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An Inventory of the Mary Ellen Leary Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mary Ellen Leary Collection
    Dates: 1963-1984
    Collection number: 87077
    Collector: Leary, Mary Ellen
    Collection Size: 20 manuscript boxes (8.3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Clippings, press releases, California state government publications, and other printed matter, relating to the political career of Ronald Reagan and to California state politics and government during his gubernatorial administration (1967-1974)
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    The collection is open for research
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mary Ellen Leary Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1987


    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.

    Biographical Chronology

    1913 April 21 Born, Salt Lake City, Utah
    1934 Graduated from Duchesne College, an affiliate of Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
      Received a scholarship in English literature from Stanford University, California
    1937 Completed M.A. from Stanford University
    1937-1944 Reporter, San Francisco News
    1944-1945 Political reporter
    1945-1946 Nieman Fellow, Harvard University
    1946-1952 Political editor
    1952-1956 Urban specialist-Politics
    1956-1964 Associate editor
    1964-1967 West Coast correspondent, Scripps Howard papers
    1966-1968 Member, Advisory Board, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
    1968- Free-lance writer and correspondent, the Economist of London
    1968-1974 Member, Oakland Catholic Social Justice Commission
    1974-1975 Project director, Ford Foundation study, Candidate Media Interaction
    1977 Author, Phantom Politics: Campaigning in California
    1981 Author, A Journalist's Perspective: Government and Politics in California and the Bay Area: Oral History Transcript and Related Material, 1979-1981
    1989 Received Distinguished Career Excellence in Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Mary Ellen Leary collection focuses on the political situation in California during the 1960s through the early 1980s. The sources of information are published materials such as clippings and printed matter, press conferences and press releases, published government records, and speeches. They relate to Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial administration and to the development of his political career.
    The guide to this collection has been prepared as an inventory. The papers listed are in their original order and topics added if given by the creator. Special mention has been made of articles by Mary Ellen Leary and letters addressed to her. This collection provides a valuable insight into California politics and Ronald Reagan's political aspirations.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


    Reagan, Ronald.
    California-Politics and government-1951.

    Related Material

    To see a complete listing of all the related collections, please go to Hoover Institution Archives catalog web site at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  and use the search term Reagan, Ronald