Miller Center

Ronald Reagan Oral History

In August 2001, with the cooperation of the Reagan Library, the Miller Center began an oral history of key figures in the political life of Ronald Reagan to capture for posterity the words of these individuals who knew Reagan most intimately. Nancy Reagan has observed that the Miller Center "has become a valuable part of our lives as it works closely with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to create a definitive oral history of the Reagan presidency"

The project is now completed and 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.

As a special supplement to the Reagan Oral History, the Falklands Roundtable was designed to capture the recollections of key participants from the Reagan administration who were involved in the Falklands crisis, including Jeane Kirkpatrick and Caspar Weinberger.

Cleared transcripts were released to the public on January 29, 2006 and are available online. Hard copies of the transcripts are housed at the Miller Center's Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive, and at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Read the Interviews.

On February 6, 2006, the Miller Center hosted a day-long event to commemorate the release of the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. The panels included seven former members of the Reagan administration and two scholars on the Reagan presidency. To view or listen to the sessions, visit the links below:

Session 1: Understanding Ronald Reagan (Stephen Knott, James Kuhn, Peter Hannaford)
Session 2: Reagan and Foreign Policy (Kiron Skinner, Kenneth Adelman, Peter Wallison)
Session 3: Reagan and Domestic Policy (Fred Fielding, James Miller, Ed Meese)

Resources

Reagan Project in the News

Stephen Knott

On January 24, 2006, Oral History scholar Stephen Knott appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss the upcoming release of the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Also appearing on the program to discuss the Project were Presidential Historian Robert Dallek and University of Arizona Professor of History, Michael Schaller. Listen to the program.

David Broder

When Partisan Venom Didn't Rule
Washington Post, January 29, 2006

Calvin Woodward

Aide: Reagan Warned Before Beirut Blast
Washington Post, January 29, 2006

Carlos Santos

Aides Reminisce about Reagan
Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 31, 2006

Sarah Peeden

Miller Center Preserves Reagan's Presidential Legacy in Interviews
Cavalier Daily, January 31, 2006

Jeffrey L. Chidester

Friendship Has Its Benefits
Toronto Star, February 2, 2006

Jeffrey L. Chidester

Those Who Forget History
Chattanooga Times-Free Press, February 5, 2006

Melanie Mayhew

UVa Presents Reagan Through Interviews
Daily Progress, February 5, 2006

Melanie Mayhew

Friends Recall Reagan's Role
Daily Progress, February 7, 2006

Dan Balz

Oral Histories of Reagan Offer Glimpse of President
Washington Post, February 20, 2006

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