Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Box File Drawer Folder 1 Vietnam Project, n.d., 1955, 1957
(Completely scanned folder | 12 records)
January 13th,1957
Milwaukee Journal author Jane M. Farley writes an article about Mrs. Ralph Smuckler and her experiences traveling to Vietnam with her husband, MSUG employee Ralph Smuckler. The piece discusses Mrs. Smuckler's preparations before leaving the U.S., how she adjusted to life in Saigon, and the associations she made while in the country.
1960-1969
A collection of independent scholars co-author a document addressed to the editor of the New York Times to disagree with the appearance of advertisements in the Times that protest U.S. policy in Vietnam. The collective assert a number of facts regarding Viet Cong development and Communist rule in Vietnam, and the deterioration of political affairs in Vietnam.
1950-1959
A piece is written by Doctors Bill Ross, anthropologist, and Floyd Reeves, advisor to MSU President John Hannah, upon their visit and tour of MSUG operations in Vietnam. They discuss general topics such as their arrival and greeting, the organization of personnel, sections, and the delegation of responsibilities within MSUG, as well as tours of MSU facilities and dinner events with MSU hosts. Their tone concerning their crowded schedule and what they observe is somewhat critical. They go on to discuss issues relating to the Montagnards and what political progress has been made in the areas of land reform, education, and refugee resettlement. Ross and Reeves make a heavily-guarded trip to some of the rural areas around Dalat and give their impressions of village households and lifestyles.
1957
A report is created by Wesley Fishel concerning the status and administration of the Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group. Fishel discusses their technical specifications in terms of funding and personnel, as well as their rapport among other American groups in Vietnam. He gives a history of MSU-Vietnamese relations and the development of the program, and also discusses relations with Vietnamese government officials and the future need for MSU involvement in Vietnam. Fishel goes into great depth about issues between the MSUG and USOM's director Leland Barrows.
1957
A second draft of a report is created by Wesley Fishel concerning the status and administration of the Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group. Fishel discusses their technical specifications in terms of funding and personnel, as well as their rapport among other American groups in Vietnam. He gives a history of MSU-Vietnamese relations and the development of the program, and also discusses relations with Vietnamese government officials and the future need for MSU involvement in Vietnam. Fishel goes into great depth about issues between the MSUG and USOM's director Leland Barrows.
November 29th,1957
MSUG Coordinator Stanley Sheinbaum writes to Glen Taggart and Ralph Smuckler from Dacca, Pakistan with well-articulated concerns about the direction of the Vietnam Project. His letter is in parts, written on different days, and half of page 6 is missing. The subject matter concerns lack of organizational direction within the project, compounded by morale issues among personnel.
November 17th,1957
MSUG Coordinator Stanley Sheinbaum writes to Glen Taggart and Ralph Smuckler with concerns about the lack of direction and morale in the Vietnam Project.
November 27th,1957
Dean of International Programs at MSU Glen Taggart writes to MSUG advisors Wesley Fishel and Howard Hoyt to discuss rumors he has been hearing concerning animosity between Fishel and Hoyt.
February 1st,1957
Letters to and from Glen Taggart and Howard Hoyt. Taggart discusses various problems the Vietnam project faces. Taggart is seriously concerned about the direction of the project, and wants assistance in placing the project back in line.
February 20th,1957
A letter is sent from Dean Glen Taggart of Michigan State University's International Programs to MSUG Coordinator Wesley Fishel to discuss Fishel's intentions of staying with the Vietnam Project an additional year. Taggart cautions Fishel to make the decision carefully and to return to MSU's campus to talk in person.
November 12th,1957
Assistant Dean Ralph Smuckler writes to MSUG Coordinator Wesley Fishel to discuss the hiring of new officials for the Police Administration Division in Saigon.
August 17th,1957
A one-page news brief is written in Hanoi on the visit of MSU advisor Floyd Reeves. The article states that it is Reeves' intention to, "...order Diem directly to intensify the drafting of manpower for plantations and industrial centers to serve U.S. investment..."