Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 370


Lawrence E. “Larry” Levinson was born in New York City, New York on August 25, 1930. Levinson attended Syracuse University and Harvard Law School. He joined the Air Force after college and then went to Washington D.C. where he was reunited with his old friend from law school, Joe Califano. He took a job at the Pentagon, and in July of 1965, Levinson moved to the White House where he began work on the Model Cities Program.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: educational background; working at the Pentagon; the White House; starting the Model Cities Program; Model Cities task force; naming the Model Cities Program; Demonstration Cities Program; Ed Muskie’s involvement in the Model Cities Program; and putting together a Model Cities task force.

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.