Mike’s 1st Post
My work as an intern at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library commenced on June 1, 2010. Currently I work for the Director of Education, Mira Cohen, for the “Document of the Month” program. I am responsible for locating and examining primary source documents that relate to the Reagan Presidency for both the Library’s annual education program in July, and the Document of the Month curriculum materials. My first job consisted of looking at White House files that relate to President Reagan’s plan for economic recovery in 1981, and tax reform in 1986. The bulk of this material consists of speeches, memos, talking points, and telephone logs, which provides the researcher with a unique experience of working with historical records in a hands on fashion.
After making working copies of significant primary source documents, I look not only for key themes, but also the overall historical significance of these papers in relation to President Reagan’s economic policy. This process of research and analysis requires patience and vigilance, as I look for how President Reagan shaped economic policy and conveyed his vision to millions of Americans. Despite the demanding nature of archival research, I learned a great deal about how economic policy was formulated, and sold to the Democratic opposition in Congress and the American people. After studying the material, I write a short abstract that summarizes the main themes, and significance of the documents. The main objective of this process is to have the documents included in the Reagan Education Department’s “Document of the Month,” compendium in which they can provide educators with some valuable insights into the Reagan Presidency, and enhance the learning experience for their students. I am a part of a team of four interns, who not only bring unique and diverse talents to this program, but who also work well together for a common goal.
- Mike Matini
Posted by Michael Matini on July 14, 2010, under Archives, Document of the Month, Documents, Educators, Reagan, Workshops.
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