Francis “Frank” Valeo Interview, September 10, 1998


Francis Valeo


Don Oberdorfer



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Francis “Frank” Valeo describes his time working as Senator Mike Mansfield’s secretary. Valeo recalls Mansfield’s diplomatic approach to China that was shaped from a number of trips to China from the Roosevelt Administration to the Ford Administration. Valeo also talks of Mansfield’s work in Congress from 1961 to 1977, particularly his relation to Congress as Majority Leader and his opposition to the Vietnam War. Valeo describes the writing of Mansfield’s unique eulogy for late President John F. Kennedy and the public’s response to the unexpectedly poetic tribute.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Japan; China; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer's Interviews about Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 460

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

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 at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 460-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:50:22 minutes

Local Filename

OH_460_003.mp3; OH_460_003.pdf

Francis “Frank” Valeo Interview, September 10, 1998