Foreign Affairs Oral History CollectionBen Franklin

Directed by Charles Stuart Kennedy, the Foreign Affairs Oral History program is one of the major activities of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST).  Since its inauguration in the 1980s, Kennedy and his colleagues have conducted more than 2,400 interviews of retired Foreign Service Officers and others closely associated with America’s recent diplomatic history.

In addition to individual interviews, “Country and Subject Readers” have been assembled giving reminiscences of those who served in particular countries or dealt with specific topics.  ADST also highlights compelling moments in U.S. diplomatic history from their oral histories. Further information can be obtained from the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

Following agreement between ADST and the Library of Congress, oral histories in the collection are posted on the Library of Congress website. The interviews are also posted on ADST's website.

pdfSusan B. Mairta, “Telling Our Stories: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Program,” Foreign Service Journal (March 2014).

pdfCharles Stuart Kennedy, “Kennedy on Oral History,” ADST Newsletter, Spring 2006.

pdfKen Brown and Veda Engel, “Still Telling Their Stories: ADST’s Oral History Program,” Foreign Service Journal (July/August 2003).