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Walter Mondale Collection M/A 1994.35.01

Walter Mondale Collection M/A 1994.35.01

Creator:Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
Title: Walter Mondale Collection
Quantity: 3.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Walter Frederick ("Fritz") Mondale was born on January 5, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota. Mondale graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and briefly served in the US Army during the Korean War before returning to Minnesota and graduating from University of Minnesota's law school in 1956.

In 1960 Mondale was appointed as Minnesota's Attorney General by Governor Orville Freeman. Despite his relatively short career in law, Mondale had been politically active with Minnesota's Demoractic-Farmer-Labor party and had helped with Freeman's 1960 campaign for governor. He was re-elected Attorney General in 1962.

In 1964 Mondale was again appointed to higher office, being named by Governor Karl Rolvaag as Minnesota's junior senator (replacing Hubert H. Humphrey who had been elected as vice-president that year). Mondale served the remainder of Humphrey's term and was re-elected twice in 1966 and 1972, serving on a variety of different committees and task forces during his time.

In 1972 he was offered a spot on George McGovern's presidential ticket as his vice-president, however Mondale declined. In 1976 Mondale was again approached as a potential vice presidential canddiate, this time by Jimmy Carter. This time Mondale accepted and Carter went on to defeat Gerald Ford in the 1976 election. Mondale was a more active vice president than his predecessors, traveling extensively within the US as well as abroad to build support for Carter's policies.

Carter and Mondale were re-nominated for the 1980 election, however they were roundly defeated by Ronald Reagan. Mondale briefly returned to a law career before running again as the Democratic nominee for president in 1984. After winning the nomination Mondale named Geraldine Ferraro his vice-presidential running mate, the first woman to run for that office with a major political party. Mondale ran on a strongly liberal platform, speaking out against nuclear weapons and Reagan's economic policies and supporting the Equal Rights Amendment and women's rights. Mondale went on to lose the 1984 election to Ronald Reagan in one of the most lop-sided electoral defeats in US history.

Mondale returned to a career in law but was appointed to a number of government panels and committees during the 1980s and 1990s. During the Clinton administration Mondale served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996, as the chair of a campaign finance reform group, and briefly served as a special envoy to Indonesia. Mondale also taught at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and remained active on a number of prominent corporate and non-profit boards of directors.

In 2002 Mondale was tapped to replace the late Paul Wellstone who was killed in an plane crash just 11 days before that year's senate election. Mondale lost narrowly to Republican Norm Coleman.

Mondale lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Joan Mondale, and remains active with the state and national Democratic parties as well as the University of Minnesota and various local causes.

Collection Description

The Walter Mondale Collection consists of 3 boxes largely containing newspaper and magazine clippings concerning Mondale and his time in various political offices.

Box 1 consists of 10 folders of newspaper and magazine clippings on Mondale and his family from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Box 2 consists of 20 folders of newspaper clippings covering from his 1960 appointment as Minnesota's Attorney General through mid-1983.

Box 3 consists of 8 folders of newspaper clippings covering from mid-1983 through 1999.

Subject Headings


Legislators--United States.
Political campaigns.
Politicians -- Minnesota.
Presidential candidate--United States.
Vice-Presidents--United States.

Table of Contents

Biographies 1980s-1990s -- Box 1, Folder 1
Scope and Contents note
Contains several brief biographies of Mondale as well as one biography of his wife Joan.
Magazine Clippings 1980-1990s -- Box 1, Folder 2
Joan Mondale Magazine Clippings 1973-1989 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Miscellaneous Publications 1971-1997 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Newsletters 1966-1969 -- Box 1, Folder 5
Newsletters 1970-1976 -- Box 1, Folder 6
Newspaper Index: 1960-1983 n.d. -- Box 1, Folder 7
Scope and Contents note
An index of newspaper articles on Mondale, largely focusing on Minneapolis-St. Paul area newspapers, covering from 1960 to mid-1983.
Joan Mondale Clippings 1990s-2000 -- Box 1, Folder 8
Clippings 1993 -- Box 1, Folder 9
Scope and Contents note
Clippings specifically concerning Mondale's 1993 appointment as Ambassador to Japan.
Clippings 1960-1963 -- Box 2, Folder 1
Clippings 1964 -- Box 2, Folder 2
Clippings 1965-1966 -- Box 2, Folder 3
Clippings 1967 -- Box 2, Folder 4
Clippings 1968 -- Box 2, Folder 5
Clippings 1969 -- Box 2, Folder 6
Clippings 1970 -- Box 2, Folder 7
Clippings 1971 -- Box 2, Folder 8
Clippings 1972 -- Box 2, Folder 9
Clippings 1973 -- Box 2, Folder 10
Clippings 1974 -- Box 2, Folder 11
Clippings 1975 -- Box 2, Folder 12
Clippings 1976 -- Box 2, Folder 13
Clippings 1977 -- Box 2, Folder 14
Clippings 1978-1979 -- Box 2, Folder 15
Clippings 1980 -- Box 2, Folder 16
Clippings 1981 -- Box 2, Folder 17
Clippings 1982 -- Box 2, Folder 18
Clippings Jan-Feb 1983 -- Box 2, Folder 19
Clippings Mar-Jun 1983 -- Box 2, Folder 20
Clippings Jul-Dec 1983 -- Box 3, Folder 1
Clippings Jan-Jun 1984 -- Box 3, Folder 2
Clippings Jun-Oct 1984 -- Box 3, Folder 3
Clippings Nov 1984 -- Box 3, Folder 4
Clippings Nov-Dec 1984 -- Box 3, Folder 5
Clippings 1985 -- Box 3, Folder 6
Clippings 1986-1992 -- Box 3, Folder 7
Clippings 1993-2001 -- Box 3, Folder 8

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