Mike Mansfield Interview, September 9, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about a variety of topics including his father’s construction accident, his friendship with Pete Meloy, and a discussion on China that Mansfield had with President Truman. Mansfield also discussed his habit of carrying up-to-date newspaper clippings at all times, which listed the number of dead and wounded from the Vietnam War. Mansfield also talks briefly about his part in passing the 26th amendment, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote. Mansfield goes on to talk about how he ended up working for Goldman Sachs. Mansfield also talks again about his travels in China and about the nation’s current and future political outlook.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994; Russell, Danny; Thomas, Elbert Duncan, 1883-1953; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Vietnam War, 1961-1975—Casualties; Flathead Lake (Montana)

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 391-010

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_010.mp3; OH_391_010.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, September 9, 1999