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.
U.S. Department of Agriculture; Wayne Rasmussen; Washington D.C.; John F. Kennedy, U.S. president; Richard M. Nixon, U.S. president; Federal government
Rasmussen Family Oral History Project, OH 398, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)
Rasmussen, Paul W., "Paul W. Rasmussen Interview, August 9, 2005" (2005). Rasmussen Family Oral History Project. 2.