Office of the President of New College: John van G. Elmendorf Papers, 1965-1972, 1916-1980
- 4.50 Linear Feet
- Preferred citation:
- Office of the President, John Elmendorf Papers, New College of Florida Archives, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open to all researchers. Box 1, folder 13 and Box 5, folder 13 of the Correspondence series contains 'sensitive materials' which are restricted from access.
Before photographing or publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the New College Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not New College of Florida.
- Scope and Content:
The John Elmendorf Papers contain the records of John van Gaasbeek Elmendorf from 1916 to 1980 in the form of correspondence, literary productions, printed materials, financial documents and photographic material.
- Biographical / Historical:
John van Gaasbeek Elmendorf, 1916-1980, served as President of New College of Florida from 1965 to 1972 during the formative years in the history of the new and experimental College. John Elmendorf was responsible for the overall development of facilities, program and faculty. Under his presidency the College grew from 100 students to approximately 500 students. Accreditation was obtained in just over three years after the College was opened and national recognition of the quality and imaginative characteristics of the New College program has been wide-spread.
John Elmendorf graduated from New Haven High School in 1932; received a diploma from the Choate School in 1933, a B. A. in 1937, an M.A. in 1947 and a Ph.D. in 1951 from the University of North Carolina. He was an educator, whose career embraced nearly every aspect of teaching and academic administration experience ranging from high school to graduate school with intellectual interests in languages and linguistics. His experience in international educational administration included positions as Executive Director of the Mexican-American Cultural Institute from 1950 to 1952; Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Mexico City College from 1952 to 1954; Dean of Faculty and Vice President, Mexico City College from 1955 to 1961 and Vice President of Brown University from 1961 to 1965.
He was a member of the Executive Board of the Anglo-American Committee for the United Nations and was a member of the Board of the Directors of the American School Foundation for six years.
During his service in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence branch during World War II, he served as a member of the 35th Infantry Division from 1944 to 1945 and received the Bronze Star Medal. In 1946, he was Deputy Commissioner for Europe for the American Friends Service Committee with headquarters in Paris.
He was married to the former Mary Tillery Lindsay (b. 1917), who was active in international welfare work; 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.
The Elmendorfs had two children, Calvin Lindsay (b. 1947) and Susan Johnson (b. 1949).
Note written by Gail Donovan
- Acquisition information:
Mary Lindsay Elmendorf
- Processing information:
The John Elmendorf Papers have been processed and arranged to the folder level.
- Military Intelligence Service
- Elmendorf, John van G.
Elmendorf, John van Gaasbeek
Mexico City college
Escuela Universitarias de Bellas Artes
Mexican American Institute
Mexico Cultural Institute
Academy for Educational Development
Institute for Shipboard Education