Ronald Reagan document archive to sell at Profiles in History

A Ronald Reagan document archive is among the star lots of an April 18 auction at Profiles in History.  

It's valued at $100,000-200,000.

It consists of hundreds of letters and photographs, all of which come from the personal collection of Ronald Reagan International Fan Club president Zelda Multz.

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The archive spans the 1940s to the 1990s

Multz took many of the candid photographs herself when Reagan visited his home town of Dixon, Illinois in 1952.

The extraordinary correspondence dates from the 1940s right up to the 1990s, spanning Reagan's careers as both actor and president.

The letters discuss various subjects including Reagan's burgeoning republicanism, as outlined in this passage from 1965 - written in response to a state of the union address by Lyndon B Johnson: "It reminded me of the old Willy Howard Vaudeville joke.

"Willy would appear on stage making a revolutionary speech, and at each promise his partner would cheer.

"Finally he promises strawberries and cake for everyone and gets no cheer, and when he asks why not his partner says he doesn't like strawberries and cake, to which Willy replies, 'Come the revolution, damn it, you've got to like strawberries and cake'."

Elsewhere Reagan relates details of his personal life.

This includes reference to the breakup of his marriage to Jane Wyman in 1949 ("Just keep your fingers crossed & pray that Jane will realize she loves me").

In addition there are letters from his mother Nelle Reagan, his second wife Nancy Reagan and Jane Wyman herself.

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