Full Title: Personal interviews, the John A. Carver Jr. Oral History Project.

Creator: Carver, Jr., John A, 1918-2016

Interviewer & Producer: Smith, Don C., 1953-

Abstract: In the personal interviews (accessible by streaming video) conducted in December 2008 and January 2009, John A. Carver Jr. reflects on six key periods of his life including: his first experiences in Washington, D.C., during the years 1936-1937; his role as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator Frank Church from 1957-1960; the post-1960 general election transition of U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy to president and the similarities to the 2008 transition of U.S. Senator Barack Obama; observations about the U.S. Department of the Interior, its history, and the challenges facing new secretary Ken Salazar; years as Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1961-1966; Federal Power Commissioner from 1966 to 1972.

Subjects: The Wheeler Committee; U.S. Senator and Mrs. Harry S. Truman; Mark Felt; U.S. Senator William E. Borah; the “Brain Trust” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; U.S. Senator Frank Church; U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson; U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy; Robert F. Kennedy; Sargent Shriver; the “Plum Book;” Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara; Congressman Stewart Udall; President John F. Kennedy; Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall; U.S. Senator Ken Salazar; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz; Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar; U.S. Secretary of the Interior James Watt; “The Department of Everything Else;” “The Department of the West;” recreation on federal lands; the National Park Service; speech making; attendance at cabinet meetings; relationships with the U.S. Congress; U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee Wayne Aspinall; in-house controversies at Interior; Caribou Creek Conference; St. Louis Arch; Air Force One; President Lyndon B. Johnson; Federal Power Commission; 1964 blackout; natural gas group ratemaking.


Session I: First Experiences in Washington D.C.: 1936-1937 View Video
Session II: Administrative Assistant for Sen. Frank Church: 1957-1960 View Video
Session III: Thinking About Presidential Transitions: John F. Kennedy – 1960 and Barack Obama – 2008 View Video
Session IV: Observations About the U.S. Department of the Interior, Its History, and New Secretary of the Interior Colorado Native Ken Salazar View Video
Session V: Years at the U.S. Department of the Interior: 1961-1966 View Video
Session VI: Member of the Federal Power Commission 1966-1972 View Video
Session VII: Evolution of Environmentalism in the U.S. View Video
Session VIII: Role of the US Gov as Proprietor of the Public Lands View Video

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