Mike Mansfield Interview, April 20, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Don Oberdorfer begins the interview by describing his recent travels to China and to different archives and libraries to search for more sources for his book on Mike Mansfield. Mansfield discusses President Jimmy Carter’s policy against the proliferation and reprocessing of nuclear materials and the negotiations he went through to keep some Japanese plutonium plants open. He talks about his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War, and the way he continued to advocate bringing an end to the war. He also recalls South Korea’s involvement in the war. Mansfield talks about his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield’s, involvement in his early campaigns in Montana, which included memorizing people’s names in the phone book and giving speeches on his behalf. He briefly mentions a meeting he had with Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Mansfield concludes by describing the two times he ran away from home as a young teen.


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Document Type

Oral History


Carter, Jimmy, 1924- ; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Childhood and youth; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Nuclear nonproliferation; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; President—United States; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Korea—History, Military—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 391-016

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

60 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_016.mp3; OH_391_016.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, April 20, 2000