Miller Center

Presidential Recordings

Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. The tapes chronicle these presidents' deliberations and decisions during such critical events as the prelude to the Second World War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the opening to China .

In 1998, the Miller Center began work on the secret White House recordings produced between 1940 and 1973 through the Presidential Recordings Project (now the Presidential Recordings Program or PRP). The PRP is dedicated to making presidential recordings accessible through accurate transcriptions, helpful annotations and downloadable audio files.

Click on a president below to begin browsing the recordings.