Collective Memory Project

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, beginning with the presidency of George W. Bush. 

The first Collective Memory Project explores the oft-overlooked, yet pivotal election cycle of 2004. 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.

You can explore our first live project by visiting

Future Projects:

The CPH is currently working on projects focused on the issues listed below.  The CPH team films interviews with members of presidential administrations, as well as both public officials and private citizens who played important roles during these events. These interviews are transcribed and prepared for future public presentation via the web and other publishing venues. 


Faith and the Presidency


"The Last Card in the Deck"
The Surge in Iraq, 2007


Judicial Nominations and the Department of Justice


The First Lady
and the
East Wing


Post-9/11 Policy in
East and Southeast Asia


American Diplomacy: Leaders at Home and Abroad