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Dean Rusk oral history project

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

Collection Description (CRHP): Topics include civil rights movements and integration in the federal government.

Collection Description (Extant): The collection consists of 185 oral history interviews relating to Dean Rusk's life and career from the 1910s through the 1980s. Interviews began as an endeavor to provide Dean Rusk's son Richard Rusk and Thomas Shoenbaum, former Director of the Rusk Center at the University of Georgia, with material for their respective projects: Richard Rusk's biography of his father, "As I Saw It" (1990), and Shoenbaum's book, "Waging Peace and War: Dean Rusk in the Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson Years" (1989). Interviews commenced in Alaska with Richard Rusk in 1984, and Schoenbaum later joined him as an interviewer at the Rusk Center through the project's completion in 1989. Dean Rusk is the principal interviewee, although several of his collegues from the State Department and other contemporaries as well as University of Georgia professors also participated in the interviews. The interviews contain information on Rusk's service as U.S. Under Secretary and Secretary of State during the administrations of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson and his involvement in foreign relations including the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. Interviews also document his position as head of the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1950s.

Access Copy Note: Audiocassettes and transcripts of the interviews are available for research at the Russell Library. Registered researchers may request oral history transcripts through Interlibrary Loan. Some oral histories are closed or restricted.

Date(s): 1984-1989

Extent: 185 interviews

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Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the Dean Rusk Personal Papers at the University of Georgia.

Interviewees: Dean Rusk

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


Discrimination in employment
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
United States--Politics and government


Sound recordings


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