Tyrus W. Cobb Papers

Identifier: NC1330

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials related to Cobb's time in the White House working with President Ronald Reagan as National Security Affairs Special Advisor; items concerning work after time in public office; and materials from his time serving in Vietnam.


  • 1962-2017


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Tyrus William Cobb was born on April 15, 1940 to Olga (Glusovich) and Tyrus R. Cobb in Reno, Nevada. A third generation Nevadan, he graduated from Reno High School in 1958 and attended the University of Reno, Nevada from 1958-1962. Cobb also received a Master's degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

From 1963-1987, Cobb served in the U.S. Army, eventually reaching the rank of Colonel, spending time overseas in Vietnam, Germany, and Italy. During that time, he was also a tenured professor at West Point, from 1977-1983. He has lectured at many major universities in the U.S, the Soviet Union/Russia, and China on a variety of foreign relations topics.

Cobb's first position in the White House was as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan for national security affairs from 1983-1989. He has also served as Director of Soviet, European and Canadian Affairs, and, from 1987-1989, as Special Assistant to the President for International Security Issues. He was the Executive Secretary for President Reagan's summits with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in 1985 and Reykjavik in 1986.

After Reagan's tenure in the White House ended, Cobb became the President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security from 1991-1995, and President/CEO of the Yosemite National Institutes from 1995-2002. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 until he retired as a Colonel in 1987. As of 2017, Cobb is the CEO of the Northern Nevada Network and is a member of the National Security Forum.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Colonel Tyrus William Cobb (1940- ) is a third-generation Nevadan who worked under President Ronald Reagan as a national security advisor as well as the Director of Soviet, European, and Canadian Affairs. Collection contains materials related to Cobb's time working under President Reagan, as well as information from his time in Vietnam and as a professional outside the White House. Collection materials include photos, newspaper clippings, and other documents.


Arranged chronologically within subject areas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Tyrus W. Cobb in June 2018.



Guide to the Tyrus W. Cobb Papers
Jessica Maddox
July 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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