Mike Mansfield Interview, July 21, 2000


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield discusses his Navy career and his military experiences during and after World War One. He talks about his relations with the Anaconda Company and the Montana Power Company, noting he had little interaction with them. Mansfield briefly mentions the Bonneville Power Administration and their hopes to raise Flathead Lake to increase power downstream. He recalls his initial discussion with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to his trip to China in 1944.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Travel—China; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Bonneville Power Administration; United States. Navy—History—World War, 1914-1918; Americans—China; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Veterans—Montana—Interviews; World War, 1914-1918—Veterans—Montana—Interviews; China—Description and travel

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 391-018

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_018.mp3; OH_391_018.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, July 21, 2000