Mike Mansfield Interview, October 29, 1998


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about his time in Japan and tells stories of his attempts to influence the culture by pouring tea in place of the women who did so in Japan. They also discuss some of the artwork that Mansfield acquired during his life, including a map of East Asia that Mansfield used as a reference while he tracked current affairs in the region. Mansfield talks about his personal life briefly, about how his parents ended up in Great Falls and about financial struggles during strained economic times. He also talks about his close relationship with Illinois Republican Senator and Minority Leader Everett Dirksen. Mansfield worked closely with Dirksen to pass the Civil Rights bill and lots of other notable legislation. Mansfield also talks about a former Senate aide named Michael Pillsbury, who Mansfield remembers as a trouble maker.


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Document Type

Oral History


Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Family; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; Ambassadors—Japan; Diplomatic and consular service, American—Japan; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Japan—Foreign Relations—United States; United States—Foreign relations—Japan; United States—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 391-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

81 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_006.mp3; OH_391_006.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, October 29, 1998