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Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers (179) Finding Aid
Item Number: 1790000000   (Click For More Item Information)
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Description (Excerpt from Douglas Pike's Introduction in The Bunker Papers): When President Lyndon Johnson, in the spring of 1967, asked Ellsworth Bunker to become his ambassador in Saigon, then the largest and in some ways most important American embassy in the world, Bunker stipulated as one of his conditions for acceptance that he always have direct access to the President. It was agreed this access would take the form, in part, of a weekly (later, monthly) 'back channel' cable from Bunker to the President. Such messages by-passed the standard distribution system within the U.S. government's communication network that included the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA (although these agencies and others did receive copies of the cable after the delivery to the President). The intent of the 'back channel' message was to assure a direct Bunker-to-President link that no one could short-stop. It was a singular arrangement in the intracommunication process within the U.S. government. Scope: (Excerpt from Douglas Pike's The Bunker Papers) In all there were ninety-six such messages from Bunker to the President, the first dated May 3, 1967, and the last May 5, 1973. Collectively, they form a historical documentation of extraordinary value. They are, by far, the most detailed chronological accounting of events, particularly within the South Vietnamese governmental and political scene, that we are likely to get. They cover the key years marked by the Buddhist demonstrations, the 'government by coup d'etat' period, the rise of the political fortunes of generals Nguyen Cao Ky and Nguyen Van Thieu, the 1968 Tet offensive, and the launching of the Paris talks. Box 1 of the collection contains copies of the originals numbered as they appear in the published account and in chronological order. Box 2 contains copy of the material as it became ready for publication. Box 2 also contains Pike's correspondence regarding the publication of the book. Note: (Excerpt from Douglas Pike's The Bunker Papers) In 1988, the University of California's Institute of East Asian Studies, under the Freedom of Information Act, obtained copies of the original telegrams. The Institute's Indochina Studies Project proposed publication as a contribution to the scholarship of America's involvement in the Vietnam War and as a lasting tribute to Ellsworth Bunker, one of the great and truly humane American ambassadors of this century. Subsequently, publication was made possible by a generous grant from The Asia Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco.

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Third Weekly Telegram (Typed Version of Original Telegram)
Item Number: 1790110002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 8]

Item Creation Date: 14 March 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Fourth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790110003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 22]

Item Creation Date: 20 March 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Fourth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790110004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 34]

Item Creation Date: 28 March 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Sixth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790111001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 31]

Item Creation Date: 04 April 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Seventh Weekly Telegram (Typed Version of Original Telegram)
Item Number: 1790111002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 10]

Item Creation Date: 19 April 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Eight Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790111003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 13]

Item Creation Date: 25 April 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Forty Ninth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790112001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 25]

Item Creation Date: 02 May 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fiftieth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790112002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 9]

Item Creation Date: 09 May 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty First Weekly Telegram (Typed Version of Original Telegram)
Item Number: 1790112003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 6]

Item Creation Date: 16 May 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Second Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790112004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 14]

Item Creation Date: 23 May 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Third Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790112005   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 11]

Item Creation Date: 29 May 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Fourth Weekly Telegram
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[Number of Pages: 25]

Item Creation Date: 08 June 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Fifth Weekly Telegram
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[Number of Pages: 27]

Item Creation Date: 13 June 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Sixth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790113003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 26]

Item Creation Date: 20 June 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Seventh Weekly Telegram
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[Number of Pages: 31]

Item Creation Date: 27 June 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Eighth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790114001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 25]

Item Creation Date: 04 July 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Fifty Ninth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790114002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 17]

Item Creation Date: 11 July 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Sixtieth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790114003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 3]

Item Creation Date: 26 July 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Sixtieth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790115001   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 27]

Item Creation Date: 01 August 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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The Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225014   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 17 March 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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The Asia Foundation
Item Number: 1790225015   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225016   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Letter To Professor Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225017   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 07 October 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter regarding Ellsworth Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225018   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 11 June 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter To Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225019   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 11 May 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter To Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225020   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Memo from the Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies to Joyce K. Kallgren - re: production cost of The Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225021   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 07 May 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For Use in Letter To John Bunker
Item Number: 1790225022   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Letter To John B. Bunker
Item Number: 1790225023   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 10 June 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Memorandum - The Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225024   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Letter To Frank Machak, Information and Privacy Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
Item Number: 1790225025   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 21 April 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225026   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 10 June 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter From Douglas Pike - Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225027   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 30 April 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter Dr. Leo E.Rose, Department of Political Science, University of California
Item Number: 1790225028   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 04 March 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter To Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225029   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 20 March 1986

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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The Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225030   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

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Letter From Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225031   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 26 May 1987

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Sixty Sixth Weekly Telegram (Typed Version of Original Telegram)
Item Number: 1790116002   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 8]

Item Creation Date: 12 September 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Sixty Seventh Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790116003   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 29]

Item Creation Date: 19 September 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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For The President From Ambassador Bunker - Sixty Eighth Weekly Telegram
Item Number: 1790116004   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 27]

Item Creation Date: 26 September 1968

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter From Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225042   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 26 July 1988

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter To Allen Choate, Executive Director, The Asia Foundation
Item Number: 1790225043   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 16 December 1988

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter To Allen Choate
Item Number: 1790225044   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 19 September 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter Confirming The Grant for the Editing and Publication
Item Number: 1790225045   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 2]

Item Creation Date: 26 September 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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The Bunker Papers
Item Number: 1790225046   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 13 October 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Letter to Douglas Pike
Item Number: 1790225047   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 12 October 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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University of California Purchase Order
Item Number: 1790225048   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 30 October 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Bunker Papers Report
Item Number: 1790225049   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: September 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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Word Processing Cost
Item Number: 1790225050   (Click For More Item Information)
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[Number of Pages: 1]

Item Creation Date: 25 January 1989

Collection: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Ellsworth Bunker Papers

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