Guide to the William C. Mullendore Papers
1930-1968

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Creator: Mullendore, William Clinton, 1892-
Title: William C. Mullendore papers
Dates: 1930-1968 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7.5 linear feet (5 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 125
Summary: William C. Mullendore was president, board chairman of Southern California Edison Company and active in conservative movements, especially the Foundation for Economic Education. Collection consists largely of correspondence, but also includes his "State of the Nation" subject file, addresses, articles, and records of Southern California Edison.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

William Clinton Mullendore was born in Howard, Kansas, May 18, 1892. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1914, and completed a Doctor of Law there in 1916. He was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1916 and began general law practice in Winfield, Kansas 1916-1917.

During World War I, Mullendore served as a flying cadet in 1918 under the administration of Woodrow Wilson. In 1920 he spent time in London and Berlin as a special representative of the American Relief Administration. He was recalled to the United States by Herbert Hoover where, as a principal member of the U.S. Food Administration, he coordinated the purchasing and distribution of over $5 billion (nearly 34 metric tons) of American-produced food to western and eastern European allies, and to Russia. Mullendore wrote the official history and detailed the intricate documentation of this reconstructive period in a book, The History of the U.S. Food Administration, published in 1921.

In 1921 he also returned to his law practice in Winfield, Kansas, marrying Esther Andrews in 1922. He was asked to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce to Herbert Hoover in Washington, D.C., 1922-1923. Between 1923 and 1928 Mullendore established a general law practice in Los Angeles, California. He became special counsel to Southern California Edison Company in 1925 and served as the company's general attorney in 1929. He continued to move up in the company, serving as vice-president in 1930, executive vice-president 1931-1945, president 1945-1954, and chairman of the board, 1954-1959.

Throughout his years with Southern California Edison, Mullendore was quite active in a number of other clubs and organizations. He held positions as director of the California Bar Association, trustee of Scripps College, director of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The idea for a Western States Chamber of Commerce Conference emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Convening in Stanford, California, delegates resolved to create a united front among business leadership, and formed the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in 1946. In order to broaden their base of financial support and publicize concrete goals, the FEE published Notes. from the FEE, a newsletter, and distributed pamphlets. Prominent businessmen such as Henry Ford II, Charles Kettering, R. R. Williams, and William Scripps were contacted as supporters. Mullendore was elected a trustee of the Foundation, and during the succeeding decade corresponded at length with its members, notably Leonard Read, Chairman.

In ensuing years Mullendore was consulted about a variety of business matters other than those dealing directly with the FEE. These included the advisability of beginning a new conservative publishing house and the distribution of various other foundation funds. Mullendore was asked to review manuscripts, textbooks, and to critique speeches, which he did in exacting detail. In the 1950's and 1960's Mullendore accepted numerous speaking engagements to espouse his interests in establishing a national fiscal policy to curb inflation, strengthening free choice, and reducing government control. Further biographical information is not available.

Content Description

The Mullendore Papers consist largely of nearly 2,000 letters covering the years 1945-1968. Lengthy dialogues are maintained with conservative theoreticians, economists, authors, publishers, and political leaders, including Lawrence Lockley, William F. Buckley Jr., James W. Clise, Ayn Rand, James Gipson, and Leonard Read. Other notable correspondents include V. Orval Watts, E. F. Hutton, William Coberly, W. A. Patton, Gerald Heard, Henry Regnery, and Whittaker Chambers. Organizations and committees are also included, notably the Foundation for Economic Education.

Also included is a "State of the Nation" file, so named by Mullendore, containing memoranda, speeches, letters, and publications relating to cardinal keynote issues such as postwar planning, inflation, and notes from conferences he attended. Addresses and articles in manuscript and printed form comprise the next series, and cover the period 1930-1960. Written reactions to specific speeches form a separate file. Memoranda and papers relating to Southern California Edison, dividend bulletins, and open letters to stockholders, complete the collection.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or from collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], William C. Mullendore Papers, Coll 125, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Correspondence
  • Series II. State of the Nation file
  • Series III. Manuscripts, publications, and associated material

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1945-1968
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 A
1 2 Albright, Penrose S.
1 3 American Assembly
1 4 American Management Association
1 5 B
1 6 Bell, N. Eric
1 7 Bernard, Robert J.
1 8 Buckley, William F., Jr.
1 9 C
1 10 Call, Asa V.
1 11 Clise, James W.
1 12 Collinson, Grover
1 13 Committee to Proclaim Liberty
1 14 Crane, Jasper E.
1 15 D
1 16 Dehmlow, Louise
1 17 Doherty, Frank P.
1 18 Douglas, Lewis W.
1 19 E
1 20 F
1 21 Fifield, James W., Jr.
1 22 Foundation for Economic Education
1 23 Leonard Read correspondence
1 24 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. – Leonard E. Read 1949
1 25 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. – Leonard E. Read 1950-1951
1 26 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1952
1 27 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1953
1 28 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1954
1 29 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1955
1 30 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1956
1 31 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1957
1 32 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1958-1959
1 33 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1960-1961
1 34 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1962-1963
1 35 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1964-1965
2 1 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1966-1967
2 2 Foundation for Economic Education, Inc. (Personal File) 1968-1969
2 3 G
2 4 Gipson, J.H.
2 5 H
2 6 Hutchinson, B.E.
2 7 I-J
2 8 Jones, Mark M.
2 9 K
2 10 Kellems, Vivien
2 11 Kirk, Russell
2 12 L
2 13 Lane, Rose Wilder
2 14 Linen, James
2 15 Lockley, Lawrence
2 16 Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
2 17 Los Angeles Realty Board Award
2 18 M
2 19 McLaughlin, Frank
2 20 Mayo, Geoffrey
2 21 Miles, Stephen B., Jr.
2 22 Modern Age
2 23 N-O
2 24 North American Aviation, Inc.
2 25 P
2 26 Quinn, James J.
2 27 R
2 28 Rand, Ayn
2 29 Read, Leonard 1934-38 1934-1938
2 30 Read, Leonard 1946 1946
2 31 Regnery, Henry
3 1 S
3 2 Southern California Financial Writers Association Award 1952
3 3 T-V
3 4 W
3 5 Wall Street journal
3 6 Watts, V. Orval
3 7 Weaver, Richard M.
3 8 Wright, W. Clarence
3 9 Z

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State of the Nation file
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 10 Post War Planning 1940-1944
3 11 Conference on Economics of Mobilization
3 12 Inflation 1951
3 13 Inflation, Philip Cortney 1951
3 14 U.S. Department of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 1951
3 15 White House Executive Conference 1951
3 16 Fiscal Policy Politics 1952
3 17 Incl. Lawrence Dennis letters 1953
3 18 Lefeve, Manion, Walker 1954
3 19 1955 1955
3 20 1956 1956
3 21 1957 1957
3 22 1958 1958
3 23 2 newsletters 1959

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Manuscripts, publications, and associated material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Speeches 1930-1936
4 2 Speeches 1937-1943
4 3 Speeches 1944-1949
4 4 Speeches 1950-1953
4 5 Speeches 1954-1965
4 6 Addresses and Articles – Correspondence Re WCM’s Talk Before Phoenix C of C 1946
4 7 Addresses and Articles – Caltech Forum on National Income July 11, 1949
4 8 Addresses and Articles – Correspondence 1950 1950
4 9 Addresses and Articles – Correspondence and Misc. 1951 1951
4 10 Addresses and Articles – Correspondence 1952-1953 1952-1953
4 11 Addresses and Articles – Correspondence 1954-1955 1954-1955
4 12 Correspondence Re Addresses and Articles (Personal) 1956 1956
4 13 Correspondence Re Addresses and Articles (Personal) 1957 1957
4 14 Correspondence Re Addresses and Articles (Personal) 1958 1958
4 15 Addresses and Articles “Responsibilities of the Leader” Santa Ana C of C January 16, 1959
4 16 Addresses and Articles “Education & Community Life” La Verne College March 6, 1959
4 17 Addresses and Articles “Our Tragic State of Confusion—A Diagnosis”, “Modern Age” Article 1959-1960
4 18 5 Addresses and Articles WCM Address Before Young Presidents’ Organization November 14, 1959
4 19 Addresses and Articles Before Pro-America, Pomona, Calif January 15, 1960
4 20 Addresses and Articles Before United Presbyterian Men, Western Area Mtg February 20, 1960
4 21 Addresses and Articles At Lunch In Honor of Frank McLaughlin May 12, 1960
4 22 Addresses and Articles Before Edison Masonic Dinner November 19, 1960
4 23 Addresses & Articles Notes for Manion Forum Radio Talk – Feb., 1961 (Not given) February 1961
4 24 Addresses and Articles “The Welfare State” – 1st Baptist Church of Pas. February 25, 1962
4 25 Addresses and Articles “Buried Alive” – Sunset Club Address February 28, 1962
4 26 Addresses and Articles Electrical West Article—75th Anniversary Issue (Not Published) 1962 1962
4 27 Addresses and Articles Men’s Council Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Del. October 28, 1963
4 28 Addresses and Articles Metro L.A. History Project—Importance of Electricity (Bowron)
4 29 Addresses and Articles “A Tribute to Herbert Hoover” – Lincoln Club February 11, 1965
4 30 Addresses and Articles “Personal Recollections of The Chief” – A.R.A. Review 1965 1965
4 31 Addresses and Articles Remarks at Final A.R.A. Meeting April 25, 1965
4 32 Southern California Edison Dividend Bulletins 1945-1954
4 33 Memoranda to Southern California Co. Executives 1960-1964
4 34 Message to Stockholders, 1st Quarter 1949
4 34 Message to Stockholders, 3rd Quarter 1949
5 1 Material for Speeches, etc. 1927-1934
5 2 Material for Speeches, etc. 1935-1936
5 3 Material for Speeches, etc. 1942-1944
5 4 Material for Speeches, etc. 1945-1947
5 5 Material for Speeches, etc. 1948-1949
5 6 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1950
5 7 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1951
5 8 Material for Speeches, etc. 1952-1953
5 9 Material for Speeches, etc. 1954-1955
5 10 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1956
5 11 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1957
5 12 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1958
5 13 Reference Material for Addresses and Articles 1959
5 14 Material for Speeches, etc. 1960-1961
5 15 Material for Speeches, etc. 1962-1963
5 16 Material for Speeches, etc. 1964-1969

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Buckley, William F. (William Frank), 1925-
  • Clise, James William, 1900-1961
  • Coberly, William
  • Gipson, James H.
  • Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971
  • Lockley, Lawrence Campbell, 1899-
  • Mullendore, William Clinton, 1892---Correspondence
  • Paton, William Andrew, 1889-
  • Rand, Ayn
  • Read, Leonard Edward, 1898-
  • Regnery, Henry, 1912-
  • Watts, Vervon Orval, 1898-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Foundation for Economic Education, inc.
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Subject Terms :
  • Conservatism--United States
  • Conservatives--United States--Correspondence
  • Inflation (Finance)
  • Monetary policy

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