This collection includes three interviews detailing the history of the Wayne Rasmussen family, particularly the life and career of Dr. Wayne Rasmussen. The interviews were conducted in 2005 by Teresa Hamann. The interviewees discuss Wayne Rasmussen’s career as head historian for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as his military service during World War Two. They also discuss both Wayne and his brother Paul’s childhood in Montana during the Great Depression. The original interviews are held as Oral History collection OH 398 at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 3 interviews.
Marion Rasmussen and Linda LaTores
Marion Rasmussen and her daughter Linda LaTores discuss the life of Marion’s husband Wayne Rasmussen who was a former U.S. Department of Agriculture historian. Marion Rasmussen describes how she and her husband met and his U.S. Army service during World War Two. She talks about ... Read More
Paul A. Rasmussen and Berna Rasmussen
Paul A. Rasmussen and his wife Berna Rasmussen describe Paul’s experiences growing up on a ranch in Montana as well as his career as a flight land mechanic that kept him moving around the United States during the mid-20th century. Paul recalls his childhood home ... Read More
Paul W. Rasmussen
Paul W. Rasmussen recalls childhood memories associated with his father, Wayne Rasmussen, the head historian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the mid-20th century. He discusses how his father rose through the ranks of the federal government to become the USDA historian, as well ... Read More