Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box, 2 cubic foot boxes (7.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: This collection contains sound recordings, transcripts, correspondence, and other documents related to the radio broadcast series Viewpoint with Ronald Reagan and Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary as well as the LP records Ronald Reagan: The Great Moments (aborted) and Ronald Reagan: On the Air. O'Connor Creative Services produced both the radio series and the LPs. A variety of domestic and international topics are covered including the economy, oil, guns, religion, taxes, energy, and welfare. Era-specific subjects such as conflict in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia) and the Torrijos-Carter Treaties that returned control of the Panama Canal to Panama receive considerable attention.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Box 3 and 5-7 are closed. Use copies of all sound recordings in this collection are available for immediate access.
    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], Ronald Reagan radio commentary sound recordings, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.

    Accruals

    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Ronald Reagan subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Citizens for Reagan records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Deaver & Hannaford, Inc. records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Peter D. Hannaford papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Annelise G. Anderson papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Historical Note

    The series Viewpoint with Ronald Reagan and Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary were produced by O'Connor Creative Services and concern political conditions in the United States and abroad. The titles Viewpoint with Ronald Reagan and Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary were used at different times to describe the series: Viewpoint for the programs produced in 1975 and 1976 and Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary for the programs produced in 1977 and 1978. Programming was halted during the times Reagan was a declared candidate for the presidency: the first occurrence being November 1975, resuming September 1, 1976 after he lost the nomination; the second being November 1979, when he declared for the 1980 presidential election. Programming ceased altogether following the 1980 election.
    Reagan recorded his radio commentaries in batches of fifteen programs (five a week). During the period of January 8, 1975, to December 12, 1978, these recordings were pressed on vinyl LPs. Each LP contained three weeks of programming. At least once during this period Reagan recorded twenty programs at a studio session instead of fifteen, leaving fifteen to be distributed while he was on a foreign trip. Commentaries were committed to magnetic tape following the December 12, 1978, program.
    In 1977, O'Connor Creative Services began planning Ronald Reagan: The Great Moments, the first attempt to issue select commentaries commercially. Tracks were sequenced and artwork selected, however the project was aborted in 1978. Later in 1978, a comparable LP, Ronald Reagan On the Air: A Collection of His Most Memorable Broadcasts (O'Connor Creative Services, 1978), was successfully created and issued. In 2001, a five-CD collection titled Reagan in his Own Voice (Simon & Schuster Audio, 2001) was issued and includes many more commentaries as well as recorded thoughts by Nancy Reagan, Harry O'Connor, Peter Hannaford, Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson, Edwin Meese III, and others. A selection of twenty recordings was also included on CD in Reagan's Path to Victory (The Free Press, 2004), eight of which overlapped with the Simon & Schulster Audio). Transcripts of these recordings were published in the books Reagan in His Own Hand (The Free Press, 2001) and Reagan's Path to Victory (The Free Press, 2004).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains sound recordings, transcripts, correspondence, and other documents related to the radio broadcast series Viewpoint with Ronald Reagan and Ronald Reagan Radio Commentary as well as the LP record albums Ronald Reagan: The Great Moments (aborted) and Ronald Reagan: On the Air. O'Connor Creative Services produced both the radio series and the LPs. A variety of domestic and international topics are covered, including the economy, oil, guns, religion, taxes, energy, and welfare. Era-specific subjects such as conflict in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia) and the Torrijos-Carter Treaties that returned control of the Panama Canal to Panama receive considerable attention.
    Audio recordings of these commentaries are included on the records or tapes in this collection. For preservation purposes, the original recordings have been reformatted and are available as digital use copies in the Hoover Archives reading room.
    Selected recordings from this series were issued commercially on the compilation LP Ronald Reagan On the Air: A Collection of His Most Memorable Broadcasts (O'Connor Creative Services, 1978) and the CD collection Reagan in His Own Voice (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
    Transcripts of the recordings issued on Reagan in His Own Voice were published in the book Reagan in His Own Hand (Simon & Schuster, 2001), and are included in Box 2 of this collection.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into 2 series: Subject File and Sound Recordings. The sound recordings are further divided into subseries according to media format: LP records, cassettes, open reel tapes, and compact discs.

    Access Points

    United States--Politics and government--1974-1977.
    United States--Politics and government--1977-1981.
    Radio broadcasting--United States.
    United States--Politics and government.
    Conservatism.
    Phonorecords.
    Phonotapes.
    Reagan, Ronald.
    O'Connor Creative Services.