Sale 22BP02 | Lot 37

REAGAN, RONALD Inscribed yearbook and autograph letter to his Eureka College roommate.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
REAGAN, RONALD  Inscribed yearbook and autograph letter to his Eureka College roommate.

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Lot 37
REAGAN, RONALD Inscribed yearbook and autograph letter to his Eureka College roommate.
A group of items comprising two yearbooks, one signed letter, and some ephemera all described as follows. The Yearbook: The 1931 Eureka College yearbook, known as The Prism, in its original binding, inscribed by Reagan as "Dutch" to his roommate James R. Harrison on p. 67. 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (27 x 19 cm). Some toning within and soiling to covers, with numerous other inscriptions to Harrison within; The autograph letter signed dated 14 June 1955, one page in ink signed "Dutch," with the original mailing envelope in Reagan's hand, usual folds, else fine; The Eureka College Prism for 1930, depicting Reagan as a freshman on p. 51, similarly worn to the other, this volume without inscriptions; The ephemera being clippings, a 1930 Eureka College bulletin, and a carbon copy of a 1966 letter from Harrison to Reagan.

The Eureka College yearbook from 1931, future president Ronald Reagan's sophomore year, inscribed to his roommate James R. Harrison using his nickname "Dutch." Reagan's inscription is over his image in the spread of football players and reads: "Best of luck & success to the roommate. Remembering the stock of glasses. Yours in the band. 'Dutch.'" The text on this page describes the football season and notes that "Reagan advanced from last year's second squad to the first team this year. He never gives up when the odds are against him, 'Dutch' made is letter easily this season and should be a mainstay next year." Reagan is also pictured in this yearbook along with his fraternity brothers on page 89 and with the sophomore class on p. 45. In the letter, written just over 20 years since graduation, Reagan admits he is "the world's worst letter writer" and expresses regret at not being able to attend commencement at Eureka that year. He hopes to get there in the fall as "like you I feel the importance of keeping schools like Eureka alive." Reagan closes with comment that it was great to see Harrison and that he hopes "we can see each other before another twenty years go by. Yours in the band. Dutch."


Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold for $5,040 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold for $5,040 (includes buyer's premium)

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