Hubert H. Humphrey Digitization Project
1967 fared little better. Soured by the bad election year and dropping polls, Johnson rarely visited college campuses and was careful about his public appearances in general. Humphrey however, accustomed to being in the midst of protests and demonstrations, met with even more violence than usual. At a Stanford University student panel discussion on February 20th where Humphrey gave this speech "four hundred anti-war demonstrators mobbed his car, pushed placards in his face, and shrieked: 'War criminal,' 'Murderer,' and 'Burn, Baby, Burn.' Several tried to crash through the cordon of police, and one emptied a can of urine on a Secret Service man defending the vice president. Another threw himself under the front wheel of Humphrey's car but was dragged back by a policeman" (Hubert Humphrey: A Biography, p. 303).
A week later Humphrey gave this speech to the United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet where he bemoaned the fact that, though it was laudable that students were able to protest in a country like ours, still: "There is something quite tragic and discouraging about young men and women, especially at an institution of learning, not being willing to listen to another point of view and to debate the great issues of our time" (p. 2).
On March 22, 1967 Humphrey gave a speech in the cradle of the civil rights movement to the Birmingham Red Cross Awards Program extolling their support of blood donations to the cause in Vietnam. Although Humphrey saw himself as a champion of civil rights, his loyalty towards Johnson was at cross purposes with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s view of the war in Vietnam. In April of 1967 King gave a speech titled: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence in which he named the Vietnam War as the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement. "A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor -- both black and white -- through the Poverty Program. Then came the build-up in Vietnam, and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political play thing of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such."
At the time King gave this speech, Humphrey was in Europe dealing with anti-war protestors abroad while visiting Switzerland, the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and even meeting with the Pope. He was back in time for more riots in numerous American cities that summer, a war in the Middle East, another escalation of troops to Vietnam by August of that year and a continuation of student protests.
In a speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve on October 23, 1967 Humphrey still vehemently supported the president's policies on Vietnam: "I support the President, and I support the course he is following because I too believe that it is right, and no amount of popularity that can be gained is worth the abandonment of conscience" (p.22). By late October Humphrey was again sent to Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and made this speech at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon where he exclaimed to the U.S. Mission Staff: "This is our great adventure and a wonderful one it is" (p. 15). People found his words obscene (Hubert Humphrey: A Biography, p. 312).
On November 18, 1967 Humphrey addressed the Young Democrats National Convention in this speech. In a note added to the speech, handwritten on hotel stationary, Humphrey wrote: "If you don't believe in yourself, your party or your President, how do you expect others to believe in you? Never put poison in the well from which you will have to drink." This staunch loyalty would be tested to the brink of Humphrey's endurance in the events of the election year of 1968.
These speech texts, as well as all of Humphrey's speeches from 1941-1967 are linked to the inventory of his Speech Text Files. More of Humphrey's speeches will be made available each month throughout this project. Look for the first half of 1968 in April!
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New and Updated Finding Aids - March 2013
|ALAN R. WOOLWORTH: An Inventory of His Papers||00339|
|Personal papers and research files of Alan R. Woolworth, a Minnesota historian and archaeologist, primarily concerning events and individuals from nineteenth century Minnesota. Research files and other records of his and his wife's consulting business, Woolworth Research Associates, are included.|
|Architects' Small House Service Bureau: An Inventory of Its Records||01085|
|Correspondence, minutes, financial statements, newspaper clippings, printed and promotional materials, and related records of a regional and national organization, founded and headquartered in Minneapolis, that published and sold stock architectural plans for a variety of small homes, offered advice and counseling, and performed other professional services for people with limited incomes wishing to build small, well designed, and attractive homes.|
|EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: An Inventory of Its Published Records and Reports||gr00435|
|Reports, newsletters, and miscellaneous print and near-print items of or about the Education Department. The records cover all aspects of the department's duties and activities, including curriculum, rules and regulations, standards, administration, school finance, development, Indian education, instruction, foreign languages, pupil personnel services, libraries, management, planning, equal educational opportunity, professions development, school facilities and transportation, special education, statistics, teacher certification and placement, vocational rehabilitation, and vocational-technical education.|
|F. T. (Frithiof T.) Gustavson and Family: An Inventory of Their Papers||01083|
|Biographical data, correspondence, writings, clippings, and photographs of Gustavson, operator of the Home Trading Company in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, amateur archaeologist, student of aboriginal peoples and history of the area, superintendent of the Chippewa Museum in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and lecturer, tourism promoter and author.|
|Future Now (Organization): An Inventory of Its Records||01088|
|Annual reports, articles of incorporation, bylaws, financial statements, minutes, administrative files, and client and potential client files of a Twin Cities-based consulting firm working to advance progressive issues through the training of and consultation with members of local environmental, neighborhood, cooperative, social justice, and similar organizations.|
|GAMMA (Organization): An Inventory of Its Organizational Records||00383|
|Records of a social and athletic organization for gay men in the Twin Cities.|
|Governor: An Inventory of Its Election Records||gr00696|
|Materials created or accumulated by the Governor's Office in confirmation of the validation of elections and the electoral process.|
|Human Rights Department: An Inventory of Its Records||gr00697|
|Annual/biennial reports, minutes, commissioner's correspondence, topical background and subject files, news clippings, and published records a0nd reports documenting the main administrative activities and duties of the department. Included are records of the commission's predecessors, the Governor's Interracial Commission, Governor's Human Rights Commission, Fair Employment Practices Commission, and State Commission Against Discrimination.|
|Hubert H. Humphrey: An Inventory of His Speech Text Files||00442|
Copies of Humphrey's speeches, in varying formats
including notes, drafts, speaking texts, printed copies,
and transcripts. Also present are excerpts, sample
speeches, and incomplete indexes and checklists.
Includes digital content.
|James R. Anderson: An Inventory of His Papers||01087|
|Biographical information, patents, product catalogs, reports, product information sheets, and other records compiled by Anderson while employed as a chief electronics engineer and founding partner of Research, Incorporated, a Minneapolis firm that designed, manufactured, and sold electronic instruments, communications devices, and heating devices to industrial customers. There is also some material pertaining to Anderson Business Computer Systems, Inc., the company Anderson incorporated in 1981 after leaving Research, Inc. and operated until its dissolution in 1988.|
|Minnesota Transfer Railway Company: An Inventory of Its Records||00487|
|Minutes, stock certificates, annual reports, correspondence and subject files, financial and accounting records, operating analyses and monthly operating reports, maps and engineering drawings, payroll records, and miscellaneous legal papers of a St. Paul-based railroad company organized under the impetus of James J. Hill by a consortium of nine major railroads entering the Twin Cities to facilitate the transfer and handling of freight entering the cities by rail.|
|Saint Paul Union Depot Company: An Inventory of Its Records||00770|
|Minutes (1897-1985), annual reports (1885-1980), correspondence and subject files (1910s-1970s), payroll records (1885-1970), accounting records (1879-1977), operating statements (1921-1975), engineering and architectural drawings (1889-1954), and miscellaneous legal and financial papers (1896-1955) documenting the existence of a now defunct company organized in 1879 to serve the nine major railroads entering the Twin Cities. The jointly owned and operated company controlled 9.24 miles of St. Paul trackage and terminal facilities, including the depot building. The company was operated in tandem with the Minnesota Transfer Railway Company, with effective control of both properties exercised by the same board comprised of representatives of the nine joint tenants. The current depot facility was built during 1919-1924; passenger service ceased in 1971.|
|St. Paul Retired Teachers, Inc.: An Inventory of Its Records||01089|
|Articles of incorporation, constitutions and bylaws, historical compilations, newsletters, board activity files, annual historical books, a history of the organization, and a treasurer's book of this social, fund-raising, and advocacy organization of retired teachers in St. Paul.|
|Theodore Christian Blegen: An Inventory of His Papers||p1666|
|Kensington Runestone research files (1899-1968) and miscellaneous correspondence files (1878-1956) of Theodore C. Blegen (1891-1969), a University of Minnesota professor (1927-1939), dean (1940-1960), superintendent (1931-1939), and research fellow (1960-1969) at the Minnesota Historical Society. The runestone files generated in the 1960s while he was researching the stone, concern a large stone bearing runic inscriptions that were purportedly carved by Viking explorers, and which was found near Kensington (Douglas County), Minnesota in 1898.|
New and Updated Catalog Records
|Bigelow, H. R. (Horace Ransom), 1820-1894.|
|Letters, photographs, a diary, and other papers of early St. Paul lawyer Horace R. Bigelow.|
|Chamberlain, Charles A. (Charles Addision). Charles A. Chamberlain and family papers, 1865-1905.|
|Papers of Charles A. Chamberlain of Ortonville, Minnesota, who served in the Civil War with the Second Minnesota Regiment.|
|Holman, Martin J. (Martin John). Farm account book and related papers, 1929-1937.|
|Farm account book (1929-1937) of Martin John Holman for his 240-acre farm in Otter Tail County, Minnesota and related papers.|
|Irish, Gail L. The Ribbon project papers, 1983-1993.|
|Correspondence, photographs, news clippings and printed materials, and a sound cassette documenting Minnesota’s participation in The Ribbon: A Celebration of Life, a grassroots anti-war project that encircled the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, with quilts.|
|Kimball, Wilbur S. (Wibur Stanley). Wilbur S. Kimball papers, 1864-1894.|
|Papers of a Jackson, Minnesota man who served in the Civil War as a member of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment.|
|Roberts, Vincent, addressee. Letters received from family and acquaintances in Minnesota, 1864-1886.|
|Twenty-eight letters received by Vincent Roberts, a farmer, justice of the peace, and real estate and loan agent living at Iron Ridge, Dodge County, Wisconsin, from family and acquaintances discussing family matters and economic conditions in southern Minnesota.|
|Ronellenfitsch, Anthony, addressee. Letters received from servicemen, 1942-1945.|
|Letters received by Fr. Anthony Ronellenfitsch, O.S.B., pastor of St. Michael's parish in Mahnomen, Minnesota from three servicemen during World War II.|
|Tozer, Maude. Apron sketchbook, 1940-1960.|
|Notebook containing sketches, measurements, fabric descriptions, and other details of aprons made and sold by Minneapolis seamstress Maude Tozer.|