Mike Mansfield Interview, August 18, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Mike Mansfield talks about his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield’s, early life and how he met her when he moved to Butte to attend the School of Mines. Mansfield shifts to talking about his travels in China, recalling the interesting people and places he experienced during the trips. He also remembers visiting Chinese diplomat Chou En Lai in 1974. They also discuss Mansfield’s trip to China in 1922 while he was in the Marines. Mansfield describes a ‘warlord China’ that was prone to internal conflict. Mansfield also describes the process he went through to visit China during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Marriage; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Americans—China; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; 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 391-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

65 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_009.mp3; OH_391_009.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, August 18, 1999