Interview with Terry L. Birdwhistell, June 9, 2015

Project: Interviewing the Interviewers Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Terry Birdwhistell discusses the beginning of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky in the 1970s. He talks about their early projects, which focused on the lives and careers of Kentucky politicians. He talks about oral history methods and equipment, as well as the philosophy of the Nunn Center in terms of experimenting with new ideas.

Birdwhistell talks about the oral history project the Nunn Center was conducting on the life and career of John Sherman Cooper. He talks about Cooper's relationship with John and Jackie Kennedy, which led Birdwhistell to consider interviewing Jackie Kennedy for the project. He talks about navigating his way through New York, and his nervousness prior to the interview. He talks about the equipment he used and the technical difficulties he experienced with the earpiece of his recorder. Birdwhistell discusses the interview itself and the types of questions he asked Jackie Kennedy. Birdwhistell talks about how Jackie Kennedy signed a release form for the interview with no questions, but says he received a call from her attorney later asking to renegotiate the terms of the release. He talks about why he chose not to publicize having conducted this interview. He talks about a biographer writing a book on Jackie Kennedy who came to the library to use the interview.

Interview Accession

2015oh415_ii002

Interviewee Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interviewer Name

Douglas A. Boyd

Interview Date

2015-06-09

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Birdwhistell, Terry L. Interview by Douglas A. Boyd. 09 Jun. 2015. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Birdwhistell, T.L. (2015, June 09). Interview by D. A. Boyd. Interviewing the Interviewers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Birdwhistell, Terry L., interview by Douglas A. Boyd. June 09, 2015, Interviewing the Interviewers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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