The Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program is systematically and comprehensively debriefing the principal figures in the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton, with plans to do the same for future presidents. The program is addressing the gap in the written historical record with the personal perspectives of key administration players, describing major events and decisions in their own words. Formerly the purview of presidential libraries, today the Miller Center is the only institution taking on this work in a comprehensive way.
In addition to its work on Presidential Oral History, the Program conducts oral histories of subjects and individuals closely related to the study of presidential politics (e.g. the Falklands War Roundtable and the Lloyd Cutler Biographical Oral History Project). As these Oral Histories are opened to the public, the Scripps Library will make them available.
The Scripps Library is also making available other oral history projects related to the American presidency.
Selected interviews from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library's extensive oral history collection. Currently 41 interviews are available.
Selected interviews from the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library's oral history collection.
The first Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History project began in 1981. The Carter project conducted 26 interviews. 14 interviews are currently available.
Conducted by the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program. The Reagan project conducted 45 interviews. 22 interviews are currently available.
Conducted by the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program in conjunction with the Institute of Contemporary British History, the Falklands War Roundtable captures the recollections of key participants from the Reagan administration who were involved in the Falklands crisis.
On three occasions in the summer of 2003 the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program spent a full day with Washington attorney Lloyd Cutler to record an oral history of Cutler’s life and times. The first two interviews are currently available.