Guide to the John Elmendorf papers, circa 1961-1966 , circa 1961-1966

John Hay Library , Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Published in 2013

Collection Overview

Title: John Elmendorf papers
Date range: circa 1961-1966
Creator: Elmendorf, John
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet
Abstract: The John Elmendorf papers include office files, subject files, and materials regarding the Latin American Studies Program at Brown University. The papers were compiled while Elmendorf was Vice President of Brown, from 1961 to 1965.
Language of materials: English
Repository: John Hay Library , Special Collections
Collection number: OF.1CA.E1

Scope & content

The John Elmendorf papers include office files, subject files, and materials regarding the Latin American Studies Program at Brown University. The papers were compiled during Elmendorf's tenure as Vice President of Brown University, from 1961 to 1965. They have been organized into three series: The first series, Brown files, includes materials regarding various academic departments, student organizations, the Brown University Bicentennial in 1964, and the Peace Corps. Series II, Subject files, includes materials regarding the African-American Institute, government relations, Kansas Universities, Soviet visitors, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The final series, Latin American Studies Program, contains materials regarding the development of a Latin American Studies Program at the University.


The John Elmendorf papers have been organized in three series:
  • I. Brown files
  • II. Subject files
  • III. Latin American Studies Program

Biographical note

John Van Gaasbeek Elmendorf (1916-1980) was an educator whose career embraced nearly every aspect of teaching and academic administration. His intellectual interests were in languages and linguistics. He attended the University of North Carolina with future Brown University President Barnaby Conrad Keeney, graduating in 1937. During World War II, Keeney and Elmendorf served together in the 35th Infantry Division. Elmendorf was in U.S. Army Military Intelligence and was awarded a Bronze Star. In 1946, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Europe for the American Friends Service Committee

After World War II, Elmendorf earned his M.A. (1947) and Ph.D.(1951) at the University of North Carolina. He served as excutive director of the Mexican-American Cultural Institute from 1951 to 1953 and was Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Mexico City College before leaving in 1961 to become Vice President of Brown University, where Keeney was then President.

After leaving Brown in 1965, Elmendorf served as president of New College in Sarasota, Florida from 1965 to 1972 and as a consultant with the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C.

In 1937, Elmendorf married the former Mary Tillery Lindsay, an anthropologist who was also active in international welfare work. She started the CARE program in Mexico, created a work abroad program for Brown University students and was a consultant for Peace Corps programs in Latin America and the Leadership Institute at Pembroke and Wellesley.

Elmendorf passed away in 1980 at the age of sixty-four.

Access & Use

Access to the collection: There are no restrictions on access, except that the collection can only be seen by prior appointment. Some materials may be stored off-site and cannot be produced on the same day on which they are requested.
Use of the materials: All researchers seeking to publish materials from the collections of the John Hay Library are requested to complete a Notice of Intent to Publish, prior to reproducing, quoting, or otherwise publishing any portion or extract from this collection. Although Brown University has physical ownership of the collection and the materials contained therein, it may not claim literary rights. It is up to the researcher to determine the owners of the literary rights and to obtain any necessary permissions from them.
Preferred citation: John Elmendorf Papers, OF-1CA-E1, Brown University Archives.
Contact information: John Hay Library , Special Collections
Box A
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
Tel: 401-863-2146

Administrative Information

Author: Finding aid prepared by Brown University Library staff.
Encoding: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013 January 25
Descriptive rules: Finding aid based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Sponsor: Processing funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Additional Information


Series I. Brown files, 1961-1965

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Admission
Box 1, Folder 2 Advanced Research Project Agency
Box 1, Folder 3 Alumni College
Box 1, Folder 4 Alumni Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 5 Alumni Organizations
Box 1, Folder 6 Alumni Relations
Box 1, Folder 7 Bicentennial
Box 1, Folder 8 Bicentennial Medallion
Box 1, Folder 9 Brown Alumni Monthly
Box 2, Folder 10 Brown Club of Rhode Island
Box 2, Folder 11 Brown Clubs
Box 2, Folder 12 Brown Clubs
Box 2, Folder 13 Brown Clubs
Box 2, Folder 14 Brown Clubs
Box 2, Folder 15 Brown Clubs
Box 2, Folder 16 College-Community Research Program
Box 2, Folder 17 Computing Equipment
Box 2, Folder 18 Convocation Fellows
Box 2, Folder 19 Departments - Chemistry
Box 2, Folder 20 Departments - Engineering
Box 2, Folder 21 Departments - French
Box 2, Folder 22 Departments - Geology
Box 2, Folder 23 Departments - Music
Box 2, Folder 24 Departments - Physics
Box 3, Folder 25 Faculty Club
Box 3, Folder 26 Grants
Box 3, Folder 27 J. Walter Wilson Biology Lab
Box 3, Folder 28 Keeney Correspondence
Box 3, Folder 29 Mount Hope College (proposed)
Box 3, Folder 30 Peace Corps
Box 3, Folder 31 Pembroke Alumnae
Box 3, Folder 32 Ph.D. Study Committee
Box 3, Folder 33 Public Relations
Box 3, Folder 34 Religious Studies Department
Box 3, Folder 35 Secondary Schools Program
Box 3, Folder 36 University Editor's Office

Series II. Subject files, 1962-1966

Container Description Date
Box 4, Folder 1 African-American Institute
Box 4, Folder 2 Conference on Unemployment
Box 4, Folder 3 Government Relations
Box 4, Folder 4 Graduate School of Savings Banking
Box 4, Folder 5 Kansas Universities
Box 4, Folder 6 Local Organizations
Box 4, Folder 7 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Box 4, Folder 8 Rhode Island Fine Arts Council
Box 4, Folder 9 Soviet Visitors
Box 4, Folder 10 Time Reading Program

Series III. Latin American Studies Program, 1961-1965

Container Description Date
Box 5 Latin American Studies Files