Collection Summary

Creator: Frank Gardiner Wisner
Title: Frank Gardiner Wisner Law School Memorabilia
Accession: MSS 2014-02
Location: SC - Basement
Photograph Collection: View 0 digitized photographs
Digitized Content: 0 objects
Use Restrictions: No restrictions

Collection Description & Arrangement

This collection of four letters (1933-1934) sent to Mr. Wisner by Assistant Dean of the Department of Law George B. Eager Jr. and by Armistead M. Dobie, Dean of the Department of Law of the University of Virginia and a 1931 oversized photo of UVA Varsity Track team, was donated to Special Collections, April 16, 2014. 

Biographical & Historical Information

Frank Gardiner Wisner (June 23, 1909 – October 29, 1965) was born in Laurel, Mississipi June 23, 1909.  He studied at the University of Virginia where he received his B.A. degree in 1931 and LL.B. degree in 1933. After Law School he worked in Wall Street.  In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Navy and later he became head of OSS operations in southeastern Europe.  In 1946 he returned to practice law at the New York firm of Carter Ledyard. He began working for the State Department’s Office of Occupied Territories in 1947.  In 1948 Mr. Wisner was already working as the head for the new covert action division of the CIA. In 1952 he became head of the Directorate of Plans at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Wisner died October 29, 1965.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 2014
Donor Information John Ellis Knowles Wisner, Frank George Wisner, Elizabeth Wisner Hazard, Graham Gardiner Wisner

Content List


  • University of Virginia Department of Law announcement of the Samuel Baker Woods, Jr. Memorial Award for the session of 1933-34 to Frank Gardiner Wisner, June 29, 1933


  • Geo B. Eager Jr. to Frank Gardiner Wisner, June 29, 1933 – Congratulatory letter for receiving unanimous vote of the Law Faculty to be the recipient of the Samuel Baker Woods Jr. Memorial Award.


  • Office of the Dean Announcement conferring the Samuel Baker Woods, Jr. Award to Mr. Wisner.


  • Letter from Dean of Department of Law Armistead M. Dobie, January 3, 1934 certifying that Frank Gardiner Wisner was an applicant for the degree of bachelor of laws in June 1934.


  • Oversized photograph of 1931 University of Virginia Track Team, Gitchell photographer.  [Front row: 3rd from left Lamont Bryan; center with pale stripe Frank Gardiner Wisner; 3rd from right [?]Herbert Bryant]
  • Frank Gardiner Wisner's Southern District of New York Certificate to practice law, March 28, 1941



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