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Richard B. Russell, Jr. oral history project

Repository: University of Georgia. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description (Extant): The collection consists of 175 oral history interviews relating to the personal and political life of Richard B. Russell. Interviewees include members of the Russell family, his staff and interns, other senators and public figures, and friends. The primary interviewer was Hugh Cates, a public relations manager at Southern Bell and secretary of the Russell Foundation (1977-1981). Most of the interviews were recorded between 1971 and 1979, but the majority during 1971 after Senator Russell's death. Other interviewers outside of the Russell Foundation Oral History Project include: William Stueck, Karen Kelly, Barboura Raesly, Robert G. Stephens, Jr., Dwight L. Freshley, Tom Jackson, Angus Hepburn, and Russell Library staff. Interviews provide insight into Senator Russell's political career as State Representative, Governor, and U.S. Senator, his views on various topics such as civil rights and Vietnam, and his personality and family life.

In November 2002, the Russell Foundation celebrated the 105th anniversary of Senator Russell's birth and at the celebratory events in Athens, Russell Library staff interviewed interns and pages who worked on Senator Russell's patronage and one former staff member. Interviewees discuss their experiences as a part of Russell's student patronage program between 1957 and1971, and as a part of Russell's office.

Date(s): 1971-2002

Extent: 175 interviews

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Richard B. Russell, Sr. Papers

Interviewees: Milton Ruben Young, Edward Brooke, Allen Joseph Ellender, Millard Gomez, Barboura G. Raesly, Henry Edward Russell, William C. Harris, Modine Thomas, William Proxmire, Samuel Ernest Vandiver, Mary Willie Russell Green, Ina Russell Stacy, Joseph Maxwell Cleland, Frank Arthur Hooper, John A. Goldsmith, Floyd Millard Riddick, Roger Harrison Mudd, Richard Milhous Nixon, James Lynwood Bentley, Jr., Spencer Monroe Grayson, Craig MacArthur Hosmer, Robert Battey Troutman, Sr.

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

Subjects:

Busing for school integration
Georgia--Race relations
Politicians
Poll tax
Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
School integration
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964
United States. Congress. Senate

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings

 

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