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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.

PACE, FRANK, JR. Director, Bureau of the Budget, 1949-50; Secretary of the Army, 1950-53. 174 pages.
PALMER, MRS. W. L. C. High school teacher of Harry S. Truman. 65 pages.
PARSONS, J. GRAHAM. Assistant Chief, Division of British Commonwealth Affairs, Department of State, 1945-47; Assistant to the Personal Representative of the President to the Vatican, 1947-48; First Secretary and consul, U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, 1948-50; Deputy Director, Office of European Regional Affairs, Department of State, 1951-53. 105 pages.
PAULEY, EDWIN W. Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, 1942-48; a principal supporter of Harry S. Truman for the vice-presidential nomination, 1944; director of the Democratic National Convention, 1944; Democratic National Committeeman, 1944-48; U.S. Representative on the Reparations Commission, with rank of Ambassador, 1945-47; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, 1947; adviser to the Secretary of State on reparations, 1947-48. 100 pages.
PELLA, GIUSEPPE. Prime Minister, Italy, 1953-54. 12 pages.
PERKINS, PANSY and PAULINE SIMS Grandview, Missouri, friends of the Truman family. 71 pages.
PERLMETER, IRVING. Assistant Press Secretary to the President, 1950-53. 66 pages.
PESMAZOGLU, JOHN S. Director General, Ministry of Coordination in Charge of Planning Economic Development, Greece, 1951-55. 7 pages.
PETERS, MIZE Independence friend of President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman. 78 pages.
PLOWDEN, EDWIN NOEL. Chairman, Economic Planning Board, Great Britain, 1947-53. 63 pages.
POLLARD, DIXIE Daughter of Ted Sanders, Cattleman and Farmer; Friend of Harry S. Truman; President, Truman for Senator Committee, Cameron, Missouri, 1934. 6 pages.
PORTER, JAMES WOODROW "BUD." Reporter, Kansas City Star, 1944-73. Interview conducted by the William Jewell College Oral History Project, 42 pages.
PORTER, PAUL R. Deputy and later Chief, Mission for Economic Affairs, U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom, 1945-47; chief, U.S. delegation, Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, Switzerland, 1947-49; Chief, Economic Cooperation Administration Mission to Greece, 1949-50; Assistant Administrator, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1950-51; and Deputy U.S. Special Representative in Europe, Mutual Security Program, Paris, France, 1952-53. 77 pages.
PREGLAU, GUIDO Member, UNRRA Bureau in Austrian Federal Chancellery, 1945-46; member, Central Office for European Recovery Program Affairs, 1947. 20 pages.
PRESTON, LIBERTY L., MARY L. DELOZIER, AND MARY B. HARRIS. Children and grandchild of Henry G. Bennett, first administrative director of the Technical Cooperation Administration, Department of State, 1951. 98 pages.
PROCTOR, FRANKLIN W. Department of State employee, 1937-73; member, Board of Directors, Department of State Recreation Association. 89 pages.
PRUDEN, EDWARD H. Pastor, First Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., 1936-69. 25 pages.
PULLEY, GERALD PAUL. Commander, US Navy; crewman of the USS Williamsburg. 65 pages.