Evan Barrett Interview, April 20, 2022


Evan Barrett


Bob Brown



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Evan Barrett discusses his early years growing up in Montana as the son of an Irish-Catholic father and a Jewish mother. He talks about his family’s background in coal mining and with the Montana Democratic Party. Barrett highlights his own experiences with state and national politics starting in the 1970s through the Constitutional Convention (the Con-Con), and as Democratic National Committee Man. Barrett details his work running specific Democratic Party campaigns and relationships with the candidates, including Senators Lee Metcalf, Pat Williams, John Melcher, Conrad Burns, and Max Baucus. His work with state candidates and officeholders includes governors, state representatives, state senators and state executives: Forrest Anderson, Tom Judge, Ted Schwinden, Brian Schweitzer, Stan Stephens, Marc Racicot, and Judy Martz, Mark O’Keefe, Don Peoples, and Karl Ohs. Barrett covers topics including copper mining closures, documentary on Lee Metcalf, and friendship with Pat Williams and running his campaign for free.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century; Twenty-first century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 396-085

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:36:46 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_085.mp3; OH_396_085.pdf

Evan Barrett Interview, April 20, 2022
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