Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes

MC 1410

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Samuel Ownbey, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Woods, Randall Bennett, 1944-
Title
Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes
Inclusive Dates
1988-1996
Identification
MC 1410
Extent
1.63 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Abstract
82 audiocassette tapes containing interviews conducted by Randall Woods with J. William Fulbright, Dale Bumpers, McGeorge Bundy, Orval Faubus, Allan Gilbert, Hoyt Purvis, Arthur Schlesinger, Dean Rusk, Lee Williams, and others as part of research for Woods' biography on Fulbright.

Access Information

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Use Information

No use restrictions apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).)

Acquisition Information

The Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes were donated to the Special Collections Department by Randall B. Woods in October 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Robyn Spears and Samuel Ownbey; completed in August 2019.

Preferred Form of Citation

Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes (MC 1410), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Randall Bennett Woods (1944 - ) received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1972. In 1985 he was named John A. Cooper Professor of American History and in 1996 was promoted to Distinguished Professor. Woods has served as Associate Dean, Interim Dean, and Dean of Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The interviews in this collection were collected by Woods for his award -winning Fulbright: A Biography (Cambridge, 1995), which was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and which won the Ferrell and Ledbetter Prizes. In 2006, the Free Press published LBJ: Architect of American Ambition. Woods was selected to be both Mary Ball Washington Distinguished Professor at University College, Dublin and the Fulbright 50th Anniversary Chair at the University of Bonn.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes eighty-two audiocassette tapes containing interviews conducted by Randall Woods with J. William Fulbright, Dale Bumpers, McGeorge Bundy, Orval Faubus, Allan Gilbert, Hoyt Purvis, Arthur Schlesinger, Dean Rusk, Lee Williams, and others as part of research for Woods' biography on Fulbright. The locations of the interviews include Fayetteville, AR; Washington, D.C.; and Bonn, Germany.

Related Materials

Records relating to the Randall B. Woods Interview Tapes include:

J. William Fulbright Papers, MC 144

J. William Fulbright Papers, Second Accession, MC 144B

J. William Fulbright Papers, Post-Senatorial Papers, MC 144C

J. William Fulbright Papers Addendum, MC 144D

Arrangement of the Papers

Tapes have been retained in Woods' original order, with original tape numbers; they are arranged alphabetically by interviewee except for tapes #81 and 82.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007

Purvis, Hoyt H.

Bumpers, Dale

Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994

Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-1994

Ball, George W.

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

    Box 1

    Box 1 Item 1

    Randall Woods Interview with George Ball, Princeton, New Jersey, July 6, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's support of a British loan; Ball notes that he saw eye to eye with Fulbright.

    Box 1 Item 2

    Randall Woods Interview with Eloise Baerg King, February 15, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include King's education; Fayetteville; University of Arkansas history; Fulbright race relations and Civil Rights; and religion.

    Box 1 Item 3

    Randall Woods Interview with Eloise Baerg King (continued), February 15, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's involvement with art, music, and a book club.

    Box 1 Item 4

    Randall Woods Interview with Anna Thomas & Clara Buchanan, June 7, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Anna Thomas' experience working for Fulbright; Richard Russell; and the process of getting a co-sponsor on a bill.

    Box 1 Item 5

    Randall Woods Interview with Anna Thomas & Clara Buchanan, June 7, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's social life.

    Box 1 Item 6

    Randall Woods Interview with Dale Bumpers, Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 30, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the 1974 U. S. Senate campaign in Arkansas.

    Box 1 Item 7

    Randall Woods Interview with McGeorge Bundy, New York, August 1, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Bundy's role with the Kennedy administration and his social interactions with Fulbright.

    Box 1 Item 8

    Randall Woods Interview with Willie Lawson, William Bundy, Princeton, N.J., July 5, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the idea of American Exceptionalism, William Westmoreland, and the Vietnam War.

    Box 1 Item 9

    Randall Woods Interview with William Bundy, Princeton, N.J., July 5, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's mother, Roberta Fulbright, and politics.

    Box 1 Item 10

    Randall Woods Interview with Liz Carpenter, Austin, Texas, May 10, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Carpenter's job as press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson, and President Lydon B. Johnson's experience in and with Congress.

    Box 1 Item 11

    Randall Woods Interview with Clark Clifford, Washington, D.C., May 13, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Vietnam; Bobby Kennedy; Lyndon B. Johnson; and Betty Fulbright.

    Box 1 Item 12

    Randall Woods Interview with William Darden, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Darden's experience as a Senate Armed Services Committee staff member; Richard Russell; Betty Fulbright; and the Southern Manifesto.

    Box 1 Item 13

    Randall Woods Interview with Douglas Dillon, New York, May 5, 1993 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Dillon's friendship with Fulbright; his experience as Eisenhower's Ambassador to France in State Department in 1953; and Fulbright's fiscal policy.

    Box 1 Item 14

    Randall Woods Interview with Monroe and Mary Donstun, New York, October 19, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the Donstun's meeting Fulbright in 1977; the Denmark International Exchange of Persons; and Fulbright abroad.

    Box 1 Item 15

    Randall Woods Interview with Doug Douglas, Fayetteville, March 29, 1993 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Douglas' father's friendship with Fulbright, as well as is father's career in the FBI and Naval Intelligence.

    Box 1 Item 16

    Randall Woods Interview with Jacquie Douglas, September 28, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Content unreadable at time of processing.

    Box 1 Item 17

    Randall Woods Interview with Fred Dutton, May 5, 1993 Audiocassette tape

    Content unreadable at time of processing.

    Box 1 Item 18

    Randall Woods Interview with John Ehrlicher, undated Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

    Box 1 Item 19

    Randall Woods Interview with Emmy Eichler, Washington, D.C., March 13, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Eichler, the Fulbrights' housekeeper, discusses topics like Fulbright's day-to-day habits and TV-watching.

    Box 1 Item 20

    Randall Woods Interview with John Erickson, Atlanta, Georgia, October 13, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include an election and the Fulbright resolution.

    Box 1 Item 21

    Randall Woods Interview with John Erickson, Atlanta, Georgia, #3, October 13, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Vietnam; Russians; harassment.

    Box 1 Item 22

    Randall Woods Interview with Orval Faubus, Conway, Arkansas, May 31, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Content unreadable at time of processing.

    Box 1 Item 23

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, October 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fayetteville; family; the Rhodes Scholarship; connections made in Oxford; 1988 current events.

    Box 1 Item 24

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, DC #3, 4, October 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the Springdale Railroad Station; 1948; his wife Betty's reaction to his running for office.

    Box 1 Item 25

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, D.C. #5,6, October 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Carl Murphy; co-sponsoring a deregulation bill 1955-1956; Robert Taft; need for education; Oxford vs. Fayetteville.

    Box 1 Item 26

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, D.C. #7, 8, October 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright as an anti-Vietnam War figure; Jane Fonda; Lyndon Johnson.

    Box 1 Item 27

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, D.C. #9, 10, undated Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Dean Rusk and Henry Louth.

    Box 1 Item 28

    Randall Woods Interview with J. William Fulbright, Washington, D.C. #11, October 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Ronald Reagan; Evra Herriman; his father's work on the railraod; Paul Hoffman Studebaker.

    Box 1 Item 29

    Randall Woods Interview with Allan Gilbert, Fayetteville, October 17, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include children and grandchildren; staff.

    Box 1 Item 30

    Randall Woods Interview with Allan Gilbert, Fayetteville, October 17, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Gilbert's manuscript; handwriting; expectations; family funeral.

    Box 1 Item 31

    Randall Woods Interview with Gillstrap, June 23, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Content unreadable at time of processing.

    Box 1 Item 33

    Randall Woods Interview with Pat Holt Washington, October 7, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include journalism school; Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1959-1974; Hubert Humphrey; John F. Kennedy; Arthur Gardner; Cuba.

    Box 1 Item 34

    Randall Woods Interview with Kitty Johnson Washington, DC, March 13, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Arkansas politics; Brooks Hays; Little Rock Crisis.

    Box 2 Item 35

    Randall Woods Interview with Norville Jones, Washington, DC, June 27, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the Dominican Republic; Lyndon B. Johnson; Jones' staff roles.

    Box 2 Item 36

    Randall Woods Interview with Norville Jones, Washington, DC, June 27, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Congressional opinion of the Vietnam War; media coverage of the Vietnam War.

    Box 2 Item 37

    Randall Woods Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach, Princeton, NJ, July 5, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Vietnam; Lyndon B. Johnson; Barry Goldwater; Congress; Tuesday Luncheon meetings; U.S. State Department.

    Box 2 Item 38

    Randall Woods Interview with Ulrich Hittman, Bonn, West Germany, July 18-19, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's understanding with West Germany; program with East Germany; relationship between State Department and Germany; Fulbright's 1961 comments about Germany.

    Box 2 Item 39

    Randall Woods Interview with Ulrich Hittman, Bonn, West Germany, July 18-19, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include de-Nazification Process; re-education efforts; Commission of 1952; recognizing Germany as a sovereign country; cultural exchange of notes.

    Box 2 Item 40

    Randall Woods Interview with James Lowenstein, Washington, DC , October 3, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright on Charles de Gaulle; Southeast Asia; 1960 Salon.

    Box 2 Item 41

    Randall Woods Interview with Douglas Mac Arthur, II, Washington, DC , June 24, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Content unreadable at time of processing.

    Box 2 Item 42

    Randall Woods Interview with Thomas Mann, Austin, TX, May 10, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include US-Argentina Relations

    Box 2 Item 43

    Randall Woods Interview with Mike Mansfield, Washington, DC, July 12, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Lyndon B. Johnson; Vietnam War.

    Box 2 Item 44

    Randall Woods Interview with Carl Marcy, Washington, October 10, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Vietnam War; foreign aid; media.

    Box 2 Item 45

    Randall Woods Interview withs, Side #1 with Carl Marcy, Washington; Side #2 with Dean Rusk, Athens, Georgia, October 10, 1988; October 14, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Side 1 topics include Gamal Abdel Nasser inviting Fulbright to Cairo; Jerusalem Hebrew University Speech; McCarthyism; Side #2 was not readable at time of processing.

    Box 2 Item 46

    Randall Woods Interview with George McGovern, June 27, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include hearings on the Vietnam War; McGovern-Hatfield ammendment; Hubert Humphrey; Richard Nixon; protests.

    Box 2 Item 47

    Randall Woods Interview with Harry McPherson, Washington, DC, July 12, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include McPherson's work as a speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson; Fulbright speech about Europe as ally.

    Box 2 Item 48

    Randall Woods Interview with Richard Moore, Washington, DC, June 29, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Cambodia and concerns regarding war.

    Box 2 Item 49

    Randall Woods Interview with John Newhouse, Washington, DC, June 27, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include journalism; Fulbright in the Middle East; Collier's Magazine

    Box 2 Item 50

    Randall Woods Interview with Henrietta Peck, Little Rock, May 23, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fort Smith; Hotel Frederica; Washington Hotel; meeting Betty Fulbright.

    Box 2 Item 51

    Randall Woods Interview with Walter Pincus, undated Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Yale University; army; Wall Street Journal.

    Box 2 Item 52

    Randall Woods Interview with Walter Pincus, Washington, DC, March 11, 1996 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include church; lobbying; Joseph McCarthy.

    Box 2 Item 53

    Randall Woods Interview with Hoyt Purvis, Fayetteville, AR #1, 2, January 9, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Purvis' work for Fulbright; Jonesboro; Texas; the Daily Texan; Fall 1961 editorial defending Fulbright; Chile; France; foreign exchange.

    Box 2 Item 54

    Randall Woods Interview with Hoyt Purvis, Fayetteville, AR #3, 4, January 9, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include lobbying; John F. Kennedy's death.

    Box 2 Item 54

    Randall Woods Interview with Hoyt Purvis, Fayetteville, AR #5, January 9, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Betty Fulbright; Arkansas.

    Box 2 Item 55

    Randall Woods Interview with Cassandra Pyle, New York, October 19, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright and civil rights; NAFSA.

    Box 2 Item 56

    Randall Woods Interview with William Rogers, Washington, DC, May 2, 1993 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Dwight D. Eisenhower administration; John McClellan; European community.

    Box 2 Item 57

    Randall Woods Interview with Walt W. Rostow, Austin, Texas, #1, 2, November 15, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include the Washington Star; Dean Rusk; Lyndon B. Johnson; South Vietnam.

    Box 2 Item 58

    Randall Woods Interview with Walt W. Rostow, Austin, Texas, #3, 4, November 15, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Lyndon B. Johnson's resistance to 1964 geopolitics; Vietnam War.

    Box 2 Item 59

    Randall Woods Interview with Dean Rusk, Athens, Georgia, #1, 2, October 14, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Betty Fulbright; Harry S. Truman; Rhodes Scholar; Fulbright as chair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    Box 2 Item 60

    Randall Woods Interview with Arthur Schlesinger, New York, #1, 2, August 1, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright and Israel; relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson; Betty Fulbright's death; relationship with Robert Kennedy.

    Box 2 Item 61

    Randall Woods Interview with Patti Smith, Fayetteville, AR, #1, 2, September 23, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright family.

    Box 2 Item 62

    Randall Woods Interview with Patti Smith, Fayetteville, AR, #3, September 23, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include history of the Fulbright family; time spent in Fayetteville.

    Box 2 Item 63

    Randall Woods Interview with Judge William J. Smith, Litte Rock, AR, #1, 2, May 23, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include workmen's compensation bills; work with the Railroad Brotherhood.

    Box 2 Item 64

    Randall Woods Interview with Judge William J. Smith, Litte Rock, AR, #3, 4, May 23, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include integration of Little Rock Central High School.

    Box 2 Item 65

    Randall Woods Interview with Judge William J. Smith, Little Rock, AR, #5, 6, May 23, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include plans to open national office for the Young Democrats; Fulbright vs. Faubus.

    Box 2 Item 66

    Randall Woods Interview with Witt Stephens, Little Rock, AR, #1, 2, May 24, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include importance of natural gas in Arkansas economy; letters to Fulbright.

    Box 2 Item 67

    Randall Woods Interview with Seth Tillman, Washington, D.C., #1, 2, October 6, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Tillman's experience as former intern for Fulbright; Fulbright in the Senate.

    Box 2 Item 68

    Randall Woods Interview with Parker Westbrook, Little Rock, AR, #1, 2, June 9, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Democratic party in Arkansas; Fulbright's relationship with Dale Bumpers.

    Box 3 Item 69

    Randall Woods Interview with Lee Williams, Washington, D.C., #1, 2, October 3, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's perceptions as a southerner in the Senate; John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations; Fulbright and the Little Rock Crisis.

    Box 3 Item 70

    Randall Woods Interview with Lee Williams, Washington, D.C., #3, 4, October 4, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Discussion of Williams' influence on Fulbright.

    Box 3 Item 71

    Randall Woods Interview with Lee Williams, Washington, D.C. #1, 2, June 20, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's sponsorship of a bill to deregulate natural gas; decision to sign Southern Manifesto.

    Box 3 Item 72

    Randall Woods Interview with Lee Williams, Washington, D.C., #3, 4, June 20, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's staff; race relations; Lyndon B. Johnson.

    Box 3 Item 73

    Randall Woods Interview with Lee Williams, Washington, D.C., #5, 6, June 20, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright and the Lyndon B. Johnson administration; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Richard Nixon administration; Pentagon Papers.

    Box 3 Item 74

    Randall Woods Interview with Betsy Winnacker, location not specified, #1, 2, Undated Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's family.

    Box 3 Item 75

    Randall Woods Interview with Frank Valeo, Washington, D.C., #1, 2, October 2, 1991 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Valeo's service as Secretary of the U.S. Senate 1966-1977; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Lyndon B. Johnson administration.

    Box 3 Item 76

    Randall Woods interveiw with Ralph Vogel, Washington, D.C., #1, 2, June 22, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Tape contents were unreadable at the time of processing.

    Box 3 Item 77

    Randall Woods Interview with Jack Yingling, Savannah, GA, #1, 2, October 12, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright and Homer Adkins; race relations; Fulbright's early political career.

    Box 3 Item 78

    Randall Woods Interview with Jack Yingling, Savannah, GA, #3, 4, October 12, 1988 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Fulbright's staff; Vietnam War.

    Box 3 Item 79

    Randall Woods Interview with Susie Zorn, Fayetteville, AR, #1, 2, September 23, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Zorn's mother, Anna Fulbright; Fulbright and Betty's relationship; insight on Fulbright's personality.

    Box 3 Item 80

    Randall Woods Interview with Susie Zorn, Fayetteville, AR, #3, 4, September 23, 1989 Audiocassette tape

    Topics include Zorn's father; Fulbright family; Betty Fulbright in Washington.

    Box 3 Item 81

    Randall Woods Interview with Bosey Foote and others, location not specified, #1, 2, September 8-14, 1990 Audiocassette tape

    Tape has no audio for approximately the first 15 minutes.

    Box 3 Item 82

    Tape not labeled or dated save for "#3", Undated Audiocassette tape

    Interviewee not identified.

    END OF COLLECTION

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