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Reagan's Personal Papers Released

Nearly 25,000 pages of Ronald Reagan's (search) personal papers, including speeches, radio scripts and articles he wrote in the 1960s and 1970s, are now available to the public at his presidential library.

"My husband was eager to get all of his documents open to the public as early as possible," former first lady Nancy Reagan (search) said in a statement Thursday.

Reagan died last June and is buried on the library's grounds.

The documents include Reagan's handwritten drafts of the scripts for his national syndicated radio commentary program "Viewpoint," which aired from 1975 until 1979.

"President Reagan has long been known for writing his speeches and articles in longhand on legal pads," library executive director R. Duke Blackwood (search) said. "The Reagan Library is extremely pleased to be able to share these exceptional documents with the general public."

Anyone interested in seeing the documents must make an appointment with the research library.