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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.

KAISER, PHILIP M. Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, 1949-53. 145 pages.
KATZ, MILTON. U.S. Special Representative in Europe with rank of Ambassador, 1950-51. 136 pages.
KAYLE, MILTON P. Special Assistant in the White House Office, 1951-53. 162 pages.
KEECH, RICHMOND B. Administrative Assistant to the President, 1945-46. 49 pages.
KEELEY, MARY PAXTON. Journalist and friend of President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman. 58 pages.
KEENAN, JOSEPH D. International secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. 61 pages.
KELLY, FRANK K. Writer and journalist, speechwriter in the Research Division, Democratic National Committee, 1948. 114 pages.
KEMPTON, GRETA Portrait painter; creator of official White House portraits of President Harry S. Truman and First Lady Bess Truman. 19 pages.
KENNEDY, JOHN A. Naval liaison officer with the Special Committee of the Senate to Investigate the National Defense Program (Truman Committee). 71 pages.
KENNEDY, ROBERT P. Personal chauffeur for Harry S. Truman on Veteran's Day and at the rededication of the Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, November 10-11, 1961. 11 pages.
KENNEY, W. JOHN. Under Secretary of the Navy, 1947-49; Chief of Mission, Economic Cooperation Administration, United Kingdom, 1949-50; Deputy Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1952. 66 pages.
KENT, CARLETON. Washington, D.C. correspondent, Chicago Daily Times and Chicago Sun-Times, 1945-71. 120 pages.
KENWORTHY, CARROLL H. Editor of the foreign department of United Press International, Washington, D.C., 1941-67. 65 pages.
KENWORTHY, E. W. Executive Director, President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services, 1949-50. 44 pages.
KEYSERLING, LEON H. General counsel, National Housing Agency, 1942-46; Vice Chairman, 1946-50, and Chairman, 1950-53, Council of Economic Advisers. 208 pages.
KINDLEBERGER, CHARLES P. Chief, Division of German and Austrian Economic Affairs, Department of State, 1945-48. 118 pages.
KNAPP, J. BURKE. Special Assistant to the Chairman, Federal Reserve Board, 1945-48; Director, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State, 1948-49; economic adviser to the U.S. Delegation to NATO, 1950-51; U.S. President of the Joint Brazil-U.S. Economic Development Commission, 1951-52; assistant director, Economics Department, 1950-52 and director, Western Hemisphere Department, 1952-56, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 160 pages.
KRISTENSEN, THORKIL. Minister of Finance, Denmark, 1945-47. 13 pages.
KRONHEIM, MILTON S., SR. Washington, D.C. businessman and friend of Harry S. Truman. 29 pages.