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Eisenhower administration project

Repository: Columbia University. Center for Oral History

Collection Description (CRHP): See the interviews with:

Dale Alford, Member of Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1955-58; Congressman from Arkansas, 1959-63.
J. Bill Becker, Arkansas labor union official involved in Arkansas civil rights activities.
Wiley Austin Branton, Attorney involved in Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957-59; Director, Voter Education Project, Southern Regional Council, 1962-65; Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General, 1965-67.
Vivion Brewer, President of the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1958-60.
Herbert Brownell, Active in the Eisenhower Campaign, 1952; Attorney General of the United States, 1953-57.
Richard C. Butler, Special Counsel for the Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1956-59.
Dr. William G. Cooper, Jr., President of Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1957.
George Douthit, Reporter for the Arkansas Democrat during the Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957-59.
Harold Engstrom, Member of Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1957.
Orval E. Faubus, Governor of Arkansas, 1955-67.
Amis Guthridge, Attorney involved with Capital Citizens Council during the Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957-59.
Brooks Hays, Congressman from Arkansas, 1943-59; involved in Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957.
A. F. House, Attorney for Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1957-58.
Patricia House, Vice President of the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1958-60.
Elizabeth Huckaby, Vice Principal for girls, Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School, 1957-59.
James T. Karam, Associate of Governor Orval Faubus during Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957.
R. A. Lile, Member of Little Rock, Arkansas, school board, 1957-58.
Sidney McMath, Governor of Arkansas, 1949-53, re the Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957.
Hugh Patterson, Jr., Publisher, Arkansas Gazette, at time of Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957.
Terrell E. Powell, Principal, Hall High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957-58; Superintendent of Schools, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1958-61.
Wesley Pruden, President of the Citizens Council during Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957-58.
Irene Samuel, Leader of the Women's Emergency Committee during the Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis in 1957-59.
William T. Shelton, City editor, Arkansas Gazette, at time of Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis, 1957-59.
Robert G. Storey, Member, Commission on Reorganization of the Executive Branch of Government, 1953-55; Vice Chairman, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, 1957-63.
Everett Tucker, Jr., Member of Little Rock, Arkansas, school board, 1958-65
Wayne Upton, Member of Little Rock, Arkansas school board, 1957-58.
E. Grainger Williams, President of the Little Rock, Arkansas, Chamber of Commerce during school integration crisis, 1957-59.
Henry Woods, Attorney involved in Arkansas politics and Little Rock, Arkansas, school integration crisis, 1957-59.

Collection Description (Extant): This project gathered firsthand testimony from major players in the Eisenhower Administration (1953-1961), as well as the recollections of observers and of those knowledgeable about special aspects. In addition to General Dwight D. Eisenhower and members of his family, the list of participants includes members of the White House staff, cabinet members, political advisers, members of Congress, administrators, scientists, journalists, ambassadors, military and civilian specialists, and others in a position to testify about trends and events of the period.

Among topics well documented are the Republican conventions and campaigns of 1952 and 1956, the functioning of White House advisers and staff, the President's relations with his cabinet, the functioning of the Bureau of the Budget and various independent agencies, relations with the press, scientific developments, and other special aspects too numerous to mention, the whole interlaced with anecdotes about major and minor episodes in public life in the 1950s. Of special interest include a series of interviews done in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the school integration crisis there is of particular interest.

Access Copy Note: This collection is also held at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas. See http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/Oral_Histories/Oral_Histories.html for more extensive descriptions of interviews. Some transcripts are available on this website.

Collection URL: http://oralhistoryportal.cul.columbia.edu/document.php?id=ldpd_4074583 External Link

Date(s): 1962-1972

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: OHC0000829

Extent: 380 Interviews; Typescript (35,597 p)

Language: English

Interviewees: Dale Alford, J. Bill Becker, Wiley Austin Branton, Vivion Brewer, Herbert Brownell, Richard C. Butler, William G. Cooper, Jr., George Douthit, Harold Engstrom, Orval E. Faubus, Amis Guthridge, Brooks Hays, A. F. House, Patricia House, Elizabeth Huckaby, James T. Karam, R. A. Lile, Sidney McMath, Hugh Patterson, Jr., Terrell E. Powell, Wesley Pruden, Irene Samuel, William T. Shelton, Robert G. Storey, Everett Tucker, Jr., Wayne Upton, Henry Woods

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.)
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Journalists
Lawyers
Politicians
School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock
Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (Little Rock, Ark.)

Genres:

Interviews
Transcripts

 

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