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    Dean Rusk Personal Papers
    1961-1963

    Papers 1961-63. Diplomat, government official. Secretary of State (1961-69). Copies of appointment books.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Chester B. Bowles Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 2/2/1965
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection2 February 1965

    Bowles discusses his role as foreign policy advisor during the presidential campaign; staffing the State Department; relationship with Dean Rusk and John F. Kennedy; foreign policy towards developing nations; and leaving his position as Under Secretary of State, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Chester B. Bowles Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 7/1/1970
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection1 July 1970

    Bowles discusses U.S. ambassadors, his attempts to reorganize the State Department, the Kennedy administration’s failure to support liberal reform movements around the world, and Bowles’ conflicts with Secretary of State Dean Rusk, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    McGeorge Bundy Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 11/30/1970
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection30 November 1970

    Bundy discusses John F. Kennedy’s [JFK] decision making style, relationship with Dean Rusk, issues in the National Security policy, and National Security personnel, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Abram J. Chayes Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 6/22/1964
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection22 June 1964

    Chayes discusses Cabinet and other appointments in the Kennedy administration, including the reasons why Dean Rusk was chosen as Secretary of State; the appointment of John F. Kennedy’s Solicitor General; and use of executive privilege.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Harlan Cleveland Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 11/30/1978
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection30 November 1978

    Cleveland discusses the relationship between John F. Kennedy, Adlai E. Stevenson, and Dean Rusk; Stevenson’s role as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; the Bay of Pigs invasion; Cuban missile crisis; and the Vietnam War, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    W. Averell Harriman Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 4/13/1964
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection13 April 1964

    In this interview Harriman discusses early interactions with John F. Kennedy [JFK], from 1945 to 1956; the 1956 and 1960 Democratic National Conventions; helping get JFK the votes from New York state for the presidential nomination; traveling to Africa in 1960 and the problems with the Department of State’s work there; meeting with JFK and discussi...

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    W. Averell Harriman Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 1/17/1965
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection17 January 1965

    In this interview Harriman discusses his position in the State Department as a roving ambassador, including his flexibility in making decisions in the field, and traveling around the world; John F. Kennedy's [JFK] conception of the Soviet Union; interactions with Souvanna Phouma and changes in general opinion of him; evaluating options for American...

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    James C. Thomson Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 2/29/1980
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection29 February 1980

    In this interview, he discusses Chester Bowles’ political style, the unconventional selections of ambassadorial positions, and the nation’s role in the world, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    James C. Thomson Oral History Interview - JFK #3, 6/13/1980
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection13 June 1980

    In this interview, he discusses Roger Hilsman’s 1963 speech on firm policies towards China, the changing approaches to foreign policy in Southeast Asia between the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the conflicting ideologies on U.S. involvement in Vietnam, among other issues.

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