Collective Memory Project

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 Last Card in the Deck":
The Decision to Surge in Iraq

This project explores George W. Bush's decision-making process on his way toward announcing the order to surge American military forces in Iraq in January 2007. The commander in chief spent most of 2006 gathering information, intelligence, and advice from an array of government and non-governmental sources. Our team interviewed more than two dozen of these people from the Department of State, Department of Defense, National Security Council, White House staff, Congress, and more. Click here to explore the videos and transcriptions for this project.


The Election of 2004

The 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.

As we develop a new web-presence for our Collective Memory Project, you can view this Election of 2004 project on the following interim site:

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

Transatlantic Diplomacy after 9/11: The U.S. and Norway


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


The United States
and Latin America