Oral History Project at the Miller Center
The Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project, created in partnership with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, is a compilation of interviews from current and former members of the Senate, House, administration officials, foreign leaders, Senate staff, issue advocates, journalists, family and friends documenting Senator Kennedy’s service.
On December 6, 2004, the Kennedy Project was officially launched in a ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. This oral history will create an archive of spoken recollections and reflections that illuminates Senator Kennedy’s public life, his vocation, the institution in which he has served and the political world in which he has moved.
The interviews cover a broad range of politically and biographically important topics, including Kennedy’s pre-Senate years and learning of politics, his relationship to his brothers and their career choices, his rise to the Senate leadership, his political style, his Senate and presidential campaigns, his public causes and how he sought to advance them, and his legacy.
In addition to interviews with Senator Kennedy, other interviewees include family, friends, classmates, relevant campaign staffers, state and national party officials, key members of his Senate office, selected members of Congress and the executive branch, intellectuals, journalists, community activists, and selected public figures.
The end product is a collection of transcripts and audio recordings of oral history interviews that includes two primary elements: Senator Kennedy’s own recollections and reflections, consisting of an extended series of recorded interviews with him; and the recollections and observations of individuals whose acquaintances or relationships with Senator Kennedy have figured most prominently in his life and career.