MONDALE, Walter Frederick (1928-2021)
Senate Years of Service: 1964-1976

MONDALE, WALTER FREDERICK, A Senator from Minnesota and Vice President of the United States; born in Ceylon, Martin County, Minn., January 5, 1928; attended the Heron Lake and Elmore, Minn., public schools; attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951; served in the United States Army 1951-1953; graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School 1956; admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1956 and commenced practice in Minneapolis; appointed and elected attorney general of Minnesota in 1960 and reelected in 1962; member of the President's Consumer Advisory Council 1960-1964; appointed on December 30, 1964, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hubert H. Humphrey for the term ending January 3, 1967; elected in 1966 for the term commencing January 3, 1967; reelected in 1972 and served from December 30, 1964, until his resignation December 30, 1976; chairman, Select Committee on Equal Education Opportunity (Ninety-first and Ninety-second Congresses); elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with President Jimmy Carter on November 2, 1976; inaugurated January 20, 1977, and served until January 20, 1981; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for reelection; unsuccessful Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1984; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, 1993-1996; special envoy to Indonesia (1998); unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002; was a resident of Minneapolis, Minn., until his death on April 19, 2021.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 22 audiotapes (1968-1976) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Frederic Cole Smedley papers, 1956-1976.

Gerald R. Ford Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1974-1976. Correspondence and briefing papers. Finding aid.

Iowa State University Library
Department of Special Collections
Ames, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Karl A. Fox papers, 1946-1972.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Irving Brant papers, 1910-1977. Finding aid.

Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Papers: 1900-2008. 909 cubic feet. Senatorial, vice presidential, ambassadorial, political, campaign, and personal papers. Senatorial files include correspondence, meeting files, bills and committee files, issue files, press releases, speeches, and sampled constituent correspondence and constituent service records. Vice presidential materials include central office files, speech and trip files, files of key staff members, and audio-visual materials. There is a small group of declassified foreign policy files from the Jimmy Carter Library. Personal papers document his family, education, military service, and political activities. Campaign files include Minnesota attorney general, Senate (1966,1972), Vice President (1976, 1980) and president (1984). There are correspondence, briefing and meeting files, speeches, and audio-visual materials from his service as ambassador to Japan and special envoy to Indonesia.
Additional Papers: In Joan Mondale papers; Michael S. Berman files, 1976-1988; George Latimer papers, 1976-1989; Findlay Lewis papers relating to Walter Mondale; Minnesota Attorney General records including subject files (1955-1965), press releases (1960-1964), National Association of Attorneys General meetings file (1932-1963, (bulk 1960-1963)), Consumer Advisory Council records (1962-1964), and correspondence (1959-1965); and many other collections. Published speeches and books.

Moorhead State University
Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Moorhead, MN
Papers: 10 letters (1948-1973) in Harry Basford papers; and 10 letters (1959-1971) in William Dosland papers.

National Library of Medicine
Bethesda, MD
Oral History: An interview with Senator Mondale included in a series of interviews (1967-1975) conducted by Milton J.E. Senn on the child development movement. Information on restrictions available in the Library. Index.

Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: In Jimmy Carter presidential campaign, Ohio, records, 1974-1976.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: October 16, 1984. 2 videocassettes. Recording of a political rally at Stanford University.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In Burton Benjamin papers, 1957-1985.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Harold E. Hughes correspondence, 1962-1975.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Stella Brunt Osborn papers, 1916-1983; and Esquire Magazine records, 1933-1977. Finding aid.

University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center
St. Paul, MN
Papers: Correspondence in Minnesota Friends of Cyprus records, 1967-1981.

University of Minnesota
Law Library
Minneapolis, MN
Website entitled Walter F. Mondale: Spokesman for Reform and Justice in the U.S. Senate, provides access to the extensive body of information on Senator Mondale's work in shaping crucial legislation in the U. S. Senate including excerpts from his speeches and writings, followed by full text access to his work on the floor of the Senate. Each section concludes with a listing of hearings in which Senator Mondale took part and the prints and reports for the committees on which Mondale served.

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Oral History: January 2, 1978. 41-minute audiocassette of lecture on politics and government.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Max Lerner papers, 1927-1980.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Boise State University Library, Boise, ID; Cornell University Labor Management Documentation, Ithaca, NY; Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; and University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA.

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  • Lewis, Finlay. Mondale: Portrait of an American Politician. 1980. Rev. ed. New York: Perennial Library, 1984.
  • Mondale, Walter F. The Accountability of Power: Toward a Responsible Presidency. New York: D. McKay Co., 1975.
  • Mondale, Walter F. The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics. New York: Scribner, 2010.
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