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John F. Kennedy Library oral history program

Repository: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Collection Description (Extant): The Oral History Program is one of the oldest continuing activities of the John F. Kennedy Library, and its goal is to collect, preserve, and make available interviews conducted with individuals who have recollections of events and people associated with John F. Kennedy. The collection totals more than 1,700 interviews which are meant to contribute to a more complete understanding of John F. Kennedy's life, of his Presidency, and of the major events and personalities of his time. Some of those interviewed are prominent public figures, others are relatively obscure private individuals who played limited or specialized roles in the history of the times. To add breadth, the collection includes interviews with members of Congress, administration officials, national and state political leaders, business and labor leaders, journalists, civil rights leaders, foreign government officials, and people who opposed Kennedy administration policies. In a similar manner, to supplement the personal papers of Robert F. Kennedy, the collection includes roughly 265 interviews focused around his career, concentrating on his role as Attorney General of the United States, Senator from New York, and candidate for the Presidency in 1968.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts are available online at,Nrc:id-14,N:16-25

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 1,600 items

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The JFK library also has other collections of sound recordings that address the civil rights movement; for a listing, see: Also Judge Gordon A. Martin deposited at the Kennedy Library the interview tapes used for his book, "Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote" (Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2010).
There is a guide available at the library to all items related to the civil rights movement.

Interviewees: Anthony B. Akers, Carl Albert, J. Lindsay Almond, Ross Barnett, Wes Barthelmes, William Batt, Orren Beaty, Berl Bernhard, Kenneth Birkhead, J. D. de Blieux, Haley Boogs, Hyman Bookbinder, Simeon Booker, Bernard Boutin, David Burke, Charles Sargeant Caldwell, Oscar C. Carr, Jr., Emanuel Celler, Arthur Chapin, Cesar Chavez, Abram Chayes, Issac Coggs, Leroy Collins, San Tiago Dantos, George Decker, Margaret Dixon, Paul Douglas, William Douglas, Allen Ellender, John S. Everton, James Farmer, Felix Frankfurter, Orville Freeman, Willam A. Geoghegan, Michael Gretchen, Gilbert Harrison, William Hartsfield, August Hecksher, John Henning, Aaron Henry, Theodore Hesburgh, Luther Hodges, J. J. Hooker, J. Horne, Charles Horsky, Barbara Ward Jackson, Nicholas Katzenbach, Robert Katzenmeier, Sidney Kellam, Robert F. Kennedy, Francis Keppel, Martin Luther King Jr., Arthur Krock, David Lawrence, Belford Lawson, Gould Lincoln, Walter Lippman, Norman Manley, Mike Mansfield, Burke Marshall, Thurgood Marshall, Louis Martin, Frank McCulloch, Ralph McGill, Samuel Merrick, Clarence Mitchell, Thruston Morton, Robert Nathan, Louis Oberdorfer, John Patterson, Claiborne Pell, Leander Perez, Thomas Quimby, Joseph Rauh, David Ray, Frank Reeves, Dean Rusk, Carl Sanders, Norbert Schlei, John Seigenthaler, David Shoup, George Smathers, Theodore Sorensen, Herman Talmadge, Raymond Telles, Herbert Tucker, Thomas Whicker, Lee C. White, Roy Wilkins, G. Mennen Williams, Harris Wofford, Adam Yarmolinsky

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


African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights--Cases
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
School integration
United States Commission on Civil Rights
United States. President


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