The Russell Library's oral history program consists of active, ongoing oral history projects administered by Russell staff such as the Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection and the First Person Project, as well as oral history collections donated to the library by researchers, such as the Harold Paulk Henderson, Sr. Oral History Collection. Original video, audio, and transcripts of the interviews are made available online, when possible.
Please contact Russell Oral History and Media Archivists Callie Holmes or Christian Lopez with any questions about oral history or media collections.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection
First Person Project
Dean Rusk Oral History Collection
D.W. Brooks Oral History Collection
Richard B. Russell, Jr. Oral History Project
Harold Paulk Henderson, Sr. Oral History Collection
Richard B. Russell Library Oral History Documentary Collection
Martin J. Hillenbrand Oral History Collection
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This ongoing collection consists of over 160 video recorded interviews with politically prominent Georgians conducted by Bob Short since 2007. Interviewees include former governors, members of both the U.S. and Georgia Congresses, secretaries of state, lobbyists, journalists, lawyers, activists, and relatives of prominent politicians. The conversations cover many topics at the intersection of politics and public life in modern Georgia, with a particular strength in gubernatorial contests, the Civil Rights movement, reapportionment, the development of Atlanta, the rise of the Republican party in Georgia, political journalism, and the interaction between religion and politics. Interview videos and transcripts can be accessed online via links in the collection level or individual interview finding aids.
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The First Person Project collects personal narratives and oral histories documenting life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Audio recorded interviews are usually between two friends or family members and typically focus on personal stories such as relationships and family histories. Interviews also touch on larger historical and cultural themes such as racial identity, gay rights, the death penalty, and life in Athens and in Georgia. Interview audio can be accessed online via links in the finding aid.
The collection consists of 172 audio recorded oral history interviews with Dean Rusk and his colleagues recorded between 1984-1989. The interviews document Rusk's life from early childhood in the 1910's through his teaching career in the 1980's. The interviews contain information on Rusk's service as U.S. Under Secretary and Secretary of State during the administrations of Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson and his involvement in foreign relations including the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. The interviews also document his position as president of the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1950s. Transcripts can be accessed online via links in the finding aid. Audio may be available upon request.
This collection consists primarily of audio recorded oral history interviews with D.W. Brooks conducted by Brian S. Wills in 1987-1988. D.W. Brooks discusses his family background, his childhood in Royston, Ga., his education, and his involvement with the Methodist church. He speaks extensively about topics related to farming and agriculture in Georgia, including the founding and development of Gold Kist, the poultry industry, fish and cattle production, cotton farming, and the federal government's involvement with farming co-ops. Transcripts can be accessed online via links in the finding aid. Audio may be available upon request.
Richard B. Russell, Jr. Oral History Project
The collection consists of 175 audio recorded oral history interviews relating to the personal and political life of Senator Richard B. Russell. Interviewees include members of the Russell family, his staff and interns, other senators and public figures, and friends. The primary interviewer was Hugh Cates, a public relations manager at Southern Bell and secretary of the Russell Foundation (1977-1981). Most of the interviews were recorded in 1971 after Senator Russell's death. Transcripts available via Interlibrary Loan.
The audio recorded oral history interviews in this collection are the result of research retired political science professor Hal Henderson conducted for two books on Georgia governors, one on Ellis Arnall and the other on Ernest Vandiver. Transcripts can be accessed online via links in the finding aid. Audio may be available upon request.
Interviews and public history programs done by the Russell Library on a variety of topics including the desegregation of UGA, the incorporation of Sandy Springs, and key figures in Georgia politics. Interview audio, video, and transcripts (when available) can be accessed online via links in the finding aid.
This collection consists of 18 audio recorded interviews conducted by John Stark, with former U.S. Ambassador Dr. Martin J. Hillenbrand for Stark's internship with the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) in 2004. Topics include the Berlin Crisis, European Union and its future, Hillenbrand's experience in Burma and India, origins of the Center for East-West Trade Policy (currently the CITS), meeting and marrying his wife, Hillenbrand's monograph Power and Morals, and international economics post-World War II. Transcripts available via Interlibrary Loan.
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U.S. Senate Oral History Program
Georgia Government Documentation Project at Georgia State University
Georgia's Political Heritage Program at the State University of West Georgia
Civil Rights Documentation Project at University of Southern Mississippi
Southern Oral History Program at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky
The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center, University of Virginia
Oral History in the Digital Age
Oral History Association
Oral Histories at the Jimmy Carter Library
Oral Histories at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library
Oral Histories at the John F. Kennedy Library
Oral Histories at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Oral Histories at the Harry S. Truman Library
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Many of our transcripts are available for download as PDFs online. Please consult the collection finding aid to check download availability. Otherwise, transcripts may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.
Registered researchers may request oral history transcripts through the interlibrary loan office where they have borrowing privileges. To initiate a loan request, patrons must first register and create a researcher account at https://uga.aeon.atlas-sys.com/aeon.
After registration, patrons may contact their interlibrary loan office and ask the representative to borrow up to 5 transcripts for them by contacting the University of Georgia Interlibrary Loan Office and specifying that the request is for Russell Library transcripts. Patrons will need to provide the interlibrary loan representative with the name of the oral history collection, the name of the interviewee, and (if applicable) the letter/number identifier. Within the Richard B. Russell Oral History Collection, different interviewers conducted oral histories with some of the same people. In this instance, patrons should designate which interview by giving both the interviewer and interviewee's name.