George J. Mitchell Oral History Project
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Between 2008 and 2011, the Bowdoin College Library conducted an oral history project to create a collection of spoken recollections and personal impressions from individuals who have known George J. Mitchell in a variety of ways. These oral histories document his life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation, and they complement his personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin College.

Interviewees include Senator Mitchell's Waterville (Maine) friends and acquaintances; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; public agency officials; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; public policy advocates; board members of various affiliations; and friends.

Because oral history recordings are intrinsically informal, spontaneous, and candid, they characterize events and personalities in ways that are otherwise silent in the historical record. In particular, they capture personal knowledge and institutional memory about people, occasions, and processes that are rarely documented elsewhere. Thus, these oral histories provide an invaluable resource in understanding both the recent past and how individuals have played essential roles in shaping the present.

TRANSCRIPT GUIDELINES
Every attempt has been made to create transcripts that reflect the recorded interviews accurately. Interviewees were given the opportunity to edit their transcripts to correct errors of transcription and fact (often, for example, a recollection might have included a misremembered date or place), or to enhance clarity of expression. Additions and minor deletions or changes are indicated in the transcript by closed brackets ([ ]); more substantive omissions are noted as: [p/o] (i.e. “[phrase omitted]”).

ATTRIBUTION
These recordings and transcripts are provided for educational use, private study, and research. Brief quotations for academic purposes and other uses that fall within “fair use” (Title 17, United States Code) require proper attribution customary to the discipline or community. All other uses not protected by “fair use,” including derivation, publication, and reproduction, require written permission from Bowdoin College.

In citing these interviews, specify the interviewee, interviewer, and interview date following the style found in the example below:

George J. Mitchell, interview by Andrea L’Hommedieu, 10 May 2011, George J. Mitchell Oral History Project, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

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Agnew, Timothy (Docs: 1)

Allen, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Arenberg, Richard 'Rich' (Docs: 1)

Atkins, Barbara (Docs: 1)

Aube, Michael 'Mike' (Docs: 1)

B

Baldacci, John (Docs: 1)

Ballou, Ellyn 'Lyn' (Docs: 1)

Barrett, Janet 'Jan' (Docs: 1)

Beck, Donna (Docs: 1)

Beliveau, Severin (Docs: 1)

Benoit, Robert 'Larry' (Docs: 1)

Bernhard, Berl (Docs: 1)

Bertocci, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Billings, Leon (Docs: 1)

Bingaman, Jesse 'Jeff' (Docs: 1)

Bonney, Edward 'Ed' (Docs: 1)

Bradley, William 'Bill' (Docs: 1)

Bradstreet, Seth (Docs: 1)

Breaux, John (Docs: 1)

Brewster, Seth (Docs: 1)

Bride, Marjorie (Docs: 1)

Brountas, Paul (Docs: 2)

Bumpers, Dale (Docs: 1)

Burke, Sheila (Docs: 1)

Buxton, Anthony 'Tony' (Docs: 1)

C

Carolla, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 2)

Case, James 'Jim' (Docs: 1)

Chandler, Bruce (Docs: 1)

Chandler, Nancy (Docs: 1)

Cohen, William 'Bill' (Docs: 1)

Cole III, Kenneth 'Ken' (Docs: 1)

Conrad, Kent (Docs: 1)

Corey III, Walter (Docs: 1)

Cory, Carole (Docs: 1)

Cotter, Deborah 'Deb' (Docs: 1)

Currie, Kelly (Docs: 1)

Curtis, Kenneth 'Ken' (Docs: 1)

Cutler, Eliot (Docs: 1)

D

Daffron, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Daschle, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Davis, Jay (Docs: 1)

Davis, Lula (Docs: 1)

Decker, Harold (Docs: 1)

DeConcini, Dennis (Docs: 1)

Dennis, Janet (Docs: 1)

Dewhirst, Diane (Docs: 2)

Diamond, John (Docs: 1)

Diamond, Marcia (Docs: 1)

Dole, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Dunfey, Sr., Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Durenberger, David (Docs: 1)

E

Emery, David (Docs: 1)

F

Flanagan, David (Docs: 1)

Frenzel, William 'Bill' (Docs: 1)

Friedman, Harold (Docs: 1)

Friedman, Mary (Docs: 1)

G

Gallagher, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Gartley, Marcia (Docs: 1)

Gephardt, Richard 'Dick' (Docs: 1)

Goldstein, Gerard (Docs: 1)

Graham, Daniel 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Griffin, Patrick (Docs: 1)

Grumet, Jason (Docs: 1)

H

Harding, Floyd (Docs: 1)

Hart, W. 'Steve' (Docs: 1)

Hastings, Michael 'Mike' (Docs: 3)

Hazzard, Robert 'Hap' (Docs: 1)

Henry, Merton 'Mert' (Docs: 1)

Higgins, Lauren (Docs: 1)

Hildreth, Jr., Horace 'Hoddy' (Docs: 1)

Hilley, John (Docs: 1)

Hiss, William 'Bill' (Docs: 1)

Hof, Frederic 'Fred' (Docs: 1)

Hoffmann, Joanne (Docs: 1)

Hollings, Ernest 'Fritz' (Docs: 1)

Hollingsworth, Jeanne (Docs: 1)

Horwitz, Kelly (Docs: 1)

Hunt, Patrick (Docs: 1)

Hutchinson, Scott (Docs: 1)

I

Ickes, Harold (Docs: 1)

Isaacson, George (Docs: 1)

Isaacson, Margaret (Docs: 1)

J

Jabar, Sr., Anthony 'Tony' (Docs: 1)

Jacobs, Charles 'Charlie' (Docs: 1)

Jennings, Christopher 'Chris' (Docs: 1)

Jensen, Anita (Docs: 2)

Johnson, David (Docs: 1)

Johnston, J (Docs: 1)

Joseph, Alfred 'Al' (Docs: 1)

Joseph, Ruth (Docs: 1)

K

Kaplan, James 'Jamie' (Docs: 1)

Keefe, Barbara (Docs: 1)

Kerrey, Joseph 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Kilroy, Brian (Docs: 1)

King, Angus (Docs: 1)

King, Edward 'Ed' (Docs: 1)

Kinney, Charles (Docs: 1)

Kruger, Charles 'Chuck' (Docs: 1)

L

Ladd, James (Docs: 1)

Lancaster, Jr., Ralph 'Ike' (Docs: 1)

Lavoie, Estelle (Docs: 2)

Leahy, Patrick (Docs: 1)

Lee, Shepard 'Shep' (Docs: 2)

Lemoine, David (Docs: 1)

Lenna, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Levin, Carl (Docs: 1)

Lipez, Kermit (Docs: 1)

Lockwood, Lee (Docs: 1)

Logan, Carrie (Docs: 1)

Logan, J. (Docs: 1)

Longley, Susan (Docs: 1)

Lotfey, Najeeb 'Naj' (Docs: 1)

Lunder, Peter (Docs: 1)

M

MacDonald, Clyde (Docs: 2)

Maisel, L. (Docs: 1)

Maker, Andrea (Docs: 1)

Mann, Christopher 'Chris' (Docs: 1)

Maroon, Paul (Docs: 1)

Marsano, Francis (Docs: 1)

Martin, John (Docs: 1)

McAleney, Mary (Docs: 2)

Melley, Brendan (Docs: 1)

Micoleau, Charles 'Charlie' (Docs: 1)

Mikulski, Barbara (Docs: 1)

Miller, Sanford 'Sonny' (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, George (Docs: 7)

Mitchell, Heather (Docs: 2)

Mitchell, James 'Jim' (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, Janet (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, John (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, Paul (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, Prin (Docs: 1)

Mitchell, William 'Bill' (Docs: 1)

Mulligan, Leonard (Docs: 1)

Myrick, Gary (Docs: 1)

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Nale, John (Docs: 1)

Nale, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

Nathanson, Jeffrey 'Jeff' (Docs: 1)

Nexon, David (Docs: 1)

Nicoll, Donald 'Don' (Docs: 1)

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O'Brien, Brett (Docs: 1)

O'Connor, Jane (Docs: 1)

O'Donnell, Thomas 'Tom' (Docs: 1)

O'Neil, H. 'Tim' (Docs: 1)

Orloff, Germaine (Docs: 1)

Orloff, Paul (Docs: 1)

P

Pachios, Harold 'Hal' (Docs: 2)

Packwood, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

Paone, Martin 'Marty' (Docs: 1)

Pedersen, Joan (Docs: 1)

Peterson, Jeffrey 'Jeff' (Docs: 1)

Petruccelli, Gerald 'Gerry' (Docs: 1)

Pope, Laurence 'Larry' (Docs: 1)

Pope, Martha (Docs: 2)

Porter, Jeffrey 'Jeff' (Docs: 1)

Porter, Mary (Docs: 1)

Potholm, Christian 'Chris' (Docs: 1)

Pozorski, David (Docs: 1)

Q

Quint, Colleen (Docs: 1)

R

Ray, David (Docs: 1)

Reef, Grace (Docs: 1)

Reef, Norman 'Norm' (Docs: 1)

Reid, Harry (Docs: 1)

Roach, G. (Docs: 1)

Robb, Charles 'Chuck' (Docs: 1)

Rockefeller, John 'Jay' (Docs: 1)

Rozen, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 2)

Rudman, Warren (Docs: 1)

S

Saffold, C. 'Abby' (Docs: 1)

Saperstein, Sherman (Docs: 1)

Sarcone, Patricia 'Pat' (Docs: 1)

Sasser, James 'Jim' (Docs: 1)

Selig, Allan 'Bud' (Docs: 1)

Sewall, Sarah (Docs: 1)

Shapiro, Carol (Docs: 1)

Shapiro, Samuel 'Sam' (Docs: 1)

Sheppard, Audrey (Docs: 1)

Sherman, Beverly (Docs: 1)

Silsby, Paula (Docs: 1)

Simpson, Alan (Docs: 1)

Smith, Richard 'Rick' (Docs: 1)

Strout, Arthur (Docs: 1)

Sturbitts, Charlene (Docs: 1)

Sudbay, Sharon (Docs: 1)

Sullivan, Regina (Docs: 1)

Symms, Steven (Docs: 1)

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Tartre, Ann (Docs: 1)

Toker, Mary 'M.C.' (Docs: 1)

Trafton, Barbara (Docs: 1)

Tyrer, Robert 'Bob' (Docs: 1)

U

Ubans, Juris (Docs: 1)

V

Valentine, Barry (Docs: 1)

W

Ward, Deborah 'Debbie' (Docs: 1)

Warner, John (Docs: 1)

Wathen, Daniel 'Dan' (Docs: 1)

Weil, Gordon (Docs: 1)

Wertheimer, Fred (Docs: 1)

Williams, Christine (Docs: 1)

Wishcamper, L. (Docs: 1)

Wofford, Harris (Docs: 1)

Wood, Frank (Docs: 1)