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Box 1

Early Life and Ancestry, 1927-2010

Scope and Contents note

Genealogical, school, and military service records.
 

Genealogy

Box/Folder 1 : 1

General, 1994-2008

Scope and Contents note

Mendenhall family history, with related charts, correspondence, and miscellany.
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, 1937-1940

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, campus newspaper issues, and university history.
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Law school and graduate school application correspondence, 1940-1946

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Military service, 1941-1955

Scope and Contents note

U.S. Army personnel file, War Department application correspondence, and Air Force Reserve discharge certificate.
Box 1-5

U.S. Foreign Service File, 1945-1976

Scope and Contents note

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

Department of State personnel file, 1945-1975

Scope and Contents note

Includes application materials and evaluation reports.
 

Official correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 8

1945-1958

Box/Folder 1 : 9

1959-1962

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Elbridge Durbrow.
Box/Folder 1 : 10

1963-1964

Scope and Contents note

Includes U.S. National War College correspondence.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

1965-1968

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Edgar Buell, Ellsworth Bunker, William H. Sullivan, and members of Congress.
Box/Folder 2 : 3

1972

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with William H. Sullivan.
Box/Folder 2 : 5

1975

Scope and Contents note

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, mimeograph, 1962 March 30

Box/Folder 2 : 7

"Viet-Nam: Land of Crisis," University News (University of Delaware publication), 1962 Summer

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 2 : 8

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

Box/Folder 2 : 9

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

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Counterintelligence seminar on Southeast Asia, presentation outline, 1965 April 21

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Debate on Vietnam, Freedom Forum, Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 1965 May 13

Scope and Contents note

Presentation outline, correspondence, and press coverage.
Box/Folder 2 : 12

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

Box/Folder 2 : 13

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

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Counterintelligence seminar on Vietnam, presentation outline, 1965 August 13

Box/Folder 2 : 15

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

Box/Folder 2 : 16

Talk to AID Laos Mission staff, presentation outline, 1965 September 24

Box/Folder 2 : 17

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

Box/Folder 2 : 18

Talk on rural development program, presentation outline, 1965 October 31

Box/Folder 2 : 19

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

Box/Folder 2 : 20

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

Box/Folder 2 : 21

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

Box/Folder 2 : 22

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

Box/Folder 2 : 23

Talk at far cargo vessel ceremony, Laos, typescript, 1966 July 12

Box/Folder 2 : 24

Talk to AID cluster managers, Laos, presentation outline, 1966 July 27

Box/Folder 2 : 25

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

Box/Folder 2 : 26

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

Box/Folder 2 : 27

Talk at Vientiane Prefecture ceremony, typescript, 1966 October 11

Box/Folder 2 : 28

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

Box/Folder 2 : 29

Speech to Laotian trainees, typescript, 1966 December 7

Box/Folder 2 : 30

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

Box/Folder 2 : 31

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

Box/Folder 3 : 1

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

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Refugee relief officers conference, presentation outline, 1967 January 18

Box/Folder 3 : 3

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

Box/Folder 3 : 4

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

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Speech at agricultural conference, Vientiane, Laos, mimeograph, 1967 March 7

Box/Folder 3 : 6

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

Box/Folder 3 : 7

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

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Remarks at school dedication, Kengkok, Laos, mimeograph, 1967 April 10

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Staff meeting, presentation outline, 1967 April 27

Box/Folder 3 : 10

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

Box/Folder 3 : 11

Remarks at groupes scolaires dedications, Xieng Ngeun and Luang Prabang, Laos, 1967 May 19

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, mimeograph, and French and Lao translations.
Box/Folder 3 : 12

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

Box/Folder 3 : 13

Talk to Chao Muong personnel, presentation outline, 1967 May 29

Box/Folder 3 : 14

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

Box/Folder 3 : 15

Speech to graduating nurses, Vientiane, Laos, mimeograph, 1967 July 15

Box/Folder 3 : 16

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

Box/Folder 3 : 17

"The United States National Interest in Viet-Nam," 1967 December 20

Scope and Contents note

Typescript statement prepared for Senator Abraham Ribicoff and correspondence with Ribicoff.
Box/Folder 3 : 18

Talk on AID program in Laos, presentation outline, 1968 January 25

Box/Folder 3 : 19

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

Box/Folder 3 : 20

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

Box/Folder 3 : 21

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

Box/Folder 3 : 22

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

Box/Folder 3 : 23

"Is Laos a Viable State?," typescript, 1968 September 10

Box/Folder 3 : 24

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

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,'" typescript, 1968 December

Box/Folder 3 : 28

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

Box/Folder 3 : 29

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

Box/Folder 3 : 30

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

Box/Folder 3 : 31

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

Box/Folder 3 : 32

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

Box/Folder 3 : 33

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

Box/Folder 3 : 34

Talk on Vietnam (occasion unclear), presentation outline, 1969 December

Box/Folder 3 : 35

Assignment to Turkey, 1948-1952

Scope and Contents note

Memorandum and speech by Esther W. Boyer on 500th anniversary of conquest of Constantinople.
Box/Folder 3 : 36

Assignment to Iceland, 1951-1953

Scope and Contents note

Background data, and printed article on Marshall Plan (in Icelandic).
Box/Folder 3 : 37

Assignment to Switzerland, 1954-1955

Scope and Contents note

Diplomatic corps directory, printed article, and ocean liner passenger list.
 

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, 1951-1968

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, speeches by others, and lists.
Box/Folder 4 : 8

Printed matter, 1963-1975

Scope and Contents note

Background printed articles and serial issues.
Box/Folder 4 : 9

Assignment to U.S. National War College, 1962-1963

Scope and Contents note

Faculty and student rosters and annual report.
 

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, 1961-1974

Scope and Contents note

Speeches by others, printed articles, and memorabilia.
Box/Folder 5 : 3

Assignment to Madagascar, 1972-1975

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, list of Madagascar government officials, Madagascar newspaper issues, and memorabilia.
Box/Folder 5 : 4

Miscellany, 1946-1975

Scope and Contents note

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

Press coverage

Scope and Contents note

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 Contents 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 Contents 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

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with William H. Sullivan.
Box/Folder 14 : 11

1980-1982

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Fernando E. Rondon and William H. Sullivan.
Box/Folder 15 : 1

1986-1989

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence with Elbridge Colby.
Box/Folder 15 : 6

2003-2006

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter to Paul Wolfowitz.
Box/Folder 15 : 7

2007-2010

Box 15-18

Retirement Speeches and Writings, 1976-2011

Scope and Contents note

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

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

Box/Folder 15 : 9

"Communist Vietnam and the Border War: Victim or Aggressor?," Strategic Review, 1978 Summer

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 15 : 10

"Essentials for Economic Development," typescript and correspondence, 1978

Box/Folder 15 : 11

Review of William Colby and Peter Forbath, Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA, Strategic Review, 1979 Spring

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence. Includes correspondence with Colby.
Box/Folder 15 : 12

"Could the Vietnam War Have Been Won?," typescript and correspondence, 1979

Box/Folder 15 : 13

"Next Vietnamese Communist Target: Northeast Thailand?," typescript and letter, 1979

Box/Folder 16 : 1

"Laos: Vietnam's Stepping-Stone to Thailand," Conflict, 1980

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 16 : 2

Review of Amphay Doré, Le partage du Mékong, typescript, circa 1980

Box/Folder 16 : 3

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

Box/Folder 16 : 4

Review of Ronald Steel, Walter Lippmann and the American Century, Strategic Review, 1981 Spring

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 16 : 5

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

Box/Folder 16 : 6

Review of Norman Podhoretz, Why We Were in Vietnam, Strategic Review, 1983 Spring

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

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," typescript and correspondence, 1983

Box/Folder 16 : 9

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

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and correspondence.
Box/Folder 16 : 10

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

Box/Folder 16 : 11

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

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

Scope and Contents note

Typescript, printed copy, and letter.
Box/Folder 16 : 13

"America in Crisis," typescript and correspondence, 1990

Box/Folder 16 : 14

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

Box/Folder 16 : 15

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

Box/Folder 17 : 1

"America at the Threshold of the 21st Century," holograph, 1997

Box/Folder 17 : 2

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

Box/Folder 17 : 3

"Syria: Little-Known Treasure Trove for Tourists," typescript, 1990s

Box/Folder 17 : 4

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

Box/Folder 17 : 5

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

Box/Folder 17 : 6

"Beware of the Big Lie," typescript and letter, 2001

Box/Folder 17 : 7

"The Struggle with Militant Islam," typescript and correspondence, 2001

Box/Folder 17 : 8

"The United States and Europe," typescript and correspondence, 2002

Box/Folder 17 : 9

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

Box/Folder 17 : 10

"The Korean Conundrum," typescript and correspondence, 2003

Box/Folder 17 : 11

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

Box/Folder 17 : 12

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

Box/Folder 17 : 13

"Can America Long Endure?," typescript and letter, 2005

Box/Folder 17 : 14

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

Box/Folder 17 : 15

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

Box/Folder 17 : 16

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

Box/Folder 17 : 17

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

Box/Folder 17 : 18

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

Box/Folder 17 : 19

Miscellaneous draft holographs

Box 18

Biographical and Personal File, 1942-1989

Scope and Contents note

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

Personal and financial records, 1942-1989

Scope and Contents note

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

Scope and Contents note

Includes appointment book and notebook.
Box 18

Subject File, 1954-2009

Scope and Contents note

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

Iraq, 2003-2008

Scope and Contents note

Printed articles and writings by others.
 

Vietnam and Laos

Box/Folder 18 : 5

General, 1980-2008

Scope and Contents note

Printed articles.
Box/Folder 18 : 6

Texas Tech University Vietnam Center, 2003-2006

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, conference agenda and printed matter. Includes conference papers from 2003 Conference on the Rise and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem.
Box/Folder 18 : 7

Miscellany, 1954-2009

Scope and Contents note

Notes, printed articles, and other printed matter, mainly re American domestic and foreign policy.
Box/Folder 18 : 8

Photographs, 1949

Scope and Contents note

Three group photographs of Joseph Mendenhall and other Foreign Service officers.
Box 18

Declassified U.S. Government Records

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover.
Box/Folder 18 : 9

2015 November release of records, 1947-1948, 1951,1968

Scope and Contents note

Career-related records, including a family budget while Mendenhall was Vice Consul in Turkey, a letter of recommendation, memoranda written by Mendenhall regarding his career, a report, and a letter from William H. Sullivan regarding a job opportunity.