The George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has earned the 2012 Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award, which is given biennially by the Oral History Association to an outstanding English language oral history project anywhere in the world.
The Bowdoin College Library from 2008 to 2011 collected oral histories from people in former Sen. George Mitchell ’54′s life. Interviewees include Mitchell’s Waterville, Maine friends; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; and others.
Cumulatively, their spoken accounts document Mitchell’s life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation. They complement his personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin.
The Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award is given to projects of noteworthy scholarly and social value that also advance both the understanding of an important historical subject and the practice of oral history.