Guide to the Papers of John M. Mecklin, 1918 - 1986Manuscript ML-28

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of John M. Mecklin, 1918 - 1986

Call Number:

Manuscript ML-28

Collection Dates:

1918 - 1986

Size of Collection:

11 boxes (15.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

John M. Mecklin (1918-1971), journalist. Dartmouth College Class of 1939. Consist of correspondence, notebooks, news research, speeches, newspaper clippings, articles, and photographs as well as a carbon copy typescript and a published volume of his book, "Mission in Torment." A German copy of the book is also included.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John Martin Mecklin consist of correspondence, notebooks, news research, speeches, newspaper clippings, articles, and photographs as well as a carbon copy typescript and a published volume of his book, "Mission in Torment." A German copy of the book is also included.

Biography

John Martin Mecklin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 29, 1918. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939. After graduation Mecklin worked as a newspaper reporter in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, and as a press agent for United Air Lines. During and after World War II, he was a war correspondent in Europe for the Chicago Sun (1944-1946), a reporter and columnist for the Rome Daily American (1946-1947), and a writer in the Sunday news summary of the New York Times (1947-1948). In 1948, he began his career at Time Inc., eventually becoming an associate editor on the staff of "Fortune" Magazine (1966-1968) and was named to its Board of Editors in 1968. From 1961-1964, Mecklin took a leave of absence from Time, Inc. and was appointed Public Affairs Advisor, U. S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development of the United States Information Agency in Paris (1961-1962). In 1962, he became Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, in Saigon, Vietnam, a position he held until 1964. In 1965, Doubleday published his book about Vietnam entitled "Mission in Torment." Mecklin died of cancer on October 29, 1971, at the age of 53.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1925-1971

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Notebooks, 1952-1968
  • Folder: 2, Photographs A, undated
  • Folder: 3, Photographs B, undated
  • Folder: 4, Press and ID Cards, Passports, 1940-1971
  • Folder: 5, Mailing Labels, Address Books, undated

Box: 2, Dates: 1918-1986

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Childhood Miscellany: NY Times front pages from birth date, summer camp forms, telegrams, drawings, 1918-1932
  • Folder: 2, Deerfield Miscellany: Letters, newspapers, bill, playbill, commencement exercises, 1932-1935
  • Folder: 3, Ski Bulletins: two magazines, 1936-1937
  • Folder: 4, Dartmouth College Papers: report cards, commencement exercises, varsity letter, regulations handbook, newspapers, 1935-1939
  • Folder: 5, Dartmouth newspaper clippings, press passes, 1935-1939
  • Folder: 6, Dartmouth newspaper clippings, scrapbook, 1935-1939
  • Folder: 7, Dartmouth College sociology notes, papers, exams, 1937
  • Folder: 8, Dartmouth College English papers, 1935-1939
  • Folder: 9, WWII Souvenirs: soldier's guide to Sicily, postcards, march music, maps, 1943-1945
  • Folder: 10, Souvenirs: identity cards, insurance information, papers, 1949-1966
  • Folder: 11, Photographs, undated
  • Folder: 12, Letters, Personal: from wife and sons to JMM, 1956-1970
  • Folder: 13, Letters, Personal: from JMM to wife and sons, 1960-1969
  • Folder: 14, Letters, Personal: from JMM to Pamela and vice versa, 1970-1971
  • Folder: 15, Letters, Personal: from Mary Hope (Mecklin) Jenkins to JMM, 1961-1965
  • Folder: 16, Letters, Personal: from nieces and nephews to JMM, 1962-1971
  • Folder: 17, Letters, Personal: from mother to JMM, 1962-1967
  • Folder: 18, Letters, Personal: from mother to JMM, 1967-1970
  • Folder: 19, Letters, Personal: from mother to JMM, 1970-1971; undated
  • Folder: 20, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1926-1935
  • Folder: 21, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1936-1940
  • Folder: 22, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1941-1942
  • Folder: 23, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1943-1944
  • Folder: 24, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1945-1947
  • Folder: 25, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1948-1950
  • Folder: 26, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1951-1953
  • Folder: 27, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1954-1956
  • Folder: 28, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1957-1960
  • Folder: 29, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 30, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1963-1965
  • Folder: 31, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1966-1969
  • Folder: 32, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, 1970-1971
  • Folder: 33, Letters, Personal: from JMM to family, undated
  • Folder: 34, Obituaries, memorial service transcript, 1971
  • Folder: 35, Letters of consolation to wife and mother, 1971
  • Folder: 36, Correspondence, acquisition of Mecklin collection, 1972-1986
  • Folder: 37, List, additions to the Mecklin collection, undated
  • Folder: 38, Photograph: Brothers of Theta Delta Chi, circa 1939

Box: 3, Dates: 1942-1973

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1942-1946
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1947-1948
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1956-1959
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, 1959-1960
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1961-1962
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, 1964
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, 1965
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, 1965
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, 1966
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, 1967
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence, 1968
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence, 1969
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence, 1970
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence, 1971
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence, Undated
  • Folder: 17, Financial and Legal Documents, 1967-1973
  • Folder: 18, Souvenirs, Undated

Box: 4, Dates: 1944-1965

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Scrapbook, 1944
  • Folder: 2, Scrapbook, 1965

Box: 5, Dates: circa 1940-1948

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Freelance writings, circa 1940s
  • Folder: 2, Freelance Writings, 1941-1948
  • Folder: 3, Springfield Daily News, correspondence and clippings, 1939-1940
  • Folder: 4, Hartford Newsdaily, correspondence and clippings, 1940
  • Folder: 5, United Airlines, correspondence and clippings, 1940
  • Folder: 6, Draft Board, correspondence, 1941-1943
  • Folder: 7, United Press, war correspondence, 1941-1943
  • Folder: 8, United Press, news research cables, circa 1940-1945
  • Folder: 9, United Press, newspaper clippings, 1942
  • Folder: 10, Journal, November 1942 - March 1943
  • Folder: 11, Journal, June - August 1943
  • Folder: 12, Chicago Sun, London, war correspondence, 1944-1946
  • Folder: 13, Chicago Sun, London, news research cables, February-June, 1944
  • Folder: 14, Chicago Sun, London, news research cables, July-December, 1944
  • Folder: 15, Chicago Sun, London, news research cables, February-April, 1945
  • Folder: 16, Chicago Sun, London, news research cables, May-June, 1945
  • Folder: 17, Chicago Sun, professional correspondence, 1945-1946
  • Folder: 18, Chicago Sun, newspaper clippings, 1945-1946
  • Folder: 19, Chicago Sun, Rome, news research cables, 1945
  • Folder: 20, Chicago Sun, Rome, news research cables, 1946
  • Folder: 21, Personal Diary, Rome, 1946-1947
  • Folder: 22, Professional Correspondence, Italy, 1945-1947
  • Folder: 23, Paperwork, Italy, 1946-1947
  • Folder: 24, Rome Daily American, newspaper clippings, 1946-1947
  • Folder: 25, CBS, Rome, professional correspondence and writings, 1946-1947
  • Folder: 26, ABC, Rome, professional correspondence and writings, 1947
  • Folder: 27, New York Times Review of the Week, professional correspondence, October 1947-February 1948

Box: 6, Dates: 1949-1955

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Time, Inc., Canada, professional correspondence and writings, 1949-1950
  • Folder: 2, Time, Inc., national affairs articles, 1952
  • Folder: 3, Time, Inc., national affairs articles, 1952
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, professional, December 1952-July 1955
  • Folder: 5, Time, Inc., London, news cables, August-October 1952
  • Folder: 6, Time, Inc., London, news cables, November 1952-January 1953
  • Folder: 7, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, February-April 1953
  • Folder: 8, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, May-July 1953
  • Folder: 9, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, August-September 1953
  • Folder: 10, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, November-December 1953
  • Folder: 11, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, January-February 1954
  • Folder: 12, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, March-April 1954
  • Folder: 13, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, May-June 1954
  • Folder: 14, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, July-December 1954
  • Folder: 15, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, January-May 1955
  • Folder: 16, Time, Inc., South-East Asia, news cables, 1955

Box: 7, Dates: 1956-1961

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, February - May 1956
  • Folder: 2, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, June - November 1956
  • Folder: 3, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, December 1956 - April 1957
  • Folder: 4, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, May - September 1957
  • Folder: 5, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, October - December 1957
  • Folder: 6, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, January - April 1958
  • Folder: 7, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, May - June 1958
  • Folder: 8, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, July - August 1958
  • Folder: 9, Time, Inc.; Middle East, news research cables, October 1958 - January 1959
  • Folder: 10, Time, Inc.; Menderes-Nasser, major research, March - April - 1956
  • Folder: 11, Time, Inc.; Menderes-Nasser, major research, November 1956 - June 1957
  • Folder: 12, Time, Inc.; Menderes-Nasser, major research, October 1957 - January 1958
  • Folder: 13, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, March - June 1959
  • Folder: 14, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, July - October 1959
  • Folder: 15, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, November - December 1959
  • Folder: 16, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, February - May 1960
  • Folder: 17, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, June - October 1960
  • Folder: 18, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, November 1960 - January 1961
  • Folder: 19, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, February - May 1961
  • Folder: 20, Time, Inc.; Bonn, Germany, news research cables, June - December 1961

Box: 8, Dates: 1960-1970

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Clippings, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1963
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, Professional, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1962
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, Professional, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1963-1964
  • Folder: 4, Employment Paperwork, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1964
  • Folder: 5, Employment Forms, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1964
  • Folder: 6, Notes, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1964
  • Folder: 7, Programs and Schedules, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1960-1964
  • Folder: 8, Telephone Directories, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 9, Bibliography of English-Teaching Materials, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1962
  • Folder: 10, Maps of Vietnam, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, 1963
  • Folder: 11, Vietnam Press, Saigon, Vietnam, Public Affairs Officer, United States Information Agency, November 1963
  • Folder: 12, Time cover, autographed by Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts cartoonist), April 1965
  • Folder: 13, Time, Inc., San Francisco, correspondence, professional, 1964-1966
  • Folder: 14, Time, Inc., San Francisco, News Research Cables, January - November 1964
  • Folder: 15, Time, Inc., San Francisco, News Research Cables, December 1964
  • Folder: 16, Time, Inc., San Francisco, News Research Cables, January - February 1965
  • Folder: 17, Time, Inc., San Francisco, News Research Cables, March 1965
  • Folder: 18, Time, Inc., San Francisco, News Research Cables, April - December 1965
  • Folder: 19, Time, Inc., memos, 1966
  • Folder: 20, Time, Inc., clippings, July 1965
  • Folder: 21, Vietnam Paper, draft, 1968
  • Folder: 22, Book Reviews, 1966-1968
  • Folder: 23, Magazine Articles, 1966-1970
  • Folder: 24, Mideast Paper, draft, 1970
  • Folder: 25, Statements of Staff Benefits, 1969-1970
  • Folder: 26, Fortune memos, 1970
  • Folder: 27, Statements and remarks by others, 1965-1967
  • Folder: 28, Reed College Conference on U.S. Policy in Vietnam, letter, clippings, magazine, April 1965
  • Folder: 29, National Federation of Press Women Convention, clippings, letters, program, speech and drafts, July 1965
  • Folder: 30, University of California, Berkeley: the War in Vietnam, letters, clipping, poster, remarks, September 1965
  • Folder: 31, Deerfield Symposium, speech, letters, clippings, program, December 1965
  • Folder: 32, The Press on Vietnam, speech, clippings, notes, letters, two magazines, October - November 1966
  • Folder: 33, Institute of Current World Affairs, speech, guest list, November 1966
  • Folder: 34, Center for War/Peace Studies, letters, edited draft, January - March 1967
  • Folder: 35, Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements, remarks, letters, clippings, February 1967
  • Folder: 36, Understanding Vietnam. edits, 1967
  • Folder: 37, Ripon Society Research Paper, edits, 1967-1968
  • Folder: 38, Miracosta College, "Focus on Vietnam", clippings, remarks, notes, March 1968
  • Folder: 39, Center for Strategic Studies, seminar notes, guest list, questions, May 1968
  • Folder: 40, Medal for civilian service in Vietnam, 1968
  • Folder: 41, U.S. Public Diplomacy report, 1968
  • Folder: 42, The American People, Vietnam, and the Presidency, report, Institute for International Social Research, 1970
  • Folder: 43, Congressional Record, January 1970
  • Folder: 44, Autobiographical Notes, 1970
  • Folder: 45, Cancer article, correspondence, 1970
  • Folder: 46, Cancer article, notes, 1970
  • Folder: 47, Cancer article, research articles and clippings, 1970
  • Folder: 48, Cancer article, rough draft, 1970

Box: 9, Dates: 1961-1965

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Mission in Torment: correspondence, 1963-1964
  • Folder: 2, Mission in Torment: correspondence, 1965
  • Folder: 3, Mission in Torment: research - notes, handwritten, circa 1964-1965
  • Folder: 4, Mission in Torment: research - notes, typewritten, circa 1964
  • Folder: 5, Mission in Torment: research - news articles and cables, circa 1962-1963
  • Folder: 6, Mission in Torment: research - official statements and communiques, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 7, Mission in Torment: research - memos and other USIS papers, circa 1962-1963
  • Folder: 8, Mission in Torment: research USIS bulletins and releases, 1962-1963
  • Folder: 9, Mission in Torment: research - two surveys, 1963-1964
  • Folder: 10, Mission in Torment: research - correspondence, 1961-1964
  • Folder: 11, Mission in Torment: proposed book outline, 1964
  • Folder: 12, Mission in Torment: introduction drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 13, Mission in Torment: chapter 4 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 14, Mission in Torment: chapter 5 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 15, Mission in Torment: chapter 6 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 16, Mission in Torment: chapter 7 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 17, Mission in Torment: chapter 8 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 18, Mission in Torment: chapter 9 drafts, 1964
  • Folder: 19, Mission in Torment: rough drafts I, 1964
  • Folder: 20, Mission in Torment: rough drafts II, 1964
  • Folder: 21, Mission in Torment: rough drafts III, 1964

Box: 10, Dates: 1964-1966

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Mission in Torment: typescript introduction, 1964
  • Folder: 2, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 1, 1964
  • Folder: 3, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 2, 1964
  • Folder: 4, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 3, 1964
  • Folder: 5, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 4, 1964
  • Folder: 6, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 5, 1964
  • Folder: 7, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 6, 1964
  • Folder: 8, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 7, 1964
  • Folder: 9, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 8, 1964
  • Folder: 10, Mission in Torment: typescript chapter 9, 1964
  • Folder: 11, Mission in Torment, 1965
  • Folder: 12, Augenzeuge in Vietnam: German translation of Mission in Torment, 1966

Box: 11, Dates: 1931-1975

Magazines: "Life" (1954-1957); "Time" (1949-1975); "Dartmouth Alumni Magazine" (1970); Diplomas (1931-1962)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

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