Introduction

The Kennedy Library's Oral History collections include the following components. For more information please contact Kennedy.Library@nara.gov or 617.514.1629. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist!

JFKWHP-AR7969-E (crop): President Kennedy Delivers Address Regarding Desegregation of University of Alabama, 11 June 1963

John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection

Close to 1,300 interviews with individuals associated with John F. Kennedy and his legacy: prominent public figures, administration officials, members of Congress, national and state political leaders, business and labor leaders, journalists, civil rights leaders, foreign government officials, private citizens, and people who opposed Kennedy administration policies. Collection overviewBrowse JFKOH interviews (with digitized transcripts where available).

BB T10023C223 (crop): Robert F. Kennedy Speaks at a United Auto Workers National Convention, undated  (C) Burton Berinsky

Robert F. Kennedy Oral History Collection

A supplement to the Papers of Robert F. Kennedy. The collection includes approximately 300 interviews focusing on Robert F. Kennedy's career and particularly his role as U.S. Attorney General, Senator from New York, and U.S. presidential candidate in 1968. Collection overview | Browse RFKOH interviews (with digitized transcripts where available).

PX97-23-60: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and Chief United States Marshal James J. P. McShane Welcome the United States Marshals to the White House at the Marshals' First National Conference, 18 August 1964.

Other institutions' oral histories

Copies of interviews conducted by other institutions such as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Columbia University, the U.S. Senate Historical Office, and others.

PX65-2:44 (crop): Peace Corps Volunteer Barbara J. Wylie in Katmandu, Nepal, 1963

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection

In addition to textual materials, the collection contains many oral history interviews (audio) with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who served from the program's founding to the present day. The interviews have not been transcribed though may be listened to at the Library. Note: Please schedule an appointment with our Audiovisual Research staff at least two weeks in advance of your visit so that listening copies can be prepared.
Collection overview | Finding aid (See also Peace Corps Films and United States Peace Corps Photograph Collection.)