Presidential Recordings Program

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Reviewed Websites
Date Posted: 9/25/2008

Between 1940 and 1973, Presidents Roosevelt through Nixon secretly recorded 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. Through the use of these recordings, annotated transcripts and researched exhibits, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program makes these remarkable historical sources accessible to scholars, teachers, students, and the public.  This website is a fascinating collection of audio recordings that can be used in or out of the classroom.  The exhibits, which are combinations of recordings and researched background information, are a particularly interesting resource.  This resource is best suited for older students, as some of the recordings include adult language and are unedited.