Center for Presidential History

Center for Presidential History

Collective Memory Project

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.

The first Collective Memory Project explores the George W. Bush presidency and its times. The CPH focuses on key subjects and events from the times, and explores those in-depth through interviews with people from both within and outside of the administration. Key subjects this project explores include, but are not limited to:

  • The Election of 2004 - You can explore our first live project by visiting http://cphcmp.smu.edu/2004election
  • Faith and the Presidency 
  • American Diplomacy: Leaders at Home and Abroad 
  • Judicial Nominations and the Department of Jusice
  • The First Lady and the East Wing
  • Post-9/11 Policy in East and Southeast Asia 
  • The Iraq War