Our guest is historian and author Timothy Naftali. He discusses the oral history project he conducted during his tenure as Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Between himself and his assistant, Paul Musgrave, there were over 140 interviews performed in various locations throughout the country. He states the goal of the project was to obtain oral histories from members of Richard Nixon’s administration as well as other prominent figures from the Nixon era. Most of the histories are available on the library’s website nixonlibrary.gov as well as c-span.org.
Naftali discusses interviews with White House Special Counsel Charles Colson, Treasury Secretary George Shultz and Acting Attorney General Robert Bork, to name a few. Naftali details the challenges he faced as the first federal director of the museum which was privately run for seventeen years prior to becoming a federal facility administered by the National Archives and Records Administration in 2007. [Broadcast Date: February 17, 2013]
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