John Melcher Interview, January 11, 2007


John Melcher


Donald E. Spritzer



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John Melcher discusses the Congressional Elections of 1972, 1974, and 1976, the year that he was first elected to the United States senate. He describes his experiences under the Nixon Administration, including Nixon’s impeachment and resignation from Presidential Office, the Alaska Pipeline Bill, and President Gerald Ford’s veto of Melcher’s proposed Animal Health Research Bill. Melcher also discusses his experiences with President Jimmy Carter when they were both working in the United States Senate, the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty, the Northern Tier Pipeline controversy, his opinions of the Reagan Administration, and the National Conservative Political Action Committee. Melcher describes the role of television advertising in presidential campaigns and his relationships with various politicians including Lee Metcalf, Mike Mansfield, John Glenn, and Jesse Helms.


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Document Type

Oral History


Twentieth Century United States Politics; Political history; Nixon Administration; Ford Administration; Reagan Administration; Alaska Pipeline Bill; Animal Health Research Bill; Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty; National Conservative Political Action Committee; Television advertising; Political campaigns

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

John Melcher Interviews Oral History Project, OH 411, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 411-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (35 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:58:51 minutes

Local Filename

OH_411_002.mp3; OH_411_002.pdf

John Melcher Interview, January 11, 2007