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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.

LACY, JANE TAYLOR Secretary to Judge Harry S. Truman, 1934-35; secretary to Senator Truman, 1935-36. 54 pages.
LAGERQUIST, PHILIP D. Archivist, Harry S. Truman Library, 1953-92. 171 pages.
LAMBERT, BRUCE E. Friend and Missouri political supporter of Harry S. Truman. 31 pages.
LANDRY, ROBERT B U.S. Army officer, 1932-63; Air Aide to President Truman, 1948-53. 86 pages.
LANGE, HALVARD M. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway, 1946-65. 35 pages.
LARKIN, FELIX E. Associate General Counsel, 1947-49, and General Counsel, 1950-51, Office of the Secretary of Defense. 110 pages.
LARSON, JESS. Administrator, War Assets Administration, 1947-49; Administrator, General Services Administration, 1949-53. 110 pages.
LAUKHUFF, PERRY. Foreign Service officer; Secretary of Mission, U.S. political adviser for Germany, Berlin, 1945-49; Director, Office of German Political Affairs, Department of State, 1949-52; Special Assistant to the Director, Bureau of German Affairs, Department of State, 1952. 172 pages.
LAWRENCE, DAVID L. Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1946-59; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1959-63. 40 pages.
LAWTON, FREDERICK J. Director, Bureau of the Budget, 1950-53. 71 pages.
LEDDY, JOHN M. Staff member, Trade Agreements Division, Department of State, 1945-58. 80 pages.
LEE, FRED L. Historian, father of an acquaintance of President Truman. 35 pages.
LEIGH, VERE C. Member, Battery D, 129th Field Artillery during World War I. 103 pages.
LEVA, MARX. Special Assistant and general counsel to the Secretary of Defense, 1947-49; Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1949-51. 97 pages.
LEWIS, GEOFFREY W. Deputy Chief, Division of German Economic Affairs, Department of State, 1949-50; Deputy Director, Bureau of German Affairs, Department of State, 1950-55. 90 pages.
LIGHTNER, E. ALLAN, JR Foreign Service officer, 1930-70; Deputy Director, Office of Political Affairs, U.S. High Commission, Germany, 1949-51; Deputy Chief of Mission and counselor, U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, 1951-53. 142 pages.
LILLY, EDWARD P. Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of War Information, 1944-1945; Historian and Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Psychological Warfare, 1946-1952; Member, Office of Plans, Psychological Strategy Board, 1952. 17 pages.
LINCOLN, GOULD Columnist, Washington (D.C.) Evening Star, 1909-1974. 29 pages.
LITTLE, CHRISTINE HARDY. Widow of Benjamin H. Hardy, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Technical Cooperation Administration, Department of State, 1950-51. 34 pages.
LIVERMORE, SHAW. Staff member, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1949-51; representative of the Office of Defense Mobilization on the National Security Council Planning Board, 1952-53. 65 pages.
LOCKE, EDWIN A., JR. Personal Representative of the President to China, 1945; Special Assistant to the President, 1946-47; Ambassador in charge of U.S. Mission to the Near East, 1951-52. 134 pages.
LOEB, JAMES I. National director, Americans for Democratic Action, 1947-51. 232 pages.
LOMBARDO, IVAN MATTEO Chief, Delegation to U.S. Treaty Negotiations, Italy, 1947. Two interviews, 82 pages.
LOUCHHEIM, KATIE. Delegate to the 1948 and 1952 Democratic National Conventions; Director of Women's Activities, Democratic National Committee, 1953-60; Vice Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 1956-60. 88 pages.
LOVETT, ROBERT A. Under Secretary of State, 1947-49; Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1950-51; Secretary of Defense, 1951-53. 34 pages.
LOWENTHAL, MAX Counsel to the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee, 1935-41. 117 pages.
LOWRY, W. McNEIL. Chief, Washington, D.C., Bureau, James M. Cox Newspapers, 1947-52. 85 pages.
LUBIN, ISADOR. Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, 1933-46; U.S. Associate Representative with the rank of Minister, Allied Reparations Commission, Moscow, 1945; U.S. Representative to the Economic and Employment Commission, U.N. Economic and Social Council, 1946-49; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State, 1949-50; U.S. Representative with the rank of Minister, U.N. Economic and Social Council, 1950-53. 43 pages.