UCSB Library’s Department of Special Collections has recently acquired the papers of author Lou Cannon, former White House correspondent and noted biographer of Ronald Reagan. He has also authored an extensive social history of the Rodney King beatings and the resultant 1992 Los Angeles riots.
"The Ronald Reagan and the Rodney King archives that are now housed in Special Collections at UC Santa Barbara represent my life's work, and I'm pleased they've found such a good home," said Cannon.
Cannon’s works include Ronnie and Jesse: A Political Odyssey (1969); Reagan (1982); President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (1991); Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (2003); and Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997).
"On behalf of UC Santa Barbara, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Lou and Mary Cannon for choosing our campus to receive their extraordinary gift of the Lou Cannon – Rodney King, Los Angeles Riots archive," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang. "We are also immensely grateful to UCSB Foundation Trustee Sara Miller McCune, Patricia Van Every, and the Donald T. Leahy Trust for their generous support to help us acquire Lou's Ronald Reagan archive. Together these papers represent an important and valuable legacy. We appreciate the devotion of both Lou and Mary for making these papers available for study by future generations of scholars, and we are honored to be chosen as the home for this historic body of work."