Oral Histories

Oral History Interviews

Contents: Listed by last name: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z

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.


  • IRVIN, ROBERT L. Investigator, Special Committee of the Senate to Investigate the National Defense Program (Truman Committee), 1942. 134 pages.

  • JESSEE, MR. and MRS. RANDALL. Kansas City friends of President and Mrs. Harry S. Truman. 53 pages. Also an interview with Mr. Jessee, conducted by the William Jewell Oral History Project, 39 pages.

  • JOHNSON, JENNIE. Participant in Jackson County politics in the 1930s and following; acquaintance of Harry S. Truman. 65 pages.

  • JOHNSON, JOSEPH E. Chief, Division of International Security Affairs, Department of State, 1945-47; member, Policy Planning Staff, Department of State, 1947; Deputy U.S. Representative, Interim Committee, U.N. General Assembly, 1948. 125 pages.

  • JOHNSON, U. ALEXIS. Consul, Manila, Philippines, 1945; detailed to General Headquarters, Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Tokyo, Japan, August 1945; consul, Yokohama, Japan, April 1946, consul general, 1947-49; Deputy Director, 1949-51, Director, 1951, Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, Department of State; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, 1951-53. 81 pages.

  • JONES, JOHN WESLEY. Foreign Service officer, 1930-71; First Secretary, U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, 1945-48, and U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, 1949-53. 102 pages.

  • JONES, MARVIN. U.S. War Food Administrator, 1943-45; Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Claims, 1947-64. 397 pages.

  • JONES, ROGER W. Assistant Director, Bureau of the Budget, 1945-59. 125 pages.

  • JUDD, WALTER H. Member of Congress from Minnesota, 1943-62; U.S. delegate, 12th General Assembly of the United Nations, 1947. 123 pages. Also an interview conducted by the Former Members of Congress Oral History Project, 49 pages.

  • 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.

  • 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. Also an interview conducted by the United States Air Force Oral History Program, 1983. 318 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 D. 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.

  • McCOLM, GEORGE L. Lieutenant, US Navy, 1944; Chief of Agriculture, Joint Army-Navy Planning and Training Staffs, The Presidio, Monterey, California, 1945, War Department; in charge of Military Government, Ponape Island, 1945-46; Soil Conservation Officer, Navajo Reservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1946-52; Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Nursery, 1952-57. 151 pages.

  • McCUNE, WESLEY. Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture, 1948-53. 188 pages.

  • McDIARMID, O. J. Chief, Monetary Affairs, Department of State, 1949-51. 51 pages.

  • MacDONALD, DONALD J. Naval officer; commander of the presidential yacht, USS Williamsburg, 1948-51. 78 pages.

  • McENERY, JOHN P. Member, 1944-48, and vice chairman, 1946-48, California State Democratic Central Committee. 273 pages.

  • McFALL, JACK K. Foreign Service officer, 1947-55. 139 pages.

  • McGHEE, GEORGE C. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs, 1949-51; Ambassador to Turkey, 1951-53. 63 pages.

  • McGHEE, ROY L. Reporter for United Press International; Superintendent of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, 1973-91. Interview conducted by the Senate Historical Office. 191 pages.

  • McGOWAN, CARL. Member of the staff of Governor Adlai E. Stevenson, 1949-53. 89 pages.

  • McGRATH, HAROLD I. Director, Democratic State Central Committee of California, 1948. 103 pages.

  • McKIM, EDWARD D. Chief Administrative Assistant to the President, 1945. 177 pages.

  • McNEIL, WILFRED J. Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, 1947-49; Assistant Secretary of Defense and Comptroller, Department of Defense, 1949-59. 219 pages.

  • MACY, J. NOEL. Assistant Chief, International Information Division, Department of State, 1945-46; Chief, International Press and Publications Division, Department of State, 1946-48. 59 pages.

  • MAFFRY, AUGUST. Vice president and economic adviser, Export-Import Bank, 1945-47; consultant, Economic Cooperation Administration, 1948-51. 38 pages.