Oral History

The Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project

Publicly Launched September 30th, 2015

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

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. Following the launch of this collection, the Institute is planning an annual speaker series that will draw on this resource to highlight current and future national issues before the U.S. Senate.

PUBLIC LAUNCH AND PROGRAM

A grand opening ceremony heralded the completion and public launch of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project on September 30, 2015. The ceremony marked the beginning of an Annual Public Program Series featuring a broad range of politically and biographically important topics, illuminated in the EMK Oral History. Michael Beschloss offered an historical overview and Judy Woodruff lead distinguished panelists in a conversation about Civil Rights: The March for Progress.

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 program.

Interviews (A-Z by first name)

Gerry Adams Oral History, President, Sinn Féin Party

Bertie Ahern Oral History, Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland

Dermot Ahern Oral History, Ireland’s foreign minister

Stuart Altman Oral History

Nan Aron Oral History

Melody Barnes Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

William G. Barry Oral History

Robert Bates Oral History (7/2007), Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Robert Bates Oral History (5/2007), Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Birch Bayh Oral History

Samuel Beer Oral History, Professor, Harvard University; president of Americans for Democratic Action

Joseph R. Biden Oral History

Jeffrey Blattner Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

David Blumenthal Oral History, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

David Boies Oral History, Chief Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee

David Bowen, Mark Childress, Michael Myers Oral History

Stephen Breyer Oral History (9/2008), Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Stephen Breyer Oral History (6/2008), Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

David Broder Oral History, Journalist, White House Press Corps

Edward W. Brooke Oral History, Senator, Massachusetts

David Burke Oral History (2007), Chief of Staff to Edward Kennedy; President of CBS News

David Burke Oral History (2008), Chief of Staff to Edward Kennedy; President of CBS News

Sheila Burke Oral History, Chief of Staff to Robert Dole; Senate Finance Committee Aid

Robert C. Byrd Oral History, Senator, West Virginia

Mary Beth Cahill Oral History

Joseph Califano Oral History

Philip Caper Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Richard Clasby Oral History, Friend of Edward Kennedy

Adam Clymer Oral History, Reporter, The New York Times

Thad Cochran Oral History, Senator, Mississippi

Ranny Cooper Oral History (2007)

Ranny Cooper Oral History (2008)

Thomas Costin Oral History, Kennedy supporter; former Postmaster

Gregory Craig Oral History, White House Counsel; Foreign Policy Advisor to Edward Kennedy and Madeline Albright

John Culver Oral History (09/2009), Senator, Iowa; Legislative Assistant to Edward Kennedy; friend

John Culver Oral History (06/2007), Senator, Iowa; staffer for Edward Kennedy; friend

John Culver Oral History (03/2005), Senator, Iowa; staffer for Edward Kennedy; friend

Stephanie Cutter Oral History

John Danforth Oral History, Senator, Missouri; US Permanent Representative to United Nations

Thomas A. Daschle Oral History, Senate Majority Leader; Senator, South Dakota

Dale DeHaan Oral History

Eugene A. Dellea Oral History, Campaign aide

John D. Dingell, Jr. Oral History, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan

E.J. Dionne Oral History

Gerard Doherty Oral History, Attorney; Kennedy volunteer; friend of Edward Kennedy

Robert Dole Oral History, Senator, Kansas

Sean Donlon, Garret Fitzgerald, Michael Lillis Oral History

Paul Donovan Oral History

John W. Douglas Oral History, Assistant Attorney General; Civil Rights Advocate

Donald Dowd Oral History, Campaign aide

Michael Dukakis Oral History, Governor, Massachusetts; 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee

Thomas Francis Eagleton Oral History

Stuart Eizenstat Oral History, Domestic policy advisor to Jimmy Carter

Michael Enzi Oral History (2009)

Michael Enzi Oral History (2006), Senator, Wyoming

David Espo Oral History, Special Correspondent, Associated Press

John A. Farrell Oral History, Reporter, The Boston Globe

Anthony S. Fauci Oral History, AIDS Researcher

Judy Feder Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Rashi Fein Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Kenneth Feinberg Oral History, Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee; chief of staff to EMK

Dan H. Fenn, Jr. Oral History, Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Lee Fentress Oral History, Assistant United States Attorney; Staffer for Robert Kennedy

Charles Ferris Oral History

Max Fine Oral History, Executive Director, Committee for National Health Insurance

Alice Fitzgerald and Patricia Hagan Oral History, Kennedy volunteers

Robert P. Fitzgerald, Sr. Oral History, Cousin of Edward Kennedy; Lawyer

Garret FitzGerald Oral History, Prime Minister of Ireland

James Flug Oral History (11/2007)

James Flug Oral History (12/4/2007)

James Flug Oral History (12/18/2007)

Wyche Fowler Oral History, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Senator, Georgia

Mary Frackleton Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Michael J. Frazier Oral History

John Kenneth Galbraith Oral History

Ann Gargan Oral History, Cousin

Connie Garner Oral History (2008)

Connie Garner Oral History (2010)

Kilvert Dun Gifford Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Leroy Goldman Oral History, Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Health

Willis D. Gradison, Jr. Oral History, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio

Marcia Greenberger Oral History

Ellen Guiney Oral History Oral History, Chief Education Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Ellen Guiney Oral History, Chief Education Advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Milton Gwirtzman Oral History (05/2009), Speechwriter, Advisor to Edward and Robert Kennedy

Milton Gwirtzman Oral History (08/2009), Speechwriter, Advisor to Edward and Robert Kennedy

Charles Haar Oral History, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Timothy Hanan Oral History, Friend; Campaign Manager

Brian and Alma Hart Oral History, Activists; Parents of Fallen Soldier (PFC. John Hart)

Terry Hartle Oral History, Education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Orrin Hatch Oral History

Robert Healy Oral History, Journalist, The Boston Globe

Antonia Hernandez Oral History, Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee

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, Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party President

Robert Hunter Oral History, Foreign Policy Adviser to Edward Kennedy

Lester Hyman Oral History, Chairman, Massachusetts Democratic Party

Michael Iskowitz Oral History (2007)

Michael Iskowitz Oral History (2008)

Christopher Jennings Oral History

John F. Jennings Oral History, President, Center on Education Policy

Stanley Jones Oral History (09/2007), EMK staffer; healthcare specialist

Stanley Jones Oral History (03/2007), EMK staffer; healthcare specialist

Jan Kalicki Oral History, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to Edward Kennedy

Nancy Kassebaum Oral History, Senator, Kansas

Boris And Natalya Katz Oral History, Soviet Refuseniks

Nicholas Katzenbach Oral History, Attorney General

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

Victoria R. Kennedy Oral History, Wife of Senator Kennedy, Attorney, Democratic activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Kerry Oral History, Secretary of State; Senator, Massachusetts; 2004 Democratic Presidential Nominee

David Kessler Oral History, Staffer for Orrin Hatch; Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

James King Oral History

Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Oral History (11/2005), Special Assistant to Edward Kennedy; DNC Chairman; Senator, Massachusetts

Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Oral History (06/2007), Special Assistant to Edward Kennedy; DNC Chairman; Senator, Massachusetts

C. Everett Koop Oral History

Barnett Alexander “Sandy” Kress Oral History, Education Advisor to George W. Bush

Mathilde Krim Oral History

Kathy Kruse Oral History

Barbara Lahage Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Patrick Leahy Oral History, Senator, Vermont

John Lewis Oral History, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia

Anthony Lewis Oral History, Columnist, The New York Times

Judith Lichtman Oral History, Former Director for National Partnershp for Women and Families

Nick Littlefield Oral History (5/3/2008), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Nick Littlefield Oral History (5/4/2008), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Nick Littlefield Oral History (6/30/2008), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Nick Littlefield Oral History (7/1/2008), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Nick Littlefield Oral History (2/14/2009), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Nick Littlefield Oral History (2/15/2009), Staff Director and Chief Counsel for Senator Kennedy on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

George Cabot Lodge Oral History, Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs in Eisenhower & Kennedy administrations

Olatunde Johnson Oral History, Civil rights policy adviser to Edward Kennedy

Chester Trent Lott Oral History, Senator, Mississippi

Richard Lugar Oral History, Senator, Indiana

Nance Lyons Oral History, Legislative Assistant to Edward Kennedy; Civil Rights Attorney

Neil Macneil Oral History, Journalist and television correspondent

Ira Magaziner Oral History

James Manley Oral History, Press Secretary for Edward Kennedy

Thurgood Marshall, JR. Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Edward Martin Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Charles Mathias Oral History, Former Senator, Maryland

John McCain Oral History, Senator, Arizona

Paul McDaniel Oral History, Aide to Senator Al Gore Sr.; Adviser to Edward Kennedy

Cindy McGinty Oral History, Founder & President, McGinty Scholarship Fund; Board Member, Mass Military Heroes Fund

Alice McGoff Oral History, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts

George McGovern Oral History, Senator, South Dakota; former Democratic Presidential nominee

Barbara Mikulski Oral History, Senator, Maryland

George Miller Oral History, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California

Melody Miller Oral History (07/2008), Staffer for Kennedy Family

Melody Miller Oral History (10/2008), Staffer for Kennedy Family

Melvin Miller Oral History, Editor and Founder, Bay State Banner

George Mitchell Oral History, Senate Majority Leader; Senator, Maine

Walter Mondale Oral History, Vice President of the United States

James Mongan Oral History, Staffer for Russell Long

Ellis Mottur Oral History (10/2006), Kennedy staffer; science/technology expert

Ellis Mottur Oral History (11/2006), Kennedy staffer; science/technology expert

Michael Myers Oral History (2006), Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Michael Myers Oral History (10/16/2009)

Ralph Neas Oral History

David Nexon Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Martin Nolan Oral History, Reporter, The Boston Globe

Niall O’Dowd Oral History, Journalist; Liaison between Sinn Féin and the White House

Sean O’Huiginn Oral History, Irish Ambassador to United States; Joint Secretary, British-Irish Secretariat; Irish Consul General (New York)

Barack Obama Oral History

Esther Olavarria Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Thomas Oliphant Oral History (11/15/2006), Washington correspondent and a columnist for the Boston Globe

Thomas Oliphant Oral History (3/14/2007), Washington correspondent and a columnist for the Boston Globe

Carolyn Osolinik Oral History, Judiciary Committee Staff Attorney for Senator Edward Kennedy

Joel Packer Oral History

Peter Parham Oral History

Carey Parker Oral History (09/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (10/06/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (10/13/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (10/20/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (10/27/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (11/10/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (11/17/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Carey Parker Oral History (12/2008), Chief Legislative Assistant for Edward Kennedy

Thomas Payzant Oral History, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education; Superintendent of Boston Public Schools

Nancy Pelosi Oral History, Speaker of the House

Danica Petroshius Oral History, Chief of Staff to Edward Kennedy

Elizabeth Philipps Oral History, Mother of Pan-Am Flight 103 Victim, Sarah Phillips

Caroline Raclin Oral History, Daughter of Vicki Reggie Kennedy

Curran Raclin Oral History, Son of Vicki Reggie Kennedy

Ken Regan Oral History, Photographer

Doris and Edmund Reggie Oral History (8/2005), Father-in-law and mother-in-law; long-time family friends

Doris and Edmund Reggie Oral History (12/2008), Father-in-law and mother-in-law; long-time family friends

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, Secretary of Education

Terri Haddad Robinson Oral History (7/22/2009), Staffer for Kennedy

Terri Haddad Robinson Oral History (8/25/2009), Former aide and press assistant to Senator Kennedy

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (03/2009), Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (04/2009), Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (05/12/2009), Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Thomas M. Rollins Oral History (05/14/2009), Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources

Warren Rudman Oral History, Senator, New Hampshire

Mona Sarfaty Oral History

Patti B. Saris Oral History, Chief Justice, US District Court for Massachusetts; Staffer for Edward Kennedy, Senate Judiciary Committee

James Ralph Sasser Oral History, Senator, Tennessee

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Oral History

Mark Schneider Oral History (2/2/2009), Peace Corp Director; Kennedy Staffer

Mark Schneider Oral History (2/04/2009), Peace Corps Director; Kennedy Staffer

Elizabeth Shannon Oral History, Wife of US Ambassador to Ireland William V. Shannon; family friend

Stuart Shapiro Oral History (04/2009), Senior Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Health and Scientific Research; Massachusetts Deputy Health Commissioner; President, Pennsylvania Health Care Association

Stuart Shapiro Oral History (05/2009), Senior Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Health and Scientific Research; Massachusetts Deputy Health Commissioner; President, Pennsylvania Health Care Association

Robert Shriver III and Maria Shriver Oral History, Niece and Nephew (also Godson) of Edward Kennedy

Robert Shrum Oral History (7/6/2009)

Robert Shrum Oral History (7/7/2009)

John Siegenthaler Oral History

Alan Simpson Oral History, Senator, Wyoming

Marshall (Mike) Smith Oral History

Nancy Soderberg Oral History, Foreign policy adviser to Senator Kennedy

Theodore C. Sorensen Oral History (2005), Family friend; advisor

Theodore C. Sorensen Oral History (2006), Family friend; advisor

Barbara Souliotis Oral History (2005), Director of Edward M. Kennedy’s Boston office

Barbara Souliotis Oral History (2009), Director of Edward M. Kennedy’s Boston office

Margaret Spellings Oral History, Secretary of Education

A. Clayton Spencer Oral History

Anne Strauss Oral History, Staff Director, Senate National Science Foundation Subcommittee; Legislative Correspondent to Senator Kennedy

Thomas Susman Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

David Sutphen Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

William Taylor Oral History (01/2007), Civil Rights Attorney; General Counsel, US Commission on Civil Rights

William Taylor Oral History (02/2007), Civil Rights Attorney; General Counsel, US Commission on Civil Rights

Betty Taymor Oral History, Family friend; Massachusetts politics

Charles Tretter Oral History, Campaign aide

Laurence H. Tribe Oral History, Attorney; Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

John Tunney Oral History (2007), Senator, California

John Tunney Oral History (2009), Senator, California; friend

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Oral History, Archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner

William J. Vanden Heuvel Oral History (2005), Special Assistant to the Attorney General; Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to United Nations

William J. Vanden Heuvel Oral History (2006), Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to United Nations & other positions

Trina Vargo Oral History, Foreign Policy Adviser to Edward Kennedy; Founder of US-Ireland Alliance

Galina Veremkroit Oral History (formally Nizhnikov), Soviet Refusenik

John W. Warner Oral History

Henry Waxman Oral History

Sharon Waxman Oral History (2008), Senior national security advisor to Senator Kennedy

Sharon Waxman Oral History (2009), Senior national security advisor to Senator Kennedy

Sharon Waxman Oral History, Senior national security advisor to Senator Kennedy

Ronald Weich Oral History, Staffer for Edward Kennedy

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Oral History, Senator, Connecticut; Governor, Connecticut

Burt V. Wides Oral History

Angela Williams Oral History

James Sterling Young Oral History, Professor of Government, University of Virginia

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