Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Series: 2) GENERAL SUBJECT FILES. 1928-1991, n.d. [1958-1968]
Box 55 Folder 49 Complaints - Vietnam Project [and Ramparts article] 1966
(Partially scanned folder | 22 records)
May 10th,1966
Appointed by MSU President Hannah, an ad-hoc committee of three MSU faculty members (Ralph Smuckler, John Henderson, and Cole Brembeck) co-wrote a report on Michigan State University's relationships with overseas universities.  The report's subjects include the charge to the committee, the committee's definition of its task, the committee's procedure, background, and other criteria pertinent to the subject of international aid.  An appendix of MSU International Projects as of April 1966 is included.
1966
Ralph Smuckler, Dean of International Programs, writes a memorandum on 53 factual inaccuracies in the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article that claimed the Michigan State University Group (MSUG), which provided technical assistance in Vietnam from 1955-1962, was a front for a covert CIA operation.  Smuckler provides a disclaimer that the memorandum is not meant to cover distortions, but rather to indicate innacuracy of fact.
May 6th,1966
William Marvel, President of the publication Education and World Affairs, offers MSU President John Hannah words of encouragement after having read Hannah's statement on the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article that speculated that the Michigan State University Group's (MSUG) technical assistance program in Vietnam was a front for a covert CIA operation.  Marvel apologizes to Hannah for not being able to assemble a large enough board of members to attend an intended Committee on University International Programs meeting in East Lansing on April 29.  Hannah replies in kind in a May 12 letter.
May 17th,1966
MSU President John Hannah writes to The Honorable George Montgomery in the House of Representatives in Lansing, MI.  Hannah reflects on a quote he had intended on sharing with Montgomery, in which Robert Scheer, an editor of Ramparts magazine, refers to the Viet Cong as "just men -- noble, proud, defiant, idealistic, spiteful, extremely petty, and jealous of their prerogatives..." Hannah goes on to quote a statement made by Warren Hinckle on a New York radio program, in which Hinckle implies that the Vietnam Project was "...principally involved in supplying guns and ammunition in a police-state apparatus to a man later exposed as a dictator."
April 22nd,1966
Edward Zabrusky, Editor of the University News Bureau at MSU, writes to the editors in the MSU Department of Information Services, informing them of a statement made by President Hannah regarding MSU's program in Vietnam.  An attached list shows that the statement was sent to various members of the Michigan government.
April 26th,1966
Gaylord Yost, a Michigan State University (MSU) alumni from Cadillac, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah in protest.  Yost refers to MSU as an "espionage tool of the Central Intelligence Agency", and expresses his displeasure in the thought that the university showed poor judgment with its involvement in Vietnam, adding that he will not donate to the institution for some time.  Hannah replies in an April 29 letter, enclosing a copy of his official April 22 statement to the press, and expressing his hopes that Yost will reconsider his stance on the university's record.
May 3rd,1966
Henry Jones, an Assistant Professor of Political Science in Texas, writes to MSU President Hannah after having read the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article on MSU's involvement in Vietnam, and responses from Wesley Fishel in Time magazine on the same subject.  Jones believes MSU is partly to blame for America's lowered self-confidence, and accuses Hannah of implementing dishonorable tactics upon responding to the Ramparts article.  Hannah replies in a May 6 letter, enclosing a copy of his official statement on the article.
April 28th,1966
James Edwards, Professor in the MSU Department of Accounting & Financial Administration, writes to President Hannah in support of the university's administrative leadership.  Edwards notes that, though many of the faculty members are silent on the issue of the negative response to MSU's involvement in Vietnam, their silence should not be construed as disinterest.  Hannah replies in kind in a May 3 letter.
May 3rd,1966
Francis Horn, President of the University of Rhode Island, writes to MSU President John Hannah.  Horn refers to an adverse editorial in his state's local paper, and provides a copy to Hannah.  President Horn also suggests that Hannah might send a letter to the editor in response to the editorial.  Horn concludes his letter by offering Hannah his best wishes.
May 3rd,1966
James O'Hara, 12th District Representative of Michigan, writes from Washington, D.C. to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending an April 27 letter and a copy of MSU's official statement in response to the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.  O'Hara indicates that he will add the statement to his files for future reference.
May 4th,1966
Michigan State Senator Bernard O'Brien, Jr., writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending a copy of the university's official statement on the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article on MSU's involvement in Vietnam.
May 4th,1966
Billie Farnum, 19th District Representative of Michigan, writes from Washington, D.C., to MSU President Hannah.  Farnum thanks Hannah for sending a copy of MSU's official statement in response to the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.  Farnum indicates that he had recently received a copy of the magazine, and was happy to see the university's position so clearly stated.
May 4th,1966
Frederick Seitz, President of the National Academy of Sciences, writes to MSU President Hannah to offer encouragement after reading the university's official statement on the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.
May 5th,1966
Oregon State University President James Jensen writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending Michigan State University's official statement on the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.  Jensen praises Hannah on the statement, indicating that the comments are useful.
May 4th,1966
Raymond Catsman of Catsman Company in Flint, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah, expression admiration for him and his university.  Catsman indicates that he is puzzled by the official reaction to the allegation that MSU knowingly employed CIA agents, stating that this type of assistance should be a source of pride rather than a source of apology.  Hannah replies in a May 6 letter, thanking Catsman for his inquiry into MSU's role in Vietnam and clarifying that MSU objected to being charged on engaging in "surreptitious activities".
May 6th,1966
Weston Vivian, 2nd District of Michigan Representative, writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending MSU's official statement responding to the April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's technical assistance program in Vietnam.
May 6th,1966
U.S. Senator Fred Harris writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending the university's official statement on allegations made in the April 1966 issue of Ramparts magazine, in which MSU is accused of using the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) as a covert CIA operation.
May 9th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Frederick Seitz, President of the National Academy of Sciences, thanking him for his thoughtful comment regarding the university's official statement on MSU's project in Vietnam released earlier that year.
May 6th,1966
Harold Margulies, Associate Division Director of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., writes to MSU President Hannah in defense of his official statement on allegations made in the April 1966 Ramparts magazine, in which the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) was accused of being a cover for a covert CIA operation.  Margulies empathizes wish Hannah on the slander his university has been subjected to, and thanks him for his efforts.  Hannah thanks him in a May 10 letter of reply.
May 6th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to the Editor of The Evening Bulletin in Providence, Rhode Island, after being notified by University of Rhode Island President Francis Horn of an adverse editorial printed on the 29th of April.  Hannah defends MSU's official statement on an April 1966 Ramparts magazine article which made negative allegations on MSU's involvement in Vietnam, and asks the Editor to consider reading the statement.  Hannah concludes by saying he hopes that the factual information will lead the Editor to a conclusion different from the one printed in the editorial.
May 6th,1966
Gerald Ford, Fifth District of Michigan Representative, writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending a copy of the personal statement made by Hannah in response to an April 1966 Ramparts magazine article regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.  Ford indicates that he will read the statement more clearly at his first opportunity, and sends Hannah warm regards.
May 13th,1966
Richard Humphrey, Director of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., writes to Ralph Smuckler, Dean of International Programs at MSU.  Humphrey indicates that the latest Advisory Committee meeting began with a run-down of the current controversy regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam, stating that the main points did not conflict with MSU President Hannah's recent comments in an official statement released the previous month.  Humphrey concludes by wishing Smuckler well, and a handwritten note at the top of the letter says "Send Copy to President Hannah for info".