Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties—Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Nixon—secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.
At its May meeting, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded the PRP $127,843 for 2008/09. The NHPRC's press release is available here.
The LBJ Library today released telephone tapes from January to April 1968. The Library's press release is available here.
We now have the Nixon Tapes Finding Aids and NARA transcripts online in searchable format. This includes all the NARA finding aids as well as transcripts prepared during various Watergate related trials.
C-Span has been airing its coverage of an event at which the editors of the recently published The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, Toward the Great Society, February 1-May 31, 1964 spoke at the Wilson Center. You can watch the program online here.
The editors of the recently published The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, Toward the Great Society, February 1-May 31, 1964 spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. You can watch the video of the event at the Wilson Center's website.
W.W. Norton has published the latest volumes of our LBJ print series (The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson, vols. 4/5/6), spanning the period February through May 1964. More information. It is available for purchase online at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
These volumes were edited by Kent Germany, Robert Johnson, Guian McKee, and David Shreve. The General Editors were Ernest May and Timothy Naftali.
President Richard Nixon∇ described the Supreme Court's June 1971 Pentagon Papers∇ decision as "unbelievable" and "stinking," and vowed "to change that court," during an unusually frank telephone conversation on July 1, 1971, with FBI∇ Director J. Edgar Hoover∇.
It was the last recorded act of official anti-Semitism by the United States government. Boy, was it ever recorded! On Sept. 24, the presidential recordings program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs released transcripts of Nixon White House tapes concerning the unauthorized publication in the New York Times and the Washington Post of the Pentagon Papers∇.
An audio clip and transcript of the conversation was posted to the Web this week by the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. According to the program's Ken Hughes, the National Archives made this conversation available to the public in October 1999, but Hughes believes this is the first time a transcript and sound clip of it has been published.
Let's go to the tape!
Having married LBJ in 1934, Lady Bird Johnson proved a vital source of support and advice throughout LBJ’s political career, especially during their time in the White House.
THE unsealing by the C.I.A last week of the documents it called its “family jewels” was an only-in-America moment. A secret intelligence service freely admitted its crimes and blunders.
The CIA∇’s release on June 26 of the so-called “family jewels,” in response to a FOIA submission by the National Security Archive, included new information on Project Mockingbird, an operation in which the CIA wiretapped two American national security journalists in 1963. In 2001, the PRP published transcripts documenting the Kennedy administration’s response to the Baldwin leak and the origins of Project Mockingbird, including the August 1962 meeting where PFIAB presented the proposal to President Kennedy. Also included were transcripts of subsequent discussions between President Kennedy and McCone. McCone’s objective was to create the group under his own authority in such a way that it would not be traced back directly to the President himself.
Former President Gerald Ford∇ died December 26, 2006. Below are some Transcript+Audio clips of Ford speaking with presidents Johnson and Nixon.
At the G-8 Summit, an open mike captured some unvarnished comments from President George W. Bush about the current crisis in Lebanon and some of the personalities involved. Although John F. Kennedy controlled his own microphones, he would occasionally forget that they were on. In this July 1962 conversation about machismo in the Pentagon and its absence in the State Department, Kennedy’s offers his own version of the candor exhibited by Bush in Russia.
Caspar W. Weinberger∇, the Reagan∇-era defense secretary who died March 28, 2006, got his start in the executive branch from President Richard M. Nixon. Nixon appointed him deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970. Weinberger became known as "Cap the Knife" for resisting requests for budget increases. During this June 8, 1971, Oval Office conversation, however, Nixon made it perfectly clear that Weinberger was to spend money on creating jobs regardless of the impact on inflation or the budget.