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Oral History Interviews


The Truman Library has approximately 500 interviews supplementing the written record of Harry S. Truman's life and times. The interviews are available in transcript form and range in length from fewer than 10 to over 1,000 pages, with most being between 20 and 200 pages. Most of the interviews include a name and subject index attached to the transcript. There is a cumulative index for the entire oral history collection available in the research room at the Library.

The list below gives the name of the person interviewed, his or her principal positions, and the number of pages in the transcript. This list does not include information about specific copyright or donor restrictions. This information is included with the individual interview transcripts. Interviews that were conducted by an oral history program other than the Library's are properly accredited. Interviews with friends, neighbors, and personal associates of Harry S. Truman have been conducted by the National Park Service, and transcripts can be found on their website.

ABBOTT, HARRY L. Democratic Party participant in the 1922 campaign in Independence, Missouri. 28 pages.
ABBOTT, JOHN. Navy liaison to the Special Committee of the Senate to Investigate the National Defense Program (Truman Committee), 1942-46. 163 pages.
ACHESON, DEAN Assistant Secretary of State, 1941-45; Under Secretary of State, 1945-47; Secretary of State, 1949-53. 23 pages.
ACHILLES, THEODORE C. Director, Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State, 1947; U.S. Vice Deputy, North Atlantic Council, London, 1950; Minister, U.S. Embassy in Paris, France 1952. 139 pages.
ADAMS, J. WESLEY Technical adviser to the U.N. Conference on International Organization, 1945; member, U.S. delegation to the Inter-American Conference, Rio de Janeiro, 1947; adviser to the U.S. Representative on the U.N. Commission for India and Pakistan and on the Kashmir Commission, 1948; Second Secretary, U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, 1950-52; Second Secretary, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, 1952-55. 122 pages.
ADENAUER, KONRAD. Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany, 1949-63. 17 pages.
ALLEN, GEORGE E. Chairman, Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1946-47; personal and political associate of Harry S. Truman. 66 pages.
ANCH, SAM. President of the First Ward Democratic Club of Kansas City in the 1940s. 50 pages.
ANDERSON, VERNICE. Personal Assistant to Ambassador-at-Large Philip C. Jessup, 1949-53. 86 pages.
ANDREWS, STANLEY. Administrator, Technical Cooperation Administration, 1951-53. 92 pages.
ARMSTRONG, WILLIS C. Assistant Chief, 1951-52, and Deputy Director, 1952-54, Division of Commercial Policy, Department of State. 44 pages.
ARNESON, R. GORDON. Secretary to the Interim Committee on Atomic Energy, 1945; staff member, U.S. delegation to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-48; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State, 1948-50; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1950-54. 81 pages.
AYERS, EBEN A. Assistant Press Secretary to the President, 1945-50; Special Assistant in the White House Office, 1951-53. 398 pages.
AYLWARD, JAMES P. Chairman, Missouri State Democratic Committee, 1934-40; Democratic National Committeeman for Missouri, 1936-44. 183 pages.
BABB, RUSSELL, and HOYT WALKUP Aircraft pilots for Dr. Henry Bennett, president of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College and Administrator of the Technical Cooperation Administration, 1951. 27 pages.
BABCOCK, GAYLON. Banker and friend of Harry S. Truman. 115 pages.
BAKER, GEORGE P. Director, Office of Transportation and Communications Policy, Department of State, 1945-46; Vice Chairman, President's Air Policy Commission, 1947. 56 pages.
BANCROFT, HARDING F. Chief, Division of U.N. Political Affairs, Department of State, 1945; U.S. Deputy Representative, U.N. Collective Measures Committee, 1950-53. 54 pages.
BARNETT, ROBERT W. U.S. member of the economics and reparations committees, Far Eastern Commission, 1945-49; Officer in Charge of Economic Affairs, Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State, 1949-51; Officer in Charge of Economic Affairs, Office of Western European Affairs, Department of State, 1951-54. 39 pages.
BARRETT, EDWARD W. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, 1950-52. 71 pages.
BARRIERE, JOHN E. Staff member, Research Division, Democratic National Committee, 1948. 47 pages.
BARRINGER, LEWIS T. Friend of Harry S. Truman and treasurer of the 1944 Democratic Vice-Presidential campaign. 60 pages.
BARROWS, LELAND Executive Assistant to the U.S. Special Representative in Europe, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1949-53; Director, Mission to Greece, Foreign Operations Agency, 1952-54. 70 pages.
BARROWS, ROBERTA. Secretary to the President's Appointments Secretary, 1933-55. 113 pages.
BATT, WILLIAM L., JR. Director, Research Division, Democratic National Committee, 1948. 64 pages.
BATTLE, LUCIUS. Foreign Affairs Specialist, Department of State, 1946-49; Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, 1949-53. 69 pages.
BAUER, GERARD Counselor of Swiss legation, Paris, in charge of economic affairs, 1945-51; president, Executive Committee, Organization for European Economic Cooperation, 1948-56. 7 pages.
BEAM, JACOB D. Chief, Central European Division, Department of State, 1947-49; counsel general, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1950; Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1951-52; Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R., 1952-53. 46 pages.
BEAN, LOUIS H. Chief Fiscal Analyst, Bureau of the Budget, 1943-47; member of the staff of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1947-53. 88 pages.
BECKER, NATHAN M Economic adviser, Board of Economic Warfare and Department of State, 1941-47; e