Mike Mansfield Interview, November 26, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about his parents and how little he knew about them. He notes his lack of interest in his genealogical background or contacting any distant relatives. Mansfield discusses his mother’s death when he was six years old and how his family moved to Great Falls, Montana, to live near his great aunt. He reminisces about his many trips to China, where he met with people including Chiang Kai-shek, the former president of the Republic of China, and Anne Chennault. Mansfield recalls his relationship with the Montana media, noting that they always treated him fairly. He also describes the Anaconda Copper Company’s role in Montana political campaigns, due to their control over Montana’s newspapers and economy.


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Document Type

Oral History


Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963—Assassination; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Family; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Travel—China; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; Anaconda Company—Political activity—Montana; Americans—China; Ex-legislators—United States—interviews; Political campaigns—Montana; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; China—Description and travel; Montana—Politics and government—20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 391-013

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

59 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_013.mp3; OH_391_013.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, November 26, 1999