Miller Center

Presidential Studies

Presidential Studies is comprised of the Miller Center Presidential Oral History Program and the Presidential Recordings Program.

Presidential Oral History

The Miller Center's Oral History scholars conduct the sole program in the country which has assiduously collected the oral histories of each presidential administration since Jimmy Carter's, interviewing scores of officials in each administration. Notably, administrations in office commit far less to writing today than in days past, in part because of phones, in part because of subpoenas. Carefully conducted oral history accordingly is a truly essential resource for capturing in first hand impressions what has transpired at the highest levels of government. In addition to presidential oral histories, the Center has also begun to conduct senatorial oral histories.

Presidential Recordings

The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings scholars conduct the sole program in the country which is transcribing and annotating the secret White House recordings made by Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon during the critical "hinge years" in the life of the nation between 1961 and 1974. These tapes provide a stunning window into the humanity and dynamic tensions, as well as the day-in-and-day-out routine, of the modern presidency.


George H. W. Bush Jimmy Carter George W. Bush Lyndon B. Johnson Richard Nixon John F. Kennedy Carter and Clinton Ronald Reagan
The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, following Jefferson's vision of the University's public service mission, is a leading public policy institution that serves as a national meeting place where engaged citizens, scholars, students, media representatives and government officials gather in a spirit of nonpartisan consensus to research, reflect and report on issues of national importance to the governance of the United States, with special attention to the central role and history of the presidency.
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