Mike Mansfield Interview, October 23, 1999


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer



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Don Oberdorfer interviews Mike Mansfield in his apartment where they discuss the décor, the photographs on the walls, and the history behind some of the items. Mansfield talks about the current Senate and attending prayer breakfasts while the Senate is in session. He also discusses having recently attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for former Speaker of the House Tom Foley. Mansfield recalls serving as ambassador to Japan, and a letter that he sent to President Ronald Reagan advising him on how to handle Japan’s growing military. Mansfield also mentions his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield, her health, and his daily trips to visit her in the hospital.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Homes and haunts; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Religion; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; Reagan, Ronald; United States. Congress. Senate; Ex-legislators—United States—interviews; Japan

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 391-012

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

26 minutes

Local Filename

OH_391_012.mp3; OH_391_012.pdf

Mike Mansfield Interview, October 23, 1999