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.

Interviews

Respondent Position
Interviews not yet released.
Ronald Reagan—Miller Center

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William J. Clinton Presidential History Project

The Clinton Project was launched in 2001 as a collaborative effort between the Miller Center and the University of Arkansas Center for Oral and Visual History, with the cooperation and support of the Clinton Foundation. Drawing on the special strengths of each of these two centers, the Clinton Project has produced an oral history rivaling in depth any undertaken on an American president to date.

To date we have held interviews with more than seventy individuals, among them Samuel Berger, Warren Christopher, Lloyd Cutler, Thomas Foley, John Hilley, Harold Ickes, Christopher Jennings, Mickey Kantor, Anthony Lake, Jack Lew, Mack McLarty, Roy Neel, Leon Panetta, John Podesta, Janet Reno, Alice Rivlin, Lawrence Stein, and Lawrence Summers. read more →

Interviews

Respondent Position
Madeleine K. Albright U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Secretary of State
Roger Altman Deputy Secretary of Treasury
Charlene Barshefsky U.S. Trade Representative
Eileen Baumgartner Staff Director, U.S. House Committee on the Budget
Samuel R. Berger Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; National Security Advisor
Alan Blinder Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; member of Council of Economic Advisers
Charles Brain Director of Legislative Affairs
Warren Christopher and Strobe Talbott Christopher: Secretary of State; Talbott: Ambassador-at-Large to the former Soviet Republics (or New Independent States) and Deputy Secretary of State (1994-2001)
Henry Cisneros Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
David Cutler member of Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council
Thomas Daschle U.S. Senator
James Dyer Majority Staff Director of U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
Peter Edelman Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Counselor to HHS Secretary, Donna Shalala
Alphonso Michael Espy Secretary of Agriculture
Al From (2007) Domestic Policy Advisor to the Clinton Transition, Founder & CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council
Al From (2006) Domestic Policy Advisor to the Clinton Transition, Founder & CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council
William Galston Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Ben Goddard Co-founder, Goddard-Claussen
Stanley Greenberg (2005) Pollster
Stanley Greenberg (2007) Pollster
Vaclav Havel President of Czechoslovakia; President of the Czech Republic
John Gibbons and Lionel Johns (2006) Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kim Dae-jung President of South Korea
Michael (Mickey) Kantor U.S. Trade Representative; Secretary of Commerce
David Kusnet Chief Speechwriter
Anthony Lake (2002) National Security Advisor
Anthony Lake (2004) National Security Advisor
Marjorie Margolies Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
George Mitchell U.S. Senator
Roy M. Neel Al Gore's 1992 Campaign Manager; Chief of Staff to the Vice President; Deputy White House Chief of Staff
Leon Panetta Director of the Office of Management and Budget; Chief of Staff
William Perry Deputy Secretary of Defense; Secretary of Defense
Bruce Reed (February 2004) Domestic Policy Advisor
Bruce Reed (April 2004) Domestic Policy Advisor
Richard W. Riley Secretary of Education
Alice Rivlin Director of Office of Management and Budget
Charles Robb Governor of Virginia (1982-1986); U.S. Senator
Robert Rubin Director of National Economic Council; Secretary of Treasury
Eli Jay Segal Chief of Staff for Clinton's 1992 Campaign; CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Donna Shalala Secretary of Health and Human Services
John Shalikashvili Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
(Henry) Hugh Shelton Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Alan Simpson U.S. Senator
Nancy Soderberg Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 Campaign; Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Alternate Representative to the United Nations
John Hilley and Lawrence Stein John Hilley: Director of Legislative Affairs; Lawrence Stein: Director for Legislative Affairs
James Steinberg Director of Policy Planning (State Department); Deputy National Security Advisor
Strobe Talbott (2010) Ambassador-at-Large to the former Soviet Republics (or New Independent States); Deputy Secretary of State
Ronald Reagan—Miller Center

Miller Center

George W. Bush Oral Histories

On November 12, 2009, the George W. Bush Foundation announced that President George W. Bush selected the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia to conduct a comprehensive oral history of his presidency.

President Bush said, “I am delighted that the Miller Center of Public Affairs will record for history detailed interviews with key members of my administration. This oral history project will offer future generations a comprehensive look at what it was like to lead the country during some extraordinary challenges.”

Scholars of the George W. Bush Oral History Project will conduct interviews with the key figures of the Bush White House and Cabinet, as well as with outside political advisers, members of Congress and foreign leaders. The Miller Center plans to do approximately 100 interviews during the expected five‐year run of the project.

The Bush Oral History is a continuation of the work the Miller Center began in 1981 with its acclaimed Presidential Oral History Program, which has conducted extensive interview projects on Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton. Each of these projects has been undertaken with the endorsement of the president being studied.

“The 43rd presidency was, by any standard, among the most consequential of all in American history. We intend to hear directly from those who led the country during an exceptional time, to find out what the Bush presidency looked like from the inside—including both its successes and failures,” said Professor Russell Riley, chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program.

“This Oral History will provide future generations with a portrait of the Bush Presidency in the words of those who know it best, just as the Miller Center has done with four other presidents. I am immensely proud of our Oral History Program. The Miller Center is unparalleled in its study of the modern American presidency,” said Gerald L. Baliles, director of the Miller Center.

“Oral histories are an especially valuable complement to the paper and electronic records of the modern presidency, because much of the most important work of every White House is conducted orally,” said Professor Riley. “Our oral histories also fill an important void in knowledge about each presidency caused by the long delays in opening official presidential records.”

Cleared transcripts will be released to scholars and the public after completion of the project and will be archived at the Miller Center's Scripps Library.

Interviews

Respondent Position
Interviews not yet released.
Ronald Reagan—Miller Center

Miller Center

George H. W. Bush Oral Histories

The Bush Oral History Project was launched in 1999 as an ambitious effort to record for posterity the recollections and reflections of key figures in the Bush administration. Now completed, the Bush oral history consists of 44 interviews and roughly 425 hours of recorded interviews with cabinet members, senior presidential staff members, transition aides, and campaign advisors. Among those who have been interviewed to date are James Baker III, Dick CheneyDan Quayle, Brent Scowcroft, John SununuDick Thornburgh, and many others. more →

Interviews

Respondent Position
James A. Baker, III (2000) Secretary of State; Chief of Staff
James A. Baker, III (2011) Secretary of State; Chief of Staff
William P. Barr Assistant Attorney General; Deputy Attorney General; Attorney General
David Q. Bates, Jr. Secretary to the Cabinet; Assistant to the President; Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Michael Boskin Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors
Phillip D. Brady Assistant to Staff Secretary; Staff Secretary
Henry Catto Ambassador to the United Kingdom; Director of United States Information Agency
Richard B. Cheney Secretary of Defense
David F. Demarest, Jr. Assistant to the President; White House Communications Director
Edward J. Derwinski Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Craig Fuller Chief of Staff to Vice President Bush
Robert M. Gates Deputy Director of Central Intelligence; Deputy National Security Advisor; Director of Central Intelligence
Richard Haass Special Assistant to the President; National Security Council Staff’s Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs
Carla Hills United States Trade Representative
David Jeremiah Commander of the Pacific Fleet; Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Bobbie Greene Kilberg Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison; Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Timothy J. McBride Personal Aide to the President; Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development; Assistant to the President for Management
Frederick McClure Assistant for Legislative Affairs
Thomas Pickering Ambassador to the United Nations; Ambassador to India
James P. Pinkerton Deputy Assistant to the President for Policy Planning
Roman Popadiuk Deputy Assistant to the President; Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs; Ambassador to Ukraine
Colin Powell Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
J. Danforth Quayle Vice President
Sigmund Rogich Assistant to the President; Ambassador to Iceland
Dennis B. Ross State Department’s Director of Policy Planning
Brent Scowcroft National Security Advisor
John H. Sununu (06/2000) Chief of Staff
John H. Sununu (11/2000) Chief of Staff
Richard Thornburgh Attorney General
Chase Untermeyer Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel; Director of the Voice of America
Clayton Yeutter Secretary of Agriculture; Chairman of the Republican National Committee; National Policy Advisor
Ronald Reagan—Miller Center

Miller Center

Jimmy Carter Oral Histories

The first of the Miller Center's presidential oral history projects began in 1981 with the Center's ground-breaking work on the Jimmy Carter White House. The importance of this resource was accentuated by the fact that Carter was the first president elected in the post-Watergate era—meaning that there would be no Oval Office recordings for historians to mine in examining this administration. From 1981 to 1985, more than fifty members of the Carter administration—including President Carter himself—recorded oral history interviews, creating an important archive of primary source materials for students of Carter and his time. more →

Interviews

Respondent Position
Griffin Bell Attorney General
Robert Bergland Secretary of Agriculture
Zbigniew Brzezinski Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Bertram Carp Deputy Assistant for Domestic Affairs and Policy
Jimmy Carter President of the United States
Lloyd Cutler White House Counsel
Stuart Eizenstat Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs and Policy
Hamilton Jordan Advisor; White House Chief of Staff
Alfred E. Kahn Chairman of the Council on Wage and Price Stability; Advisor to the President on Inflation
Charles Kirbo Advisor; Close Friend to President Carter
Philip Klutznick Secretary of Commerce
Bert Lance Campaign Advisor; Office of Management and Budget Director
Ray Marshall Secretary of Labor
Alonzo McDonald Special Trade Representative; Director of the White House Staff
James McIntyre Office of Management and Budget Director
Richard Moe and Michael Berman Chief of Staff to the Vice President; Counsel; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President
Frank Moore Assistant to the President for Congressional Liaison
Jody Powell White House Press Secretary
Gerald M. Rafshoon White House Communications Director
James Schlesinger Secretary of Energy
Charles Schultze Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Jack H. Watson, Jr. Transition Director
Anne Wexler Assistant to the President for Public Liaison
Ronald Reagan—Miller Center

Miller Center

Ronald Reagan Oral Histories

The Ronald Reagan Oral History includes some forty-five interviews with those most closely involved in Reagan’s political career, including Cabinet members, White House staff, and campaign advisors. Among those who have been interviewed are Richard Allen, Frank Carlucci, James Miller, George Shultz, William Webster, and Caspar Weinberger. Copies of the transcripts are housed at the Miller Center’s Scripps Library and at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. more →

Interviews

Respondent Position
Kenneth Adelman Director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Richard Allen Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Annelise Anderson Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget
Martin Anderson Assistant to the President for Policy Development
Howard H. Baker, Jr. Senate Majority Leader; White House Chief of Staff
James A. Baker, III White House Chief of Staff; Secretary of the Treasury
Aram Bakshian, Jr. Director of Speechwriting
Otis Bowen, M.D. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Frank Carlucci Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Secretary of Defense
William P. Clark Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; Secretary of the Interior
A.B. Culvahouse White House Counsel
Michael Deaver Deputy Chief of Staff
Joanne Drake Chief of Staff, Office of Ronald Reagan
Fred Fielding White House Counsel
Max Friedersdorf Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Peter Hannaford Campaign Advisor
Edwin Harper Assistant to the President for Policy Development; Deputy OMB Director
John Hutton, M.D. White House Physician
E. Pendleton James Director, Office of Presidential Personnel
Kenneth Khachigian Chief Speechwriter
James Kuhn Personal Aide to the President
Paul Laxalt U.S. Senator
Edwin Meese, III Counsellor to the President; Attorney General
James Miller Director, Office of Management and Budget
Lyn Nofziger Assistant to the President for Political Affairs
Kathleen Osborne Personal Assistant
Edward Rowny Special Representative for Arms Control and Disarmament Negotiations
Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling; Chief of Staff, Office of Ronald Reagan
George P. Shultz Secretary of State
Abraham D. Sofaer State Department Legal Advisor
Stuart Spencer Campaign Advisor
Robert Tuttle and Maureen Molloy Director, Office of Presidential Personnel
Peter Wallison White House Counsel
William H. Webster FBI Director; Director of Central Intelligence
Caspar Weinberger Secretary of Defense
Charles Z. Wick Director, United States Information Agency