Voices of Minnesota

Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Bradley Heffelfinger

DATE: October 1978 - January 1979

INTERVIEWER: James E. Fogerty

Elizabeth Heffelfinger was a prominent political figure who served on the Republican National Committee, among other posts. She also served as President Eisenhower's delegate to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was involved in other international activities. Her husband was F. Peavey Heffelfinger, a Republican National Committeeman and executive of Minneapolis-based Peavey Co.

Subjects discussed include: organizing a "Victory Aide" program in Twin Cities during World War II; national politics involving Harold Stassen; labor leaders; McCarthyism; UNESCO work in Europe, Israel, India and Southeast Asia; Republican Party politics, particulary in the 1956 and 1960 presidential campaigns; political columnists; women in politics; single-issue politics including gay rights and abortion.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 9 hours 31 minutes

TRANSCRIPT: 162 pages