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Francis R. Valeo
Secretary of the Senate

The careers of Secretary of the Senate Francis Valeo and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield were so thoroughly intertwined for so many years that it was only natural for Frank Valeo's oral history to also be a memoir of Mike Mansfield. For decades their interests and activities ran parallel: Mansfield as representative, senator, majority whip, majority leader, member of the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees, and Far Eastern specialist; Valeo as chief of the Foreign Affairs Division of the Legislative Reference Service and specialist in the Far East, staff member of the Foreign Relations Committee, assistant to Senator Mansfield as majority whip and majority leader, Senate Democratic party secretary, and Secretary of the Senate.

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Table of Contents:
1) From China to Washington
2) The Foreign Relations Committee
3) Travels, With Mansfield
4) Johnson and Mansfield
5) With LBJ in Southeast Asia
6) The New Frontier
7) Senate Democratic Secretary
8) The Civil Rights Act of 1964
9) The Vietnam War
10) The Great Society
11) Secretary of the Senate
12) Opening the Door to China
13) Relations With China
14) Watergate
15) Reforming the Senate
16) Post-Senate Years
17) Senate Leaders
18) The Class of 1958
19) Memorable Senators
20) The Philippine Election
Frank Valeo
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Francis R. Valeo, Secretary of the Senate, 1966-1977," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Francis R. Valeo, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recordings and transcripts of my interviews from July 3, 1985 to March 11, 1986. It is my desire that these tapes and transcripts remain sealed until January 1, 1996, unless otherwise opened by myself or my son James, as my heir. After that date, I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tapes and transcripts in such manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, the Senate Library, the National Archives, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. Francis R. Valeo Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker

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