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MSS 2014-02

Frank Gardiner Wisner Law School Memorabilia


Six items of Law School memorabilia, 1933-1941.

1931-1941 [Inclusive]
6 items

Scope & Contents

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.

Collection Description

    Biographical / Historical

    Frank Gardiner Wisner (June 23, 1909 – October 29, 1965) was born in Laurel, Mississipi, 23 June 1909. He studied at the University of Virginia where he received his B.A. in 1931, and LL.B. in 1933. After law school, he worked on Wall Street. In 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy and later 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. By 1948, Mr. Wisner was 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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Wisner siblings: John Ellis Knowles Wisner, Frank George Wisner, Elizabeth Wisner Hazard, Graham Gardiner Wisner donated this collection in April of 2014.

itemUniversity 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 , 1933-06-29MSS 2014-02
itemGeo 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, 1933-06-29MSS 2014-02
itemOffice of the Dean Announcement conferring the Samuel Baker Woods, Jr. Award to Mr. WisnerMSS 2014-02
itemLetter 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 , 1934-06MSS 2014-02
itemOversized 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], 1931MSS 2014-02
itemFrank Gardiner Wisner's Southern District of New York Certificate to practice law, March 28, 1941, 1941-03-28MSS 2014-02