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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.

EAKENS, ROBERT H. S. Assistant Chief, 1945-48 and Chief, 1948-50, Petroleum Division, Department of State; Chief, Petroleum Policy Staff, Department of State, 1950-54. 55 pages.
EARP, MR. and MRS. JOHN A. Members, Harry S. Truman's 1940 senatorial campaign staff. 30 pages.
EASLEY, HARRY. Friend and Missouri political associate of Harry S. Truman. 115 pages.
EDWARDS, INDIA. Associate director, 1947-48, executive director, 1949-50, and vice chairman, 1950-56, Democratic National Committee. Two interviews, 137 pages.
EDWARDS, WILLARD A. Washington, D.C. correspondent, Chicago Tribune. 57 pages.
EDWARDS, WILLIAM P. N. Counselor, in charge of British Information Services, British Embassy in Washington, D.C., 1946-49. 51 pages.
ELSEY, GEORGE M. Naval officer assigned to the White House Map Room, 1942-47; Special Assistant in the White House Office, 1947-49; Administrative Assistant to the President, 1949-51; Assistant to the Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1951-53. 477 pages. Also an interview conducted by the William Jewell College Oral History Project, 51 pages.
ENARSON, HAROLD L. White House Special Assistant to John R. Steelman, 1950-52; public member, Wage Stabilization Board, 1952-53. 26 pages.
ENSLEY, GROVER W. Fiscal analyst, Bureau of the Budget, 1941-47; Executive Director, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, 1949-57. 91 pages. Also an interview conducted by the U.S. Senate Historical Office, 155 pages.
ENSMINGER, DOUGLAS. Educator and expert on foreign agricultural programs. 105 pages.
ETHRIDGE, MARK F. U.S. delegate, U.N. Commission of Investigation to Study the Greek Border Disputes, 1947; U.S. Representative, U.N. Conciliation Commission for Palestine, 1949; Chairman, U.S. Advisory Commission on Information, 1948-50. 54 pages.
EVANS, TOM L. Kansas City businessman and friend of Harry S. Truman. 771 pages.
EWING, OSCAR R. Vice chairman, Democratic National Committee, 1942-47; Administrator, Federal Security Agency, 1947-53. 374 pages.