Donna Metcalf Interview, November 12, 1993


Donna Metcalf


Dale Johnson



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Donna Metcalf details the life of her late husband, former U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf, in this interview, beginning with his childhood in Corvallis, Montana, and a brief family history. Metcalf talks about her husband’s college life at Stanford, his law practice, and his involvement in Montana state politics before he volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1941. She remembers the tight living conditions she and Lee Metcalf experienced after World War Two, the house that she fixed up in Helena, and her husband’s early political campaigns across Montana in the1950s. She describes Lee Metcalf’s political and personal interests, detailing his work with Native Americans and wildlife refuges, as well as his passions for reading, gardening, and stamp collecting. Metcalf also discusses her own life, recalling her duties as the wife of a U.S. congressman and the many political activist organizations in which she was involved.


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Document Type

Oral History


Lee Metcalf, Montana senator; Political campaigns; Montana politics; United States politics; Montana politicians; World War, 1939-1945; Native Americans, Montana politics; Corvallis, Montana; Stanford University; U.S. Army

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Politics and Politicians Oral History Collection, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 307-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:48:17 minutes

Local Filename

OH_307_001_002.mp3; OH_307_001_002.pdf

Donna Metcalf Interview, November 12, 1993