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PDF 72 Jul 17 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) MT: No.10 menu ("Luncheon in honour of the Honourable Ronald Reagan Governor of California, and Mrs Reagan") [first meeting of MT and Reagan] [released 2003]
Info only 75 Apr 9 We Chronology Key [Chronology] MT met Ronald Reagan for the first time (or possibly the second)
Text 75 Apr 9 We Press Major Thatcher memoirs Cold War: Early meeting with Ronald Reagan [memoirs extract]
PDF 75 Apr 30 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Cold War: Reagan letter to MT (fall of Saigon) ["a dark day ... somehow the shadows seem to have lengthened"] [released 2003]
Info only 78 Nov 27 Mo Chronology Major [Chronology] MT met Ronald Reagan for the second time (or possibly the third)
PDF 78 Dec 29 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Cold War: Reagan letter to MT (thanks for meeting; defence) [released 2007]
PDF 79 Sep 24 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Eliot Janeway) [Democratic/Republican Presidential candidates; PLO; Rhodesia] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Jan 17 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (CIA) Argentina: CIA Information Report (1934Z) ("Alleged belief of the Argentine Government that the current US Administration is trying to 'destabilize' it by using the human rights campaign") ["knee-jerk rationalisation among elements within the GOA"] [declassified 2018]
PDF 80 Jan 22 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: Ray Whitney to Geoffrey Howe (US-UK relations) [“there is a widespread fear among the incoming Administration of being ‘Thatcherised’”] [released 2017]
PDF 80 Apr 16 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Middle East: No.10 record of conversation (MT-Kissinger) [US Administration, Iran, East/West relations, Arab-Israeli dispute, Western summit] [declassified 2010]
PDF 80 Apr 24 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 1589 to FCO (2045Z) ("US Presidential Campaign: Pennsylvania") ["seen as a last chance for Kennedy and Bush to stem the tide running in favour of Carter and Reagan"] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Apr 24 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: No.10 record of conversation ("Conversation with Mr. Carbaugh at 10 Downing Street on Thursday 24 April 1980") [Michael Alexander, John Carbaugh: US defence policy; request that MT make case in Parliament for increased defence expenditure; Rapier programme; Republican nominee: request that MT meet with Reagan to support his campaign; funds for Reagan campaign; Namibia] [released Aug 2013]
PDF 80 May 19 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: FCO telegram to UKE Washington (1400Z) ("Contacts with Mr Reagan's Advisers") [John Carbaugh, aide to Senator Helms: request for channel of communication to No.10] [released Aug 2013]
Text 80 Jun 25 We Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher Press Conference for American correspondents in London
Text 80 Jul 2 We Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) MT Engagement Diary
PDF 80 Jul 8 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: Gordon Reece note for MT (account of visit to Washington DC) [meeting presidential campaign teams] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Jul 8 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: Gordon Reece minute to MT (US Presidential Campaign teams) ["Reagan's is far and away the richest and also the least media dominated group"] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Jul 14 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cold War: Armstrong minute to Alexander (report of conversation with Chancellor Schmidt) [acquiring Trident: Armstrong delivers MT's personal message; Schmidt recounts visit to Moscow] [declassified 2011]
PDF 80 Jul 18 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 2550 to FCO (2335Z) ("The Republican National Convention, Detroit 14-17 July") [report on Reagan's endorsement as Presidential nominee] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Jul 22 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 37 to FCO ("Republican Party Energy Policy") [summary & analysis] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Jul 29 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 2619 to FCO (0030Z) ("U.S. Presidential Election") [Democratic Party Nominating Convention/Billy Carter affair] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Jul 29 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 2620 to FCO (0100Z) ("U.S. Presidential Election: consequences of Anderson's candidacy") ["the peculiar circumstances of this election, and of Anderson's candidacy in particular, are likely to provoke more than the usual nervousness and distraction within both Congress and Administration over the next few months"] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Jul 29 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 2631 to FCO (2300Z) ("The US Economy and the Presidential Election") [analysis] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Aug 5 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 3695 to FCO (2145Z) ("Billy Carter: President Carter's press conference") [report] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Aug 7 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 42 to FCO (“United States monthly economic report for July 1980”) [“decline in US economic activity is continuing”] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Aug 11 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Press Office: Transcript of 'Special Edition' radio programme (Richard Staley reports on interview with MT) [released 2011]
PDF 80 Aug 15 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 3779 to FCO (2345Z) ("Democratic National Convention, New York, 11-14 August") [report] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Aug 25 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 3834 to FCO (2300Z) ("The outlook for a second Carter term") [assessment] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Sep 11 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 3979 to FCO (2330Z) ("US Presidential Campaign") [participation in first televised debate] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Sep 23 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4087 to FCO (2358Z) ("US Presidential Campaign") [first televised debate] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Oct 3 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: Angus Maude minute to all Ministers ("US Presidential Election") [participation radio & television programmes] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Oct 22 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Belize: Armstrong briefing for MT ("Anglo-Guatemalan Negotiations Over Belize (OD(80) 59)") [declassified 2013]
PDF 80 Nov 2 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4459 to FCO (2355Z) ("US Presidential Election") [polls; electoral system; hostage crisis; analysis] [declassified Jan 2014]
Info only 80 Nov 4 Tu Chronology Key [Chronology] Reagan elected US President
PDF 80 Nov 5 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Moscow telegram 696 to FCO (1515Z) ("US Elections") [Soviet reporting on/reactions to results] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Nov 5 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Hong Kong: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Yue-Kong Pao) [shipbuilding contracts and the new Chinese and US regimes] [declassified 2012]
Text 80 Nov 5 We Speeches, interviews, etc. Minor Margaret Thatcher Letter to President-elect Reagan (invitation to visit Britain)
PDF 80 Nov 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4499 to FCO (2135Z) ("U.S. Presidential election") [analysis of Reagan/Carter campaigns & results] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Nov 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Minutes of Full Cabinet - CC(80) 39th (1981-82 Cash Limits & Votes, Rate Support Grant Supplement 1981-82, Public Expenditure 1981-82, etc) [declassified 2010]
Text 80 Nov 6 Th Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher House of Commons PQs
PDF 80 Nov 7 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Paris letter to FCO (US election result) [notes MT likely to get on particularly well with Reagan] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Nov 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: President-elect Reagan letter to MT (thanks for her congratulations) [looks forward to another meeting] [declassified 2012]
Text 80 Nov 10 Mo Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher Speech at Lord Mayor’s Banquet
PDF 80 Nov 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4538 to FCO (0105Z) ("US elections") [analysis of results] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Nov 12 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Defence: Carrington PS letter to No.10 (“Health of the Alliance”) [proposed review of NATO to reduce UK contribution to budget] [declassified 2013]
PDF 80 Nov 13 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) France: No.10 record of telephone conversation (MT-Giscard) [military spending, election of Reagan, Schmidt visit to US, East/West relations] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Nov 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Northern Ireland: Armstrong briefing for MT ("Northern Ireland (OD(80) 67 and 68)") [declassified 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 16 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: MT letter to Paul Johnson (US elections: thoughts on Reagan's victory) [American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; "a note to thank you for your assessment"] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Nov 16 Su Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Labour: MT letter to Paul [Johnson] (significance of Michael Foot's election as Labour leader) ["I fear it will start with mob oratory in an attempt to create disorder"] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 16 Su Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: MT letter to Paul Johnson (Reagan's election and Foot as Labour leader) ["I fear [Foot's leadership] will start with mob oratory"] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 16 Su Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Germany: No.10 record of conversation (MT-Chancellor Schmidt) [Carrington's visit to Eastern Europe, NATO, Middle East and South West Asia, Quadripartite Consultation, Arab-Israeli Conflict, EC affairs, Anglo-French bilateral relations, Spain, defence] [declassified 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 19 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) China: Carrington minute to Pym (“COCOM: defence sales to China”) [UK seeks to reassure allies] [declassified 2013]
Text 80 Nov 20 Th Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: [Debate on the Address]
PDF 80 Nov 21 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: MT letter to Sir Robert Thompson (Thompson's discussion with Nixon, views of Reagan's administration) [Soviet influence in the third world] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 21 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) France: No.10 record of telephone conversation (MT-Giscard) [MT's conversation with Schmidt, Middle East, quadripartite summit, Commission portfolios, New Zealand, Luxembourg] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Nov 21 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: No.10 letter to FCO (“Contacts with the Reagan team”) [proposed MT first meeting with Reagan as President] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Nov 23 Su Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Germany: No.10 record of telephone conversation (MT-Chancellor Schmidt) [Schmidt's visit to Washington, Reagan's Administration, arms control negotiations] [declassified 2011]
PDF 80 Nov 24 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4678 to FCO (2325Z) ("President-Elect Reagan") [analysis of character and likely policies & priorities on assuming office; probable key advisers] [declassified Jan 2014]
Text 80 Dec 3 We Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher HC Stmnt: [Luxembourg European Council]
PDF 80 Dec 4 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4785 to FCO (0125Z) ("The transition: appointments to Mr Reagan's Cabinet") [speculation] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 8 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Trade: Keith Joseph minute to MT (“Textiles”) [problem of US imports] [declassified 2012]
PDF 80 Dec 9 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4851 to FCO (0150Z) ("The Reagan Transition: Cabinet Appointments") [timetable; Al Haig] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 10 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Japan: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Japanese Foreign Minister, Japanese Ambassador) [oil prices; Middle East; MT views on Carter and Reagan administrations; MT views on place of human rights in foreign policy; Poland] [declassified Dec 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 11 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4879 to FCO (2055Z) ("The Reagan Cabinet") [appointees; biographies] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 11 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Poland: UKDEL NATO to FCO ("Poland") [discussion of situation in Poland at Foreign Ministers' dinner: contingency planning for Soviet intervention in Poland] [declassified 2011]
PDF 80 Dec 18 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4957 to FCO (0040Z) (foreign policy of the incoming Administration) [Ambassador Henderson, Richard Allen: record of conversation] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 23 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4988 to FCO (0016Z) ("Reagan Cabinet appointments: Press Conference") [Haig Q&A; Haig; Kirkpatrick; Edwards; Watt; Pierce: biographies] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 23 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Belize: FCO telegram 1962 to UKE Washington (1600Z) ("Belize/Guatemala") ["Apparent hardening of the Guatemalan position...may not be unconnected with their hopes for better understanding and support from the Reagan Administration"; need to brief Haig] [declassified 2013]
PDF 80 Dec 24 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4998 to FCO (0035Z) ("Reagan Cabinet: Secretary of Agriculture") [biog & assessment of new appointee, Block] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 24 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 4999 to FCO (0043Z) ("US Presidential Appointments") [biogs & assessment] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 24 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 5005 to FCO (1755Z) ("Presidential transition: General Haig") [Haig's dismissals & appointments] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 24 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Belize: UKE Washington telegram 5007 to FCO (1930Z) ("Belize/Guatemala") ["The apparent hardening of the Guatemalan position may indeed owe something to their expectation that US/Guatemalan relations will improve under a Reagan Administration"] [declassified 2013]
PDF 80 Dec 30 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 5015 to FCO (0005Z) ("The Reagan Cabinet") [analysis] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 80 Dec 31 We Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Press Office: Press Office memo ("Review of the Year") [main events in 1980] [released 2011]
PDF 80 Dec 31 We Declassified documents Major Archive (Thatcher MSS) Cold War: Hugh Thomas minute to MT ("A Western policy towards the Soviet economy") ["Mr. Reagan's administration may be interested in a radical approach of this nature"] [released 2013]
PDF 80 Dec 31 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Defence: No.10 record of conversation (MT-Pym-Carrington-Chancellor of the Exchequer) ["Defence Estimates 1981/82"] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 2 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Angola: Lord Carrington PS letter to No.10 ("Angola: visit of Savimbi") [case against MT meeting with leader of UNITA guerrilla movement] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 4 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Media: Ingham minute for MT ("Note for the Record") ["Rupert Murdoch Lunch"] [released 2012]
Text 81 Jan 4 Su Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher Radio Interview for BBC Radio 4 The World this Weekend
PDF 81 Jan 8 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) China: No.10 letter to Dept of Energy (Guangdong Nuclear Power Station) [directive to discuss with French but keep other options open] [declassified 2012]
PDF 81 Jan 9 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 73 to FCO (2100Z) ("Visit to the US of the Reverend Ian Paisley") [Paisley keen to accept accidental invite to Reagan's inauguration] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 9 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Energy: Armstrong briefing for MT ("Energy Prices") [briefing for meeting with Howell and Chancellor of the Exchequer] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 9 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Energy: Ibbs minute to Lankester ("Energy Prices") [need to assist British industry with energy prices; competition with EC and US] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 10 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 85 to FCO (0035Z) ("Appointments at the State Department") [biogs of Eagleburger, Rashish & Stoessel] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 12 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Namibia: FCO telegram 35 to UKE Washington (1546Z) ("Namibia") [need to persuade incoming Reagan Administration to encourage South Africa to engage with Namibia independence negotiations] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 13 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Namibia: UKE Washington telegram 118 to FCO (2344Z) ("Namibia") [Reagan Administration "likely to be hostile to the idea of sanctions" against South Africa] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 14 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 132 to FCO (2250Z) ("Confirmation Hearings on Alexander Haig") [report; Cambodia; Chile; Watergate] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 16 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Namibia: UKE Washington telegram 153 to FCO (0020Z) ("U.S. Policy on Namibia") [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 16 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Defence: Nott minute to MT ("Defence Estimates 1981/82") [further adjustments to defence programme] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 19 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Defence: Armstrong minute to MT ("Defence Estimates 1981/82: Flotation of British Aerospace") [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 19 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Defence: No.10 record of conversation (MT-Nott-Carrington-Chancellor of the Exchequer-Joseph-Havers) ["Defence Expenditure and BAe Flotation"] [declassified 2011]
PDF 81 Jan 20 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Bonn telegram 47 to FCO (1020Z) ("The New US Administration: FRG views") [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 20 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: MT letter to President Reagan (inauguration) [congratulations] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 20 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: MT letter to President Carter (US elections) [message to mark end of Carter's Presidency] [declassified Jan 2014]
Text 81 Jan 20 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Cold War: Thatcher letter to Reagan (inaugural congratulations) [unclassified]
Text 81 Jan 20 Tu Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher House of Commons PQs
Text 81 Jan 20 Tu Speeches, interviews, etc. Major Margaret Thatcher Letter to President-elect Reagan ("your inauguration ... a symbol of hope for the Alliance")
PDF 81 Jan 21 We Declassified documents Major Archive (Reagan Library) Cold War: Secretary of State Haig's Evening Report ("My Meeting with Warren Christopher, Working Group on Iran Agreement, Upcoming Visits by European Foreign Ministers") [declassified 2016]
PDF 81 Jan 21 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) USA: UKE Washington telegram 205 to FCO (2245Z) ("The Reagan Administration") [appointments] [declassified Jan 2014]
PDF 81 Jan 21 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) US: No.10 telcon (Reagan phone call to MT on inauguration day) [MT promises to brief him on her mistakes] [declassified 2010]

Documents lie at the core of this website, each one dated and sorted chronologically (by default) in search results. Most are images in PDF format of original paper documents scanned or filmed for the site. There also transcripts of speeches and interviews, press articles, photos, videos, and more. The document database contains tens of thousands of items and permits complex searching.

Files are multi-page PDFs from which most of the documents on the site are selected. All of Mrs Thatcher’s official files from No.10 are available in full on this site (paper copies are stored at the National Archives in the series PREM19), as well as most of those of Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson as Chancellor (stored at TNA as series T639 and T640).

Guides are articles about key events and topics. Many were written to accompany annual releases of Mrs Thatcher’s private and party papers at the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge.

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