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Reagan Books Donated to Eureka College
Reagan Books Donated to Eureka College

One thing we can say about Charles Wick: he accumulated a lot of books.

The former Reagan administration official died five years ago. Now, his family has donated about 500 books to Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College.

Wick directed the U.S. Information Agency during Reagan’s two terms as president. “If Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator,” says John Morris, “Charles Wick really helped him … communicate his dream of America’s role as a beacon of freedom around the world.” Morris is director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka.

The collection, which is still being reviewed, includes some books about Reagan; the rest will go to special collections at the Melick Library, which also houses the Mark R. Shenkman Reagan Research Center. The Reagan-related books will be in that center and available to researchers.

Reagan was a 1932 graduate of Eureka College and is the only U.S. president to have been born in Illinois. He died in 2004.