Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project

The Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project was administered by the Ohio Congressional Archives at The Ohio State University.  The project contains the tape recordings, abstracts, and transcripts of twenty-three oral history interviews with former NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn.  Brien R. Williams, under a contract with the Glenn family, conducted the first sixteen oral history sessions from 1996 to 1998.  Jeffrey W. Thomas, the archivist for the Ohio Congressional Archives, conducted the remaining seven interviews in 2008 and 2009.  Subject areas covered by the interviews follow mostly in rough chronological order from John Glenn’s childhood in New Concord, Ohio to his twenty-four years (1975-1999) in the U.S. Senate.

In addition, the project includes two oral history interviews with Mrs. Annie Glenn conducted by Brien R. Williams in 1997.

The oral history tapes, abstracts, and transcripts produced by the project are available for public use in the reading room of the Ohio State University Archives Building, 2700 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Reading room hours are from 9am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Although not required, researchers are advised to contact the archivist for the Ohio Congressional Archives prior to use of the collection.

Collection Inventory

Abstracts and transcripts of the oral history interviews also are available online through OSU’s Knowledge Bank.  Public use of all materials produced by the Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project are subject to the following terms and conditions. The original recordings will be available online in the future after the tapes are digitized.

Knowledge Bank Collection of the Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project

For further information please contact Jeffrey W. Thomas at the Ohio Congressional Archives, 2700 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210, telephone 614.688.8429, fax 614.688.4150, or email thomas.1082@osu.edu.

Interview Date Topic
1 October 25, 1996 Childhood in New Concord, Ohio, part 1, 80 pages
2 October 28, 1996 Childhood in New Concord, Ohio, part 2, 49 pages
3 December 6, 1996 Clinton 1996 Presidential Campaign; Congressional Trip to East Asia in 1996; and Enlistment in the Military during World War II, 90 pages
4 December 12, 1996 Student Days at Muskingum College; and Military Flight Training, 1942-1943, 60 pages
5 January 16, 1997 Combat Mission in the Marshall Islands during World War II, part 1, 50 pages
6 February 7, 1997 Combat Missions in the Marshall Islands during World War II, part 2, 47 pages
7 February 10, 1997 World War II Summary; and Test Pilot Assignment in 1945, 16 pages
8 April 7, 1997 Retirement from the U.S. Senate Annoucement Speech, 48 pages
9 April 18 1997 Campaign Finance Reform Hearings, part 1. 42 pages
10 April 28, 1997 Post-World War II Duty Assignments, 1946-1948, 34 pages
11 May 12, 1997 Post-World War II Duty Assignments, 1948-1953, 50 pages
12 June 9, 1997 Campaign Finance Reform Hearings, part 2, 42 pages
13 June 23, 1997 Campaign Finance Reform Heraing, part 3, 32 pages
14 March 13, 1998 Combat Missions during the Korean War with the U.S. Marine Corps, 34 pages
15 March 23, 1998 Combat Missions in the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force, 36 pages
16 March 27, 1998 Korean War Memorial; Navy Test Pilot Assignment in the 1950s, 22 pages
17 March 7, 2008 Project Bullet Record Setting Transcontinental Flight, 24 pages
18 April 21, 2008 NASA Project Mercury Astronaut Selection and Training, 47 pages
19 May 23, 2008 Friendship 7 Space Flight, 46 pages
20 October 20, 2008 NASA Activities in the 1960s; U.S. Sentate Campaign in 1964, 33 pages
21 January 13, 2009 Business Career and Political Activities, 1965-1974, 37 pages
22 February 20, 2009 U.S. Senate Career, 1970s-1980s, part 1, 50 pages
23 June 19, 2009 U.S. Senate Career, 1970s-1980s, part 2; 1984 Presidential Campaign; Ohio State University Commencement Speech, 2009, 44 pages
Annie Glenn 1 October 31, 1997 William and Hillary Clinton; State Dinners; Dinner with Lyndon B. Johnson; Family and Homes, 26 pages
Annie Glenn 2 November 7, 1997 Childhood in New Concord, Ohio, 27 pages

The Senator John H. Glenn Oral History Project was administered by the Ohio Congressional Archives at The Ohio State University.  The project contains the tape recordings, abstracts, and transcripts of twenty-three oral history interviews with former NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn.  Brien R. Williams, under a contract with the Glenn family, conducted the first sixteen oral history sessions from 1996 to 1998.  Jeffrey W. Thomas, the archivist for the Ohio Congressional Archives, conducted the remaining seven interviews in 2008 and 2009.  Subject areas covered by the interviews follow mostly in rough chronological order from John Glenn’s childhood in New Concord, Ohio to his twenty-four years (1975-1999) in the U.S. Senate.

 

In addition, the project includes two oral history interviews with Mrs. Annie Glenn conducted by Brien R. Williams in 1997.

 

The oral history tapes, abstracts, and transcripts produced by the project are available for public use in the reading room of the Ohio State University Archives Building, 2700 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Reading room hours are from 9am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Although not required, researchers are advised to contact the archivist for the Ohio Congressional Archives prior to use of the collection.