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Ralph F. Turner Papers (UA 17.149) Finding Aid

Item Number: UA171490000000

Scope and Contents

Materials in this series reflect Turner's involvement in the MSU Advisory Group (MSUG) in Vietnam. Turner's collection of papers on this project reflect largely the formal workings of the MSUG, and consequently consist largely of reports, publications, articles, briefing information, case studies, meeting minutes, notes, drafts of formal materials, and some correspondence. It is suggested that the researcher consult the series of correspondence for the time period Turner spent in Vietnam as Chief Police Advisor to the Police and Security Service of South Vietnam as part of the MSUG. Please also refer to collection UA (Vietnam Project) and UA 17.95 (Wesley R. Fishel Papers) for a more detailed record of MSU's involvement in Vietnam. This project was established under contract through the Vietnamese Government and the U.S. Operations Mission. Arranged largely alphabetically.


  • 14 January 2016

Biographical / Historical

Ralph F. Turner served the Michigan State University community as a Professor of Criminalistics in the School of Police Administration and Public Safety (now the School of Criminal Justice) from 1947 until retiring in 1981.

Turner was born on October 18, 1917 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Amanda Schmidt Turner and Ralph W. Turner. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin 1939 and an M.S. in Police Administration from the University of Southern California. Turner received additional education at Boston University Medical School and the Yale Center for Alcohol Studies.

On June 21, 1941, Ralph F. Turner married Arnella Klug (b. May 22, 1917). Arnella received her B.A. from Milwaukee-Downer College in 1938, and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1939. From 1939 to 1941 she was a high school teacher in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and from 1953-1962 she substituted in a wide variety of disciplines and taught English classes one full year at Ok
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Pub Credit Line
UA171490000000, Ralph F. Turner Papers, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 14 Jan 2016 [Updated: 14 Jan 2016]