Paul W. Rasmussen Interview, August 9, 2005


Paul W. Rasmussen


Teresa Hamann



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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 as his own career path as a federal government employee and an urban planner. Rasmussen reminisces about living in Washington D.C. during the John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon presidential administrations, and his experiences working with high-level government officials during that time. He tells of his father’s passion for both his job and his family life.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Department of Agriculture; Wayne Rasmussen; Washington D.C.; John F. Kennedy, U.S. president; Richard M. Nixon, U.S. president; Federal government

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

United States



Original Collection

Rasmussen Family Oral History Project, OH 398, 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 398-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

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

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:47:56 minutes

Local Filename

OH_398_002.mp3; OH_398_002.pdf

Paul W. Rasmussen Interview, August 9, 2005