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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.

FARIS, EDGAR C., JR. Secretary to Senator Harry S. Truman, 1935-38. 128 pages.
FARRINGTON, RICHARD Attorney; Democratic Party member and officer in Greene County, Missouri, ca. 1940-. 63 pages.
FEENEY, JOSEPH G. Administrative Assistant to the President, 1952-53. 125 pages.
FEINBERG, ABRAHAM Business executive and philanthropist, friend of Harry S. Truman, active in the creation of the State of Israel, 1945-48. 68 pages.
FERRER, JOSE. President of Costa Rica, 1948-49, 1953-58. 36 pages.
FETTER, FRANK W. Staff official, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State, 1945-46. 79 pages.
FIGGURES, FRANK. Official, Treasury Department, United Kingdom; Director of Trade and Finance, Organization for European Economic Cooperation, 1948-51. 34 pages.
FIKE, STANLEY R. Jackson County, Missouri journalist; friend of Harry S. Truman; Administrative Assistant to Senator Stuart Symington, 1952-76. 85 pages. Also an interview conducted by William Jewell College Oral History Project, 27 pages.
FINLETTER, THOMAS K. Minister in charge of the Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to the United Kingdom, 1948-49; Secretary of the Air Force, 1950-53. 84 pages.
FITZGERALD, DENNIS. Secretary general, International Emergency Food Council, 1946-48; Director, Food and Agriculture Division, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1949-51; Assistant Administrator, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1951-52. 41 pages.
FLEMMING, ARTHUR S. Member, United States Civil Service Commission, 1939-48; Assistant to Director of Defense Mobilization, 1951-53. 60 pages.
FOLLIARD, EDWARD T. White House correspondent, Washington Post, 1943-54. 80 pages.
FOSTER, WILLIAM H. Host to Harry S. Truman on visits to Caruthersville, Missouri. 32 pages.
FOWLER, HENRY H Special Assistant to the Administrator, Foreign Economic Administration, 1945; Administrator, National Production Authority, 1951-52; Director, Office of Defense Mobilization, 1952-53. 82 pages.
FOX, JOSEPH A. White House correspondent, Washington, D.C. Evening Star, 1943-54. 44 pages.
FRANKS, LORD OLIVER. British Ambassador to the United States, 1948-52. 32 pages.
FREEMAN, FLAVIUS B Acquaintance of Harry S. Truman; friend and neighbor of Ralph Truman and Louis Truman; Democratic Party official in Missouri, 1958-60. 17 pages.
FRIEDMAN, MARTIN L. Special Assistant in the White House Office, 1950-53. 45 pages.
FRIEDMAN, MONROE. Chairman, Alameda County (Calif.) Democratic Central Committee, 1948. 55 pages.
FRITCHEY, CLAYTON. Administrative Assistant to the President, 1952; deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, 1953-56. 111 pages.
FUCHS, JAMES R. Archivist and Oral Historian, Harry S. Truman Library, 1953-1986. 90 pages. In addition to this interview, which is about the history of the Truman Library's oral history program, there is an interview with Mr. Fuchs about the history of the Truman Library.