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Michael Burda biographical and Ronald Reagan inaugural materials collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS2300

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles, and one videocassette. These materials relate to the work of Michael Burda related to both Inaugurations of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1985. There is material detailing the distribution of the special whiskey commemorating the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. The presentation of the whiskey was made at a reception in Washington honoring President Reagan and the doctors at George Washington University Medical Center who were responsible for saving the President's life following the shooting in 1981. These materials date from 1969-2003 with the bulk covering 1981-1985.

Dates

  • 1969-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1981 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In 1953, Michael Burda founded Burda Associates an insurance consultant/broker company. Two of the organizations Burda Associates represented were the National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union. In this role, Burda Associates negotiated to establish insurance plans for postal employees. In 1981, Burda hosted a reception in Washington in honor of the GW Hospital doctors who saved President Ronald Reagan’s life after an assassination attempt, just as they had saved his own life in previous medical procedures. For the occasion, he distributed a special whiskey to commemorate the 1981 presidential inauguration. In 1999 to commemorate his work with the postal unions and to promote the work of the institution that had treated him, he and his wife Eleanor endowed two scholarships to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This scholarship foundation assists the sons and daughters of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).

The collection contains a transcript of an oral history interview on Burda's experiences as an intelligence officer during World War II.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

Language

English

Overview

These materials in this collection relate to the work of Michael Burda related to both Inaugurations of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and 1985. There is material detailing the distribution of the special whiskey commemorating the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. The presentation of the whiskey was made at a reception in Washington honoring President Reagan and the doctors at George Washington University Medical Center who were responsible for saving the President's life following the shooting in 1981. These materials date from 1969-2003 with the bulk covering 1981-1985.

Arrangement

Arranged in no particular order.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael Burda, Circa 2003.

Source

Title
Folder inventory to the Michael Burda biographical and Ronald Reagan inaugural materials collection, 1969-2003
Status
Folder Inventory
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America