Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Series: 2) GENERAL SUBJECT FILES. 1928-1991, n.d. [1958-1968]
Box 55 Folder 50 Complaints - Vietnam Project [and Ramparts article]
(Partially scanned folder | 32 records)
March 14th,1966
Stanley Andrews, consultant to the Foreign Agricultural Service, writes to MSU President Hannah.  After having read an article in the Christian Science Monitor about the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) and their service in Vietnam, Andrews shares his admiration with Hannah of their efforts.  Andrews also recounts an incident where he met a graduate of the National Institute of Administration (NIA) during his travels in South Vietnam.
April 14th,1966
Ray Bixler, Professor from the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Louisville, Kentucky, writes to MSU President Hannah, outraged by a New York Times article regarding the involvement of MSU with the CIA in Vietnam.  Bixler suggests that MSU provide an official statement, ensuring that they are no longer involved with the CIA.  Hannah, in an April 25 letter of reply, provides a copy of a statement made on April 22, but fears it may be inadequate for Bixler, and expresses his concern that Bixler accepted media allegations before awaiting an official response from the university.
April 15th,1966
P.A. Agnew of San Francisco, CA, writes to MSU President Hannah, including a San Francisco Chronicle editorial with his letter.  Agnew clarifies that he is not in favor of the stance taken in the editorial, but he is thankful that MSU acted as a cover for CIA activities.  Hannah, in an April 25 letter of reply, thanks Agnew for sending the editorial, but clarifies that MSU never had a clandestine relationship with the CIA, while acknowledging their work in defending American freedoms.
April 15th,1966
William Goode, Professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, writes to MSU President Hannah, arguing that there is no excuse for MSU acting as a front for the CIA and their spying activities.  Goode calls for the expulsion of the men responsible.  Hannah, in an April 28 letter of reply, includes a copy of MSU's April 22 statement on the matter, and denies Goode's allegations against the university.
April 15th,1966
Huber Hilton of Santa Cruz, CA, writes to MSU President Hannah, and includes an editorial from the San Francisco Chronicle.  The editorial criticized MSU's involvement in Vietnam, and Hilton challenges the Chronicle's viewpoint.  Hannah, in an April 26 letter of reply, thanks Hilton for sending the editorial, and for suggesting that it be challenged.
April 15th,1966
Dr. John Klempner of San Francisco, CA, writes to MSU President Hannah to state that he wishes his name to be removed from the listings of Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in Advertising, possibly in light of accusations made by Ramparts magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle that MSU knowingly employed CIA personnel for covert operations, using the Michigan State University Group as a front.  Hannah replies to Dr. Klempner in an April 25 letter, including a copy of Hannah's official reply statement, made at an April 22 press conference.
April 18th,1966
Dr. F.G. Cummins, M.D. of Santa Cruz, CA, writes to MSU President Hannah in protest of MSU's apparent part in conspirational actions in Vietnam.  Cummins refers to "more reliable documents" than the Ramparts magazine article.  Hannah, in an April 26 letter of reply, encloses a copy of his official April 22 statement on the matter, in the hopes that Cummins will see that MSU's efforts had nothing to do with conspiracy.
April 18th,1966
John Wentworth of Washington, D.C. writes to MSU President Hannah in protest of an editorial in the Washington Post which refers to the university's denial that it is in cooperation with the CIA, and that MSU has had a partnership with the CIA through the time of the Michigan State University Group's technical service work in Vietnam.  Wentworth suggests to Hannah that the college might redeem itself by disclosing financial connections with government agencies publicly.  Hannah, in an April 25 letter of reply, indicates that the university does already report expenses (including funds spent during the time of MSU's project in Vietnam), and includes Hannah's official statement on the allegations of connections with the CIA.
April 20th,1966
A.A. Lacognata, a doctoral graduate of MSU living in Gotham, ME, writes to MSU President Hannah in protest of an April 17 New York Times article which reported that the university worked with the CIA from 1959 to 1962.  Lacognata refers to the alleged connection as "intellectual prostitution", and asks that his name be removed from the MSU alumni mailing list.  Hannah, in an April 25 letter of reply, informs Lacognata that his name has been removed from the list, but includes a copy of his April 22 official statement regarding the MSU project in Vietnam, on the off-chance that Lacognata should be interested in reading it.
April 22nd,1966
James Denison, former member of the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) in Vietnam, provides MSU President Hannah with a list of media representatives from Hannah's April 22 news conference.
April 24th,1966
Milton Elishewitz, an MSU alumni living in Brooklyn, NY, writes to MSU President Hannah in support of the university, its involvement in Vietnam, and the CIA.  Elishewitz overlooks the negative publicity MSU has received in the press, and shares with Hannah that his pride as an alumnus grows as MSU's stature grows.  Hannah, in an April 28 letter of reply, thanks Elishewitz for his words of encouragement.
April 25th,1966
Frank Madaski, County Extension Agent from Berrien County, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah, and shares a newspaper article from the April 23, 1966 News-Palladium from Benton Harbor, MI.  Madaski shares that he enjoyed Hannah's presentation at a meeting of the Berrien MSU Alumni Assoication, and expresses his discouragement in the headlines of the attached article.  Hannah, in an April 27 letter of reply, thanks Madaski for his support.
April 25th,1966
Raymond Barreras, a graduate student from the Department of Chemistry at MSU, writes to President Hannah to express his pleasure in hearing Hannah's April 22 press conference on WKAR, and asks for a copy of Hannah's remarks.  Hannah, in an April 27 letter of reply, acknowledges Barreras' note of kindness, and attaches a copy of his statement to the press.
April 25th,1966
John Winburne, Professor of the University College at MSU, writes to President Hannah on behalf of himself and his wife, in support of Hannah's statements on MSU's contributions to Vietnam.  Hannah replies in kind in an April 27 letter of response.
April 25th,1966
Ralph Smuckler, Acting Dean of the Office of International Programs at MSU, writes to President Hannah to inform him that he is sending copies of Hannah's April 22 statement on MSU's involvement in Vietnam to the Academic Council of many of the international programs around the country with whom they are in affiliation.  Smuckler recommends that Hannah's statement be sent with a personal letter to Senators and Congressmen from Michigan.
April 25th,1966
Kathleen Loose, a student living in Fee Hall at MSU, writes to President Hannah to congratulate him for defending the university in his April 22 statement to the press.  Hannah replies in kind in an April 28 letter.
April 21st,1966
Former MSU student Will Muller writes an April 21 article in The Detroit News about MSU President Hannah.  Muller defends Hannah, noting the charges that were brought up by Ramparts magazine that the university knowingly employed the assistance of the CIA during its project in Vietnam.  Hannah writes letters of thanks on April 26 and 27 to Martin Hayden, Editor of The Detroit News, and to Muller.  Hannah also shows his appreciation to Judge A.F. Lederle of Detroit in an April 27 letter, for including a note on the article.
April 26th,1966
Leland Doan of Midland, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah is support of his comments made in answer to allegations made by Ramparts magazine that MSU knowingly employed CIA agents during its time in Vietnam.  Hannah writes in kind in an April 28 letter of reply.
April 27th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to The Honorable J.W. Fulbright in Washington, D.C. , suggesting that the senator might like a copy of his official statement on the allegations made by Ramparts magazine against the Michigan State University Group (MSUG) and the group's project in Vietnam.
April 28th,1966
Richard Foster of the law offices of Foster, Campbell, Lindemer & McGurrin in Lansing, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah, thanking him for sending a copy of his statement in response to Ramparts magazine's article on the allegations that the university knowingly employed CIA agents during its project in Vietnam.  Foster empathizes with Hannah on the attacks brought forth by Ramparts.
April 28th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Robert Herrick, Editor of the Muskegon Chronicle in Muskegon, MI, thanking him for the supportive editorial printed in the April 26 issue of the newspaper.
July 6th,1966
Charles Baugh, from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL, writes to MSU President Hannah in defense of his statements against the allegation that the CIA were involved with the MSU project in Vietnam.  Baugh compliments Hannah on his effective leadership.  Hannah, after returning from a brief vacation, replies to Baugh in an appreciative July 18 letter of reply.
July 15th,1966
Ralph Smuckler, Acting Dean of International Programs at MSU, writes to President Hannah with a drafted letter to Senator Wayne Morse.  On President Hannah's behalf, Smuckler writes to Senator Morse to clarify some points regarding some remarks Morse made to the International Studies Association, specifically on MSU's activity in Vietnam.  Morse replies to Hannah in an August 31 letter, thanking him for sending a copy of Hannah's statement, and offering his regards.
April 18th,1966
The author of the April 18, 1966 article talks about George Carver, Jr., author of the article "The Faceless Viet Cong" for the publication Foreign Affairs, pointing out that Carver is a CIA man. The article continues to discuss the potential for corruption of academic institutions by government bodies such as the CIA.
April 27th,1966
Dwight Stocker, President of KVP Sutherland Paper Company in Kalamazoo, MI, writes to MSU President Hannah to thank him for sending a copy of his official statement on the CIA's involvement with the MSU project in Vietnam.
April 27th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Michigan Governor George Romney, enclosing a copy of his official statement in response to Ramparts magazine's article on MSU's project in Vietnam.
April 28th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Fred Hechinger, Education Editor of The New York Times, enclosing a copy of his statement in response to Ramparts magazine's allegations that MSU was knowingly employing members of the CIA during the time of its project in Vietnam.  Hannah thanks Hechinger for putting "the M.S.U. Affair" in proper perspective in his April 24 column, but clarifies that the university did not know, and does not know, that CIA agents were on MSU's payroll.
April 28th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Senator Philip Hart in Washington, D.C., enclosing a copy of his official statement to the press from April 22 regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.  Hannah offers to answer any questions Senator Hart may have regarding specific aspects of the Vietnam Project.
April 28th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Senator Fred Harris in Washington, D.C., enclosing a copy of his official statement in response to allegations that the CIA was knowingly employed to assist in MSU's project in Vietnam.
April 27th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Senator Patrick McNamara in Washington, D.C., enclosing a copy of his official statement on the Ramparts magazine article in which MSU is accused of operating an undercover CIA operation during the time of its project in Vietnam.  The letter was not sent at the time it was originally intended, as Senator McNamara died on April 30.
April 28th,1966
MSU President Hannah writes to Russell Thackery of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, enclosing a copy of his official statement to the press on allegations from Ramparts magazine regarding MSU's project in Vietnam.
April 1966
A list of intended recipients of copies of MSU President Hannah's official statement against allegations regarding MSU's involvement in Vietnam.