Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Series: 1) ADMINISTRATIVE FILES. 1925-1986, n.d. [1958-1969]
Box 42 Folder 51 International Programs, Vietnam Project, 1956
(Completely scanned folder | 23 records)
December 29th,1955
A report written by Ralph H. Smuckler on December 29, 1955. Smuckler summarizes the progress made by the MSU Vietnam Advisory Team, with topics including Field and Police Administration, the President and Participant Projects, and the Institute Degree Program.
1956
A report on trips made by Clifford E. Erickson (Dean of the College of Education) and Milton E. Muelder (Dean of the College of Science and Arts) to the island nation of Japan and the island of Okinawa in January of 1956. The deans report on education institutions they visited in Japan and Okinawa, and progress the MSU Group has made in providing educational resources and assistance in these areas of the Far East.
1956
Clifford E. Erickson (Dean of the College of Education) and Milton E. Muelder (Dean of the College of Science and Arts) report on the progress of the Michigan State University Group in Saigon. Topics include relations with government officials, health and housing, education, and police training.
February 7th,1956
A report written by Ralph H. Smuckler on February 7, 1956. The report highlighted activities of the Michigan State University Group (MSU) during the month of January 1956, including the Field Administration Project, the Presidency Project, the Participant Program, Institute Programs, the Police Project, and the Executive Office of the Vietnam Advisory Team in Saigon.
February 8th,1956
A telegram from Milton E. Muelder, Dean of the College of Science and Arts, to MSU President John A. Hannah. Muelder congratules the Michigan State University Group for the work they have done in getting their program started.
February 17th,1956
A report written by Milton E. Muelder, Dean of the College of Science and Arts. The report summarizes the progress made by the Michigan State University Group in the month of January 1956, focusing on the Police, Field Administration, and Presidency Projects; the Institute and Participant Programs; and the Executive Office.
March 29th,1956
A letter from Leland Barrows, Director of the United States Operations Mission to Vietnam, to MSU President John A. Hannah. Barrows writes to commend the Michigan State University Group (MSUG), and to single out the involvement in Vietnam of Ralph H. Smuckler as Chief Adviser to the MSUG. Barrows asks President Hannah to consider letting Smuckler stay in Vietnam for another year.
March 5th,1956
A report from Ralph H. Smuckler, Acting Chief Advisor to the Michigan State University Group (MSUG), to the United States Operations Mission (USOM) and Michigan State University (MSU), on MSUG's developments during the month of February 1956.
April 4th,1956
A letter from Julius J. Kessler, Assistant Director in the Office of Contract Relations at the International Cooperation Administration (ICA) in Washington, D.C., to Edward W. Weidner, Coordinator of the Michigan State University Group (MSUG). Kessler writes a letter of intent for Weidner to continue with the MSUG, and to revise the group's contract to include additional staffing and salary. Weidner encourages MSU President John A. Hannah to write a formal letter of acceptance to Kessler. Hannah, in turn, writes to thank Kessler for extending the technical services contract another year.
May 15th,1956
A letter from Ngo Dinh Diem, first president of South Vietnam, to MSU president John A. Hannah. Diem expresses his gratitude to Hannah for the service of MSU professors Muelder, Erickson, Fishel, and Dorsey. Diem concludes by encouraging Hannah to visit Saigon within the year.
May 21st,1956
A letter from Milton E. Muelder, Dean of the College of Science and Arts, to Thomas E. Cotner, Director of the Educational Exchange and Training Branch of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. Muelder asks Cotner to extend an invitation, on behalf of MSU president John A. Hannah, for Dr. Nguyen Quang Trinh and his wife to be Hannah's dinner guests on the evening of May 29, 1956.
May 27th,1956
A letter from Arthur F. Brandstatter, Michigan State University Group (MSUG) Police Administration Advisor (writing from Rome, Italy), to MSU president John A. Hannah. Brandstatter indicates that he is traveling back to the U.S. after a two-week stay in Saigon. He reports to Hannah that he feels the MSUG was well received, from South Vietnamese president Diem down. Brandstatter also encourages Hannah to visit Saigon soon.
June 1st,1956
A letter from Edward W. Weidner, advisor through the Foreign Operations Administration, to MSU president John A. Hannah. Weidner thanks Hannah for hosting Rector Nguyen Quang Trinh (National University of Vietnam) and his wife at Hannah's home on May 29, 1956.
June 4th,1956
A letter from MSU president John A. Hannah to South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. Hannah thanks Diem for writing a favorable letter about the Michigan State University Group (MSUG), and talks about his recent visit in East Lansing with University of Vietnam Rector Nguyen Quant Trinh. Hannah concludes by informing Diem that he hopes to visit South Vietnam in November of 1956.
May 7th,1956
A report from Dr. Wesley R. Fishel on the progress of the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) in Saigon during the month of April 1956. Fishel discusses reorganization that took place in the Administrative Office, and highlights updates in the Police Project, Field Administration, the Institute Program, and In-Service Training.
June 19th,1956
A letter from Nguyen Quang Trinh, Rector of the National University of Vietnam, to MSU president John A. Hannah. Trinh thanks Hannah for hosting his wife and him, and for touring them around MSU campus.
July 2nd,1956
A letter from South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem to MSU president John A. Hannah. Diem expresses his joy in learning that Hannah plans to visit South Vietnam later that year. Diem goes on to praise the work of the Michigan State University Group.
July 4th,1956
A letter from Nguyen Quang Tranh, Rector of the National University of Vietnam, to Mr. Espinosa, Chief of the Professional Activities Division of the International Educational Exchange Service in Washington, D.C. Rector Tranh requests to Mr. Espinosa that five professors in varying specialties be sent to Vietnam to assist in educating at the National University of Vietnam. Tranh also indicates that two American professors have volunteered their expertise.
July 11th,1956
A letter from Nguyen Quang Trinh, Rector of the National University of Vietnam, to MSU president John A. Hannah. Trinh requests that Hannah consider sending Professors Muelder, Erickson, and Weidner to Vietnam to assist in educating at the University of Vietnam in Saigon.
August 6th,1956
A letter from MSU president John A. Hannah to Nguyen Quang Trinh, Rector of the National University of Vietnam in Saigon. Hannah acknowledges Trinh's letter of July 11 in which the assistance of university professors is requested. Hannah makes some suggestions for MSU professors for Trinh to speak with, and then thanks him again for his visit to the U.S.
September 14th,1956
A report from Wesley R. Fishel on the progress made by the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) in Vietnam. The report focuses on four main program divisions: Police, Field Administration, National Institute, and In-Service Training.
November 8th,1956
A letter from Edward W. Weidner, Coordinator of the Vietnam Project, to MSU president John A. Hannah. Weidner informs Hannah of a cable from Wesley R. Fishel in Saigon, in which the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) and the Vietnamese Government were not consulted on a "reversal" of procedures recommended by the United States Operations Mission (USOM). The intended changes, Weidner felt, would adversely affect continuity and objectives of the MSUG's mission in Vietnam.
1950-1959
A memorandum addressing principles and policies in the assignment of police personnel for the Police Project of the Michigan State University Group (MSUG).