Mike Mansfield Interview, February 18, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield reflects on his wife Maureen Hayes Mansfield’s life and education. Then he offers his opinion on Japan’s present and future status, the role he thinks that the United States should play, and how the U.S. should approach relations with other Asian nations such as China, North Korea, and South Korea. Mansfield voices his support for these Asian nations to create economic agreements with each other, whether the U.S. is involved or not. He also talks about the places in China that he visited during his service in the Marines. Don Oberdorfer recalls Mansfield's 97th birthday lunch on March 17, 2000, in his ending notes.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Family; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Ambassadors—Japan; Ex-legislators—United States—interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Japan—Foreign relations—United States; Japan—Politics and government—20th century; United States—Foreign relations—Japan; United States—Foreign relations—East Asia

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 391-015

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

67 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_015.mp3; OH_391_015.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, February 18, 2000