Oral history interview with Janet L. Lamos

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SR 1340

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Oral history interview with Janet L. Lamos


  • 1988-06-03 - 1988-06-08 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet 3 audiocassettes (2 hr., 26 min.)

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Janet L. Lamos was born in New York in 1949. She was a teacher for a few years after graduating from college. She decided she didn't want to be an educator and pursued work as a secretary, first for the FBI and then for the National Geographic Society. She began working in the typing pool for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield in 1975, and was promoted to executive assistant in 1980.

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This oral history interview with Janet L. Lamos was conducted by Michael O'Rourke in Washington, D.C., from June 3-8, 1988. In this interview, Lamos discusses her family background and early life in upstate New York. She briefly describes her work history, then talks about working as a typist for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. She discusses her disagreement with Hatfield's stance on several issues, including the Vietnam War. Lamos describes her promotion to Hatfield's executive assistant in 1980 and the duties of that position, including managing Hatfield's schedule. She also describes some of the other members of Hatfield's staff, including Wes Michaelson and Gerry Frank, as well as how Hatfield interacted with his staff. She speaks at length about Hatfield's personality, spirituality, and work-life balance; the real estate scandal that plagued Hatfield in 1984; and Hatfield's family and personal life. She also discusses Hatfield's relationship with the evangelical voting bloc, the President Ronald Reagan administration, and President Richard Nixon.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and Willamette University. Use is allowed according to the following license: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Janet L. Lamos, by Michael O'Rourke, SR 1340, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the Senator Mark O. Hatfield Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (25 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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