Walter F. Mondale Collection

Walter Frederick (“Fritz”) Mondale, a native Minnesotan, has spent most of his life in public service, at the state, national, and international levels. A liberal Democrat and an influential strategist in Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), he has held the offices of Minnesota attorney general (1960-1964), United States Senator from Minnesota (1964-1976), Vice President of the United States (1977-1981), Democratic Party candidate for President (1984), and ambassador to Japan (1993-1996).

Learn more about Mondale: his life, family, and times

About the Walter Mondale papers project

In 2008, The Minnesota Historical Society was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to process and describe the Walter Mondale Papers and to develop a Mondale web page. The web page provides a fully articulated finding aid to the 1,500 cubic feet of Mondale Papers; it contextualizes Mondale's career in a number of brief essays; it provides easy access to thousands of digitized artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Mondale collection; and hosts an extensive interview with Mondale. Future content will include essays and podcasts featuring prominent Mondale scholars.

The extensive Mondale Papers document his entire career, from his terms as Minnesota's attorney general (1960-1964), through his senatorial career (1964-1976), his years as vice president (1977-1980), his 1984 presidential campaign, his brief ambassadorial career, and subsequent public service.

NEH has accorded this project the distinction of including it amongst its We the People projects, which support work that explores significant themes and events in the nation's history.

We the People - National Endowment for the Humanities

Collections at MNHS

The Walter F. Mondale Collection is a rich resources for students, scholars, and the interested public to learn more about the man, his work, and his times.