Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Paula Craighead

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 423


Barbara (Morris) Goodbody was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1936. Her father, Robert Melvin Morris, was from a Democratic Kentucky family, and a career naval officer. Her mother, Adelia Ball Morris, was from a Republican Indiana family. Barbara attended many schools growing up, as the family moved often. She attended Mt. Vernon College for one year, then graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Literature. She worked in the press office during Muskie’s 1972 presidential run.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: family background and education; working in Muskie’s press office in 1972; Washington Hilton Hotel fund raiser; Nixon dirty tricks; how Madeleine Albright came to work for Muskie; and Jim Goodbody.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.