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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Most of the library's collection is not available online and much of the textual holdings are still being processed and are unavailable for research. However, the library is the largest of all presidential Libraries, with archival holdings of nearly 50 million pages of government records, more than 1.5 million photographs, approximately 769,500 feet of motion picture film, and more than 100,000 gifts given to the Reagans. Researchers can examine selected materials in their work.

The Reagan Museum encompasses 22,000 square feet of exhibit area that includes a permanent collection of films, videos and interactive exhibits and a series of rotating exhibits. Permanent exhibits include a full-scale replica of the Oval Office as Reagan had it furnished and a nuclear missile deactivated when the President and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the INF treaty.

"President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime" by Lou Cannon (Public Affairs Books)
An in-depth account of the inner workings of Reagan's presidency by a journalist who first covered Reagan when he was elected governor of California in 1966 and covered him again during his eight years in the White House for The Washington Post.

"Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan" by Edmund Morris (Random House)
This is the official biography by an experience and acclaimed biographer. Morris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was invited into the White House during Reagan's second term to write a book about the president's life. But when the book was published in 1999, it was heavily criticized because of Morris inserted himself as a fictional character, a literary "Forrest Gump," into the long saga of Reagan's life, from boyhood in Illinois to California to the White House.

"Reagan, in His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America," edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson (The Free Press)
A collection of Reagan's writings, including radio commentaries, short stories, poems, newspaper articles, letters and speeches, both before and during the presidency. The manuscripts are just as Reagan wrote them, including his corrections and notes.

"Ronald Reagan: His Life in Pictures" by James Spada (St. Martin's Press)
A pictorial biography of Ronald Reagan that chronicles his entire life. The book includes more than 350 photographs, with many never published before.

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