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Collection Contents

Box: 1

Early Life and Ancestry, 1927-2010.

Scope and Content Note

Genealogical, school and military service records
 

Genealogy

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

General. Mendenhall family history, with related charts, correspondence and miscellany, 1994-2008

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Mendenhall Family Association newsletters, 1996-2010

 

Education

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Elementary and high school report cards and memorabilia, 1927-1936

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

University of Delaware. Correspondence, campus newspaper issues and university history, 1937-1940

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Law school and graduate school application correspondence, 1940-1946

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Military service. U.S. Army personnel file, War Department application correspondence and Air Force Reserve discharge certificate, 1941-1955

Box: 1

U.S. Foreign Service File, 1945-1976.

Scope and Content Note

Personnel file, official correspondence, speeches and writings, memoranda, reports and printed matter
Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Department of State personnel file, including application materials and evaluation reports, 1945-1975

 

Official correspondence

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

1945-1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

1959-1962. Includes correspondence with Elbridge Durbrow

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

1963-1964. Includes U.S. National War College correspondence

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

1965-1968. Includes correspondence with Chester Bowles and William H. Sullivan and with Edward M. Kennedy and other members of Congress

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

1969-1971. Includes correspondence with Edgar Buell, Ellsworth Bunker, William H. Sullivan and members of Congress

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

1972. Mainly letters of congratulation upon ambassadorial appointment. Includes correspondence with Ellsworth Bunker, Shelby Cullom Davis and William Rogers, and with J. Caleb Boggs and other members of Congress

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

1973-1974. Includes correspondence with William H. Sullivan

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

1975. Includes correspondence with Henry A. Kissinger and Eliot Richardson

 

Speeches and writings

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Orientation talk on political background of Vietnam for newly arrived Americans in Vietnam, 1962 March 30. Mimeograph

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

"Viet-Nam: Land of Crisis," University News (University of Delaware publication), 1962 Summer. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Department of State seminar on collective security in the Far East, 1965 February 2. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Department of State briefing on foreign policy in the Far East, 1965 April 16. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Counterintelligence seminar on Southeast Asia, 1965 April 21. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Debate on Vietnam, Freedom Forum, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 1965 May 13. Presentation outline, correspondence and press coverage

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Talk to Military Government Association on Vietnam, Portland, Oregon, 1965 May 29. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Lecture on Communist challenge in Asia, Westminister College, Fulton, Missouri, 1965 July 12. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Counterintelligence seminar on Vietnam, 1965 August 13. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Statement to press upon appointment as U.S. Agency for International Development director in Laos, 1965 September 8. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Talk to AID Laos Mission staff, 1965 September 24. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 17

Briefing on AID program for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1965 October 27. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 18

Talk on rural development program, 1965 October 31. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 19

General orientation talk on AID program, 1966 January 18. Presentation outline and background data

Box/Folder: 2 : 20

Remarks at laying of cornerstone for medical warehouse, Vientiane, Laos, 1966 May 12. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 21

Talk to Laotian teachers participating in training program in Thailand, 1966 June 7. Typescript and Lao translation

Box/Folder: 2 : 22

Talk to Rotary Club (Vientiane?) on U.S. aid to Laos, 1966 July 11. Typescript and French translation

Box/Folder: 2 : 23

Talk at far cargo vessel ceremony, Laos, 1966 July 12. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 24

Talk to AID cluster managers, Laos, 1966 July 27. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 25

Talk at presentation of certificates to Laotian teachers, 1966 August 18. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 26

Talk and briefing to Laotian trainees, 1966 September 22-23. Typescript and presentation outline

Box/Folder: 2 : 27

Talk at Vientiane Prefecture ceremony, 1966 October 11. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 28

Voice of America interview on AID program in Laos, 1966 November 22. Transcript

Box/Folder: 2 : 29

Speech to Laotian trainees, 1966 December 7. Typescript

Box/Folder: 2 : 30

Remarks at dedication of medical warehouse, That Luang, Laos, 1966 December 8. Typescript and French translation

Box/Folder: 2 : 31

Briefing on AID program for Senator Stuart Symington, 1966 December 20. Presentation outline and background data

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Remarks at Ministry of Finance ceremony, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 January 17. Typescript (in French) and background data

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Refugee relief officers conference, 1967 January 18. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Speech at dedication of Sedone Valley development projects, Laos, 1967 January 27. Mimeograph and French translation

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Talk to U.S. Information Service personnel, Laos, 1967 February 7. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Speech at agricultural conference, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 March 7. Mimeograph

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Speech at signing of small industries project agreement, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 March 10. Typescript and French translation

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Speech at orthopedic center, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 March 17. Mimeograph and French translation

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Remarks at school dedication, Kengkok, Laos, 1967 April 10. Mimeograph

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Staff meeting, 1967 April 27. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Remarks at groupes scolaires dedication, Pakse, Laos, 1967 May 18. Mimeograph and French translation

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Remarks at groupes scolaires dedications, Xieng Ngeun and Luang Prabang, Laos, 1967 May 19. Typescript, mimeograph and French and Lao translations

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

Speech at groupes scolaires dedication, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 May 22. Mimeograph and French and Lao translations

Box/Folder: 3 : 13

Talk to Chao Muong personnel, 1967 May 29. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 14

Speech at dedication of Hia Nakok Dam, Laos, 1967 June 29. Mimeograph and French and Lao translations

Box/Folder: 3 : 15

Speech to graduating nurses, Vientiane, Laos, 1967 July 15. Mimeograph

Box/Folder: 3 : 16

Speech at dedication of Hong Sa-Tha Souang Road, Laos, 1967 December 3. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 17

"The United States National Interest in Viet-Nam," 1967 December 20. Typescript statement prepared for Senator Abraham Ribicoff, and correspondence with Ribicoff

Box/Folder: 3 : 18

Talk on AID program in Laos, 1968 January 25. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 19

Conference on changing the people of Laos, 1968 February 10. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 20

Conference on community development in Laos, 1968 February 15. Presentation outline and agenda

Box/Folder: 3 : 21

Remarks at dedication of groupe scolaire and warehouse, Sayaboury, Laos, 1968 May 14. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 22

Remarks at dedication of groupe scolaire and warehouse, Ban Houei Sai, Laos, 1968 May 15. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 23

"Is Laos a Viable State?" 1968 September 10. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 24

"The Aims and Methods of U.S. Aid Programs in Southeast Asia," speech, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968 November 14. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 25

Notes on book by David Schoenbrun, Vietnam: How We Got In, How to Get Out, 1968 November 30

Box/Folder: 3 : 26

"TV Notes" (reference unclear; re Vietnam), 1968 December 10

Box/Folder: 3 : 27

"Progress in Vietnam's 'Other War,'" 1968 December. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 28

Talk on Vietnam economic-civil front, 1969 January 24. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 29

"Miracle Rice in Vietnam," letter to the editor, Baltimore Sun, 1969 February 14. Printed copy

Box/Folder: 3 : 30

Statement to U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Vietnam AID program for FY 1970, 1969 June 16. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 31

Statement to U.S. House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Vietnam AID program for FY 1970, 1969 July 14. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 32

Talk on Vietnam to President's Science Advisory Council, 1969 November 22. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 33

Statement to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Vietnam AID program for FY 1970, 1969 November 26. Typescript

Box/Folder: 3 : 34

Talk on Vietnam (occasion unclear), 1969 December. Presentation outline

Box/Folder: 3 : 35

Assignment to Turkey. Memorandum, and speech by Esther W. Boyer on 500th anniversary of conquest of Constantinople, 1948-1952

Box/Folder: 3 : 36

Assignment to Iceland. Background data, and printed article on Marshall Plan (in Icelandic), 1951-1953

Box/Folder: 3 : 37

Assignment to Switzerland. Diplomatic corps directory, printed article, and ocean liner passenger list, 1954-1955

 

Assignments re Vietnam

 

South Vietnamese government directories

Box/Folder: 3 : 38

1960

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

1961

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

1962

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Diplomatic corps directory and U.S. Embassy personnel directory, 1960 and 1962

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

U.S. Operations Mission to Vietnam annual reports, 1958 and 1960

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Vietnam annual reports, 1968 and 1969

Box/Folder: 4 : 6

Expense vouchers, 1959-1962

Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Miscellany. Memoranda, speeches by others, and lists, 1951-1968

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Printed matter. Background printed articles and serial issues, 1963-1975

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Assignment to U.S. National War College. Faculty and student rosters and annual report, 1962-1963

 

Assignments re Laos

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Schedules and guest lists, 1965-1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Background and briefing materials on Laos and on U.S. aid to Laos, 1959-1968

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Miscellany. Speeches by others, printed articles and memorabilia, 1961-1974

Box/Folder: 5 : 3

Assignment to Madagascar. Memoranda, list of Madagascar government officials, Madagascar newspaper issues, and memorabilia, 1972-1975

Box/Folder: 5 : 4

Miscellany. Schedules, lists, biographical data, Department of State publications, Nigerian and South Korean newspaper issues, and memorabilia, 1946-1975

 

Press coverage. Official publications and news stories re Mendenhall's diplomatic career

Box/Folder: 5 : 5

1960-1969

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

1972 (ambassadorial appointment)

Box/Folder: 5 : 7

1975-1976 (retirement)

Box: 6-14

Personal Correspondence, 1938-2011.

Scope and Content Note

Informal correspondence with family and friends, arranged chronologically. Includes correspondence of Leone Mendenhall, wife of Joseph Mendenhall
Box/Folder: 6 : 1

1938-1940

Box/Folder: 6 : 2

1941

Box/Folder: 6 : 3

1942

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

1943

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

1944

Box/Folder: 7 : 2-3

1945

Box/Folder: 7 : 4-7

1946

Box/Folder: 8 : 1-2

1947

Box/Folder: 8 : 3-4

1948

Box/Folder: 8 : 5-8

1949

Box/Folder: 8 : 9-11

1950

Box/Folder: 9 : 1

1951

Box/Folder: 9 : 2

1952

Box/Folder: 9 : 3

1953

Box/Folder: 9 : 4

1954

Box/Folder: 9 : 5

1955

Box/Folder: 9 : 6

1956

Box/Folder: 9 : 7

1957

Box/Folder: 9 : 8

1958

Box/Folder: 9 : 9-10

1959

Box/Folder: 9 : 1-12

1960

Box/Folder: 10 : 1-2

1961

Box/Folder: 10 : 3-4

1962

Box/Folder: 10 : 5

1963

Box/Folder: 10 : 6

1964

Box/Folder: 10 : 7-8

1965

Box/Folder: 10 : 9-10

1966

Box/Folder: 11 : 1-2

1967

Box/Folder: 11 : 3-4

1968

Box/Folder: 11 : 5

1969

Box/Folder: 11 : 6

1970

Box/Folder: 12 : 1

1971

Box/Folder: 12 : 2

1972

Box/Folder: 12 : 3

1973

Box/Folder: 12 : 4

1974

Box/Folder: 12 : 5

1975

Box/Folder: 13 : 1

1976

Box/Folder: 13 : 2

1977

Box/Folder: 13 : 3

1978

Box/Folder: 13 : 4

1979

Box/Folder: 13 : 5

1980

Box/Folder: 13 : 6

1981

Box/Folder: 13 : 7

1982

Box/Folder: 13 : 8

1983-1984

Box/Folder: 13 : 9

1985-1986

Box/Folder: 14 : 1

1987-1989

Box/Folder: 14 : 2

1990-1993

Box/Folder: 14 : 3

1994-1996

Box/Folder: 14 : 4

1997-1999

Box/Folder: 14 : 5

2000-2002

Box/Folder: 14 : 6

2003-2005

Box/Folder: 14 : 7

2006-2008

Box/Folder: 14 : 8

2009-2011

Box/Folder: 14 : 9

Undated

Box: 14-15

Retirement Formal Correspondence, 1975-2010.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence on political, foreign policy and other subjects, arranged chronologically. Letters to members of Congress expressing Mendenhall's views and correspondence with University of Delaware officials re alumni affairs occur throughout
Box/Folder: 14 : 10

1975-1979. Includes correspondence with William H. Sullivan

Box/Folder: 14 : 11

1980-1982. Includes correspondence with Fernando E. Rondon and William H. Sullivan, and with U.S. News and World Report Books re projected book on Vietnam War

Box/Folder: 14 : 12

1983-1985. Includes correspondence with Fernando E. Rondon and William H. Sullivan

Box/Folder: 15 : 1

1986-1989. Includes correspondence with Bui Diem, and with Brian VanDeMark re his dissertation on Vietnam War policy

Box/Folder: 15 : 2

1990-1993

Box/Folder: 15 : 3

1994-1996. Includes correspondence with Marshall Green and letters to William E. Colby and Henry A. Kissinger

Box/Folder: 15 : 4

1997-1999

Box/Folder: 15 : 5

2000-2002. Includes correspondence with Elbridge Colby

Box/Folder: 15 : 6

2003-2006. Includes letter to Paul Wolfowitz

Box/Folder: 15 : 7

2007-2010

Box: 15-18

Retirement Speeches and Writings, 1976-2011.

Scope and Content Note

Holographs, typescripts, printed copies and related correspondence, arranged chronologically
Box/Folder: 15 : 8

"Missing Madonna of Carda Mourned by Italian Villagers," 1976. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 15 : 9

"Communist Vietnam and the Border War: Victim or Aggressor?" Strategic Review, 1978 Summer. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 15 : 10

"Essentials for Economic Development," 1978. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 15 : 11

Review of William Colby and Peter Forbath, Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA, Strategic Review, 1979 Spring. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence. Includes correspondence with Colby

Box/Folder: 15 : 12

"Could the Vietnam War Have Been Won?" 1979. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 15 : 13

"Next Vietnamese Communist Target: Northeast Thailand?" 1979. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 16 : 1

"Laos: Vietnam's Stepping-Stone to Thailand," Conflict, 1980. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 2

Review of Amphay Doré, Le partage du Mekong, ca. 1980. Typescript

Box/Folder: 16 : 3

"Southeast Asia: Challenge and Opportunity for the Reagan Administration," 1980. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 4

Review of Ronald Steel, Walter Lippmann and the American Century, Strategic Review, 1981 Spring. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 5

"The Portents of the New Neutralism and Neo-Isolationism," 1982. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 6

Review of Norman Podhoretz, Why We Were in Vietnam, Strategic Review, 1983 Spring. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 7

Interview with U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian re involvement with Vietnam War policy, 1983 December 27. Memorandum of interview prepared by the Office of the Historian, photocopies of supporting documentation, and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 8

"The Meaning of Vietnam for El Salvador," 1983. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 9

Review of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977-1981, Strategic Review, 1984 Spring. Typescript, printed copy and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 10

Review of Gary Sick, All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran, 1986. Holograph

Box/Folder: 16 : 11

Review of Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, 1988. Holograph and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 12

Review of William E. Colby with James McCargar, Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America's Sixteen-Year Involvement in Vietnam, Strategic Review, 1990 Winter. Typescript, printed copy and letter

Box/Folder: 16 : 13

"America in Crisis," 1990. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 14

"The United States and China: A 21st Century Superpower Confrontation?" 1993. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 16 : 15

"No to U.S. Troops in Bosnia," 1995. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 1

"America at the Threshold of the 21st Century," 1997. Holograph

Box/Folder: 17 : 2

"What Is a Viable U.S. Politico-Military Strategy vis-à-vis China?" 1998. Typescript

Box/Folder: 17 : 3

"Syria: Little-Known Treasure Trove for Tourists," ca. 1990s. Typescript

Box/Folder: 17 : 4

"America's Geopolitical Context: Past and Future, or The Geopolitical Destiny of the United States," 2000. Holograph

Box/Folder: 17 : 5

"A Long-Enduring Friendship with Marge," 2000 (re Marjorie Tilghman). Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 6

"Beware of the Big Lie," 2001. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 7

"The Struggle with Militant Islam," 2001. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 8

"The United States and Europe," 2002. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 9

"The Foreign Policy Scorecard of America's Presidents since World War II," 2003. Holograph

Box/Folder: 17 : 10

"The Korean Conundrum," 2003. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 11

"Assessment of U.S. Iraq Policy," 2004. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 12

Message to funeral of Icelandic diplomat Thorhallur Argivisson, 2005 November 18. Holograph and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 13

"Can America Long Endure?" 2005. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 14

"Lessons from the Vietnam War for Iraq," 2005. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 15

"The Past Can Help Counterinsurgency in Iraq," 2006. Typescript and correspondence

Box/Folder: 17 : 16

"America's Loss of Memory in Both the Vietnam and Iraq Wars," 2008. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 17

"Why the Japan-India Security Pact Is of Prime Importance to the U.S.," 2008. Typescript and letter

Box/Folder: 17 : 18

Letters to the editor, 1979-2011. Typescripts and some printed copies

Box/Folder: 17 : 19

Miscellaneous draft holographs

Box: 18

Biographical and Personal File, 1942-1989.

Scope and Content Note

Biographical, family and personal miscellanea
Box/Folder: 18 : 1

Personal and financial records, 1942-1989. Includes Who's Who biographical entries and University of Delaware Alumni Wall of Fame citation

Box/Folder: 18 : 2

Family miscellanea, mainly re children, 1951-1979

Box/Folder: 18 : 3

Miscellany. Includes appointment book and notebook

Box: 18

Subject File, 1954-2009.

Scope and Content Note

Printed matter and notes, arranged by subject
Box/Folder: 18 : 4

Iraq. Printed articles and writings by others, 2003-2008

 

Vietnam and Laos

Box/Folder: 18 : 5

General. Printed articles, 1980-2008

Box/Folder: 18 : 6

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center. Correspondence, conference agenda and printed matter, 2003-2006. Includes conference papers from 2003 Conference on the Rise and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem

Box/Folder: 18 : 7

Miscellany. Notes, printed articles and other printed matter, mainly re American domestic and foreign policy, 1954-2009

Box/Folder: 18 : 8

Audiovisual File, 1949

Scope and Content Note

Three group photographs of Joseph Mendenhall and other Foreign Service officers