Anna Chennault (1923-2018)
Anna Chennault was an author, lecturer, business consultant, citizen-diplomat, widow of General Claire Chennault, and active member of the Republican Party. In 1968, she played a part, though accounts differ as to the extent of it, in the October Surprise (the collapse of peace talks between North and South Vietnam, which was a major factor in the election of Richard Nixon to the United States presidency). In October of that year, Chennault was placed under FBI surveillance, due to Lyndon Johnson's suspicions of her activities; she was recorded speaking with the South Vietnamese embassy, encouraging the delay of the peace talks and stating that a Nixon presidency would benefit South Vietnam. The collection includes articles, essays, speeches, etc. regarding events in Asia, including the Vietnam War, democracy, and communism, and an annotated draft concerning her role in the 1968 October Surprise. Some materials have been digitized and are available through the finding aid.