Center for Presidential History

The Center for Presidential History (CPH) at Southern Methodist University exists to research and advance understanding of the history of the American presidency. The CPH pursues this goal through three primary avenues: Research, the Collective Memory Project, and public events.


The Center for Presidential History produces and supports research on the history of the American presidency, broadly conceived.  Through postdoctoral fellowships, writing fellowships, and publishing volumes based on its own work, the CPH aims to function as a central hub for the most current and innovative research in Presidential History. Learn more.

Collective Memory

The Collective Memory Project (CMP) is an ongoing oral history project, dedicated to enhancing the historical and archival record of various presidential administrations.

The CPH films interviews with members of presidential administrations, as well as both public officials and private citizens who played important roles during those administrations. These interviews are transcribed and prepared for both future online presentation as well as archival storage. Learn more.

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