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Oral History

The Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project

in partnership with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia

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.

MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT

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 the below 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.

Please email ohp@emkinstitute.org for further information about the project.

OPENING CEREMONY

An opening ceremony heralded the completion and public launch of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project on September 30, 2015. Michael Beschloss offered an historical overview and Judy Woodruff lead distinguished panelists in a conversation about Civil Rights: The March for Progress.

View Ceremony Video Here

Interviews (A-Z by last name)

Gerry Adams Oral History

Dermot Ahern Oral History

Bertie Ahern Oral History

Stuart Altman Oral History

Nan Aron Oral History

Melody Barnes Oral History

William G. Barry Oral History

Robert Bates Oral History (5/2007)

Robert Bates Oral History (7/2007)

Birch Bayh Oral History

Samuel Beer Oral History

Joseph R. Biden Oral History

Jeffrey Blattner Oral History

David Blumenthal Oral History

David Boies Oral History

David Bowen, Mark Childress, Michael Myers Oral History

Stephen Breyer Oral History (9/2008)

Stephen Breyer Oral History (6/2008)

David Broder Oral History

Edward W. Brooke Oral History

David Burke Oral History (2007)

David Burke Oral History (2008)

Sheila Burke Oral History

Robert C. Byrd Oral History

Mary Beth Cahill Oral History

Joseph Califano Oral History

Philip Caper Oral History

Richard Clasby Oral History

Adam Clymer Oral History

Thad Cochran Oral History

Ranny Cooper Oral History (2007)

Ranny Cooper Oral History (2008)

Thomas Costin Oral History

Gregory Craig Oral History

John Culver Oral History (09/2009)

John Culver Oral History (06/2007)

John Culver Oral History (03/2005)

Stephanie Cutter Oral History

John Danforth Oral History

Thomas A. Daschle Oral History

Dale DeHaan Oral History

Eugene A. Dellea Oral History

John D. Dingell, Jr. Oral History

E.J. Dionne Oral History

Gerard Doherty Oral History

Robert Dole Oral History

Sean Donlon, Garret Fitzgerald, Michael Lillis Oral History

Paul Donovan Oral History

John W. Douglas Oral History

Donald Dowd Oral History

Michael Dukakis Oral History

Thomas Francis Eagleton Oral History

Stuart Eizenstat Oral History

Michael Enzi Oral History (2006)

David Espo Oral History

John A. Farrell Oral History

Anthony S. Fauci Oral History

Judy Feder Oral History

Rashi Fein Oral History

Kenneth Feinberg Oral History

Dan H. Fenn, Jr. Oral History

Lee Fentress Oral History

Charles Ferris, Aide to Senator Mike Mansfield

Max Fine Oral History

Alice Fitzgerald and Patricia Hagan Oral History

Robert P. Fitzgerald, Sr. Oral History

Garret FitzGerald Oral History

James Flug Oral History (11/2007)

James Flug Oral History (12/4/2007)

James Flug Oral History (12/18/2007)

Wyche Fowler Oral History

Mary Frackleton Oral History

Michael J. Frazier Oral History

John Kenneth Galbraith, diplomat and Harvard faculty member

Ann Gargan Oral History

Connie Garner Oral History (2008)

Connie Garner Oral History (2010)

Kilvert Dun Gifford Oral History

Leroy Goldman Oral History

Willis D. Gradison, Jr. Oral History

Marcia Greenberger, Copresident of National Women’s Law Center

Ellen Guiney Oral History Oral History

Ellen Guiney Oral History

Milton Gwirtzman Oral History (05/2009)

Milton Gwirtzman Oral History (08/2009)

Charles Haar Oral History

Timothy Hanan Oral History

Brian and Alma Hart Oral History

Terry Hartle Oral History

Orrin Hatch Oral History

Robert Healy Oral History

Antonia Hernandez Oral History

John Hilley Oral History

Claude Jr. Hooton Oral History

Larry Horowitz Oral History (4/15/2008)

Larry Horowitz Oral History (4/16/2008)

Larry Horowitz Oral History (2010)

John Hume Oral History

Robert Hunter Oral History

Lester Hyman Oral History

Michael Iskowitz Oral History (2007)

Michael Iskowitz Oral History (2008)

John F. Jennings Oral History

Christopher Jennings, Senior healthcare advisor under Bill Clinton

Stanley Jones Oral History (03/2007)

Stanley Jones Oral History (09/2007)

Jan Kalicki Oral History

Nancy Kassebaum Oral History

Boris And Natalya Katz Oral History

Nicholas Katzenbach Oral History

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (10/8/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (3/20/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (5/08/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (8/15/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (01/06/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (11/29/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (02/12/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Oral History (12/1/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (05/30/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (03/23/2005)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (6/3/2005)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (6/17/2005)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (2/27/2006)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (10/14/2005)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (4/3/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (5/31/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (8/7/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (8/8/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (10/9/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (12/9/2007)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (1/7/2008)

Edward M. Kennedy Oral History (3/28/2008)

Edward Kennedy Jr., Kara Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy Oral History

Victoria R. Kennedy Oral History

John Kerry Oral History

David Kessler Oral History

James King Oral History

Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Oral History (11/2005)

Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Oral History (06/2007)

C. Everett Koop Oral History

Barnett Alexander �"Sandy�" Kress Oral History

Mathilde Krim Oral History

Kathleen Kruse, Cultural Policy Advisor, Senior Counselor

Barbara Lahage Oral History

Patrick Leahy Oral History

John Lewis Oral History

Anthony Lewis Oral History

Judith Lichtman Oral History

Nick Littlefield Oral History (5/3/2008)

Nick Littlefield Oral History (5/4/2008)

Nick Littlefield Oral History (6/30/2008)

Nick Littlefield Oral History (7/1/2008)

Nick Littlefield Oral History (2/14/2009)

Nick Littlefield Oral History (2/15/2009)

George Cabot Lodge Oral History

Olatunde Johnson Oral History

Chester Trent Lott Oral History

Richard Lugar Oral History

Nance Lyons Oral History

Neil Macneil Oral History

Ira Magaziner Oral History

James Manley Oral History

Thurgood Marshall, JR. Oral History

Edward Martin Oral History

Charles Mathias Oral History

John McCain Oral History

Paul McDaniel Oral History

Cindy McGinty Oral History

Alice McGoff Oral History

George McGovern Oral History

Barbara Mikulski Oral History

George Miller Oral History

Melody Miller Oral History (07/2008)

Melody Miller Oral History (10/2008)

Melvin Miller Oral History

George Mitchell Oral History

Walter Mondale Oral History

James Mongan Oral History

Ellis Mottur Oral History (10/2006)

Ellis Mottur Oral History (11/2006)

Michael Myers Oral History (10/16/2009)

Michael Myers Oral History (2006)

Ralph Neas Oral History

David Nexon Oral History

Martin Nolan Oral History

Niall O'Dowd Oral History

Sean O'Huiginn Oral History

Barack Obama Oral History

Esther Olavarria Oral History

Thomas Oliphant Oral History (11/15/2006)

Thomas Oliphant Oral History (3/14/2007)

Carolyn Osolinik Oral History

Joel Packer Oral History

Peter Parham Oral History

Carey Parker Oral History (09/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (10/06/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (10/13/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (10/20/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (10/27/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (11/10/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (11/17/2008)

Carey Parker Oral History (12/2008)

Thomas Payzant Oral History

Nancy Pelosi Oral History

Danica Petroshius Oral History

Elizabeth Philipps Oral History

Caroline Raclin Oral History

Curran Raclin Oral History

Ken Regan Oral History

Doris and Edmund Reggie Oral History (8/2005)

Doris and Edmund Reggie Oral History (12/2008)

Harry Reid Oral History

Albert Reynolds Oral History

Donald Riegle Oral History (7/8/2008)

Donald Riegle Oral History (9/1/2009)

Richard Riley Oral History

Terri Haddad Robinson Oral History (7/22/2009)

Terri Haddad Robinson Oral History (8/25/2009)

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (03/2009)

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (04/2009)

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (05/12/2009)

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (05/14/2009)

Warren Rudman Oral History

Mona Sarfaty, Health-care staffer

Patti B. Saris Oral History

James Ralph Sasser Oral History

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Oral History

Mark Schneider Oral History (2/04/2009)

Mark Schneider Oral History (2/2/2009)

Elizabeth Shannon Oral History

Stuart Shapiro Oral History (04/2009)

Stuart Shapiro Oral History (05/2009)

Robert Shriver III and Maria Shriver Oral History

Robert Shrum Oral History (7/6/2009)

Robert Shrum Oral History (7/7/2009)

John Siegenthaler Oral History

Alan Simpson Oral History

Marshall (Mike) Smith Oral History

Nancy Soderberg Oral History

Theodore C. Sorensen Oral History (2005)

Theodore C. Sorensen Oral History (2006)

Barbara Souliotis Oral History (2005)

Barbara Souliotis Oral History (2009)

Margaret Spellings Oral History

Clayton Spencer, chief education counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Anne Strauss Oral History

Thomas Susman Oral History

David Sutphen Oral History

William Taylor Oral History (01/2007)

William Taylor Oral History (02/2007)

Betty Taymor Oral History

Charles Tretter Oral History

Laurence H. Tribe Oral History

John Tunney Oral History (2007)

John Tunney Oral History (2009)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Oral History

William J. Vanden Heuvel Oral History (2005)

William J. Vanden Heuvel Oral History (2006)

Trina Vargo Oral History

Galina Veremkroit Oral History (formally Nizhnikov)

John W. Warner Oral History

Sharon Waxman Oral History (2008)

Sharon Waxman Oral History (2009)

Sharon Waxman Oral History

Sharon Waxman Oral History

Ronald Weich Oral History

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Oral History

Burt V. Wides Oral History

Angela Williams Oral History

James Sterling Young Oral History

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