Miller Center

Edward M. Kennedy Oral Histories

On December 6, 2004, the Kennedy Project was officially launched in a ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. This oral history will create an archive of spoken recollections and reflections that illuminates Senator Kennedy's public life, his vocation, the institution in which he has served and the political world in which he has moved.

The interviews cover a broad range of politically and biographically important topics, including Kennedy's pre-Senate years and learning of politics, his relationship to his brothers and their career choices, his rise to the Senate leadership, his political style, his Senate and presidential campaigns, his public causes and how he sought to advance them, and his legacy.

In addition to interviews with Senator Kennedy, we are interviewing others who have known him in various contexts, from various vantage points and at various times in his life. Other interviewees include family, friends, classmates, relevant campaign staffers, state and national party officials, key members of his Senate office, selected members of Congress and the executive branch, intellectuals, journalists, community activists, and selected public figures.

The end product will be a collection of transcripts and audio recordings of oral history interviews that includes two primary elements: Senator Kennedy's own recollections and reflections, consisting of an extended series of recorded interviews with him; and the recollections and observations of individuals whose acquaintances or relationships with Senator Kennedy have figured most prominently in his life and career.

James Sterling Young serves as Project Director of the Kennedy Oral History Project.

The Presidential Oral History Program directs and conducts all aspects of the Kennedy Project according to the stated Kennedy Project Policies and Procedures.

The estimated duration of the Kennedy Project is approximately six years. Cleared transcripts will be released to scholars and the public after completion of the project and will be archived at the repository of Edward M. Kennedy's papers and at the Miller Center's Scripps Library.


Respondent Position
Interviews not yet released.