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Frank M. Brandstetter Papers, 1941-1991 | Manuscripts

Collection Overview

Title: Frank M. Brandstetter Papers, 1941-1991Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1941-1979
ID: 01/AR034
Primary Creator: Brandstetter, Frank M. (1912-2011)
Extent: 145.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 08/19/1998. More info below under Accruals.

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Abstract

Collection of materials relating to Frank M. Brandstetter, including documents from his military career and from his time as a hotelier.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Orders, printed material, literary productions, maps, and photographic material relating to Colonel Frank M. Brandstetter's activities as an officer in the United States Army during World War II in Europe with the Field Interrogation Department (1943- 1944) and with General Matthew B. Ridgway's staff (1944-1945). Also included are Brandstetter's correspondence, financial documents, printed material, literary productions, scrapbooks, and photographs relating to his activities as President of Continental Restaurants Corporation (1951-1955) and as a hotel manager/executive at the Sans Souci Hotel in Jamaica (1955-1957), the Havana Hilton (1958-1959), the Las Brisas Hilton and the Acapulco Hilton (1959-1963), and the Las Brisas Hotel (1964-1976). Brandstetter's activities as general manager of Seagrams de Mexico (1976-1977) and director of Diplomatic and International Account Sales with Seagrams Overseas Sales Company (1978-1979) are detailed in printed material, literary productions, scrapbooks, and photographic material. Also included are scrapbooks, maps, and photographs of Brandstetter's travels in Africa, Europe, Mexico, China, and Russia (1960s-1990s).

Collection Historical Note

Colonel Frank Maryan "Brandy" Brandstetter (U.S. Army Ret.) was born into Austrian-Hungarian nobility on March 26, 1912, and immigrated to the United States as a penniless teenager. Volunteering for World War II service with the U.S. Army, his background, knowledge of customs, traditions and fluency with Hungarian, Romanian, Austrian, Czech and German languages made him a perfect choice for an intelligence career. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School, he was trained by British military intelligence before he parachuted with the 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment on D-Day and led his IPW (Interrogation of Prisoners of War) team into World War II. He served as General Matthew B. Ridgway's trusted aide with the XVIII Airborne Corps until the end of the war, then, with General Ridgway in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, and finally with the original, five-nation United Nations Organization. His awards include the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

Brandy continued for 40 years in uniform as a U.S. Army Reservist frequently providing assistance to the Office of the Army Chief of Staff for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the FBI, and the CIA. Subsequently, Brandstetter unofficially provided reconnaissance services to the United States, primarily at his own expense, to China, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Yugoslavia, and many other hot spots at times when security threats were emerging.

As a civilian, Brandy developed real estate and excelled as a hotelier. He was the founder and operator of the Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco, a favorite destination during Acapulco's heyday. He received many awards for his active service in building community and bringing people out of poverty. This work led him to projects that educated and employed many and launched productive careers that otherwise never would have been. After learning of Brandy's influence that helped thwart a rebellion in 1981, King Juan Carlos of Spain sent a small contingent to Acapulco in 2003 to express thanks by giving Brandy an honorary membership in the Corporation Euro Americana De Securidad. His service to the world was surpassed by the quality and depth of his loyalty and his friendship.

Colonel Brandstetter resided in the United States, Jamaica, Cuba, and finally in Mexico where he made his home on the hillside above Acapulco Bay and below the tall landmark cross and Catholic Chapel of Peace, both of which he was instrumental in building.

Source: Frank M. Brandstetter Obituary, The New York Times, September 14 - September 15, 2011 (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=153634344), accessed October 29, 2012.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 98-008,1997-024, 97-009, 1997-025, 2004-002
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted. See Use/Rights restrictions stipulated by donor.
Use Restrictions: No portion of the contents of the Frank M. Brandstetter Archives, housed in the University of North Texas Archives, A.M. Willis, Jr. Library, University of North Texas, may be reproduced, distributed, adapted, performed, displayed, published, cited or otherwise used or exploited in any form, except as classroom presentations by students or professors, without the prior written permission of the donor, Resource Alternatives, Inc., a District of Columbia corporation. In accordance with the donor agreement, any user of this collection must sign a document agreeing to these stipulations.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Monetta, Dominic J.
Acquisition Method: Gift
Preferred Citation: Frank M. Brandstetter Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the UNT Archives for more information.
Finding Aid Revision History: Rachel Motes processed an accretion of one new box [Box 157] to this collection on 7/18/2017.

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Series 3: Military Service-United States ArmyAdd to your cart.
 
Box 88Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2170
Folder 1: Records Books:  Book #33A, 1941 - 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Records Books:  Book #33A, 1946-01 - 1946-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Records Books:  Book #33A, 1946-07 - 1947-04Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Records Books:  Book #33B, 1947 - 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Records Books:  Book #33B, 1949 - 1953Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Records Books:  Book #33B, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Records Books:  Book #33C, 1955 - 1960Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Records Books:  Book #33D, Reserve Orders, 1961 - 1964Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Records Books:  Book #33D, Reserve Orders, 1965 - 1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Records Books:  Book #33E, Points, 1959 - 1966Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Records Books:  Book #33E, Points, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Records Books:  Book #33E, Points, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Records Books:  Book #33E, Points, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Records Books:  Book #33E, Points, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Records Books:  Records, Correspondence, 1972 - 1979Add to your cart.
 
Box 89Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2185
Folder 1: World War II:  Recommendations, 1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II:  Camp Polk, Louisiana-Photographs, 1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II:  Camp Polk, Louisiana-Photographs, 1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II:  Camp Polk, Louisiana-Photographs, 1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: World War II:  Camp Polk, Louisiana-Photographs, 1941Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: World War II:  Camp Hood, Texas, 1942Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: World War II:  Devizes Plot, England, 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: World War II:  Devizes Plot, England, 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: World War II:  Documents, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: World War II:  Field Interrogation Detachment Reports, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: World War II:  Maps-Europe, Southern France, Holland, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: World War II:  Maps-Europe, Southern France, Holland, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: World War II:  Maps-Europe, Southern France, Holland, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: World War II:  Maps-Europe, Southern France, Holland, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: World War II:  Ardennes/Battle of the Bulge, Airborne Division Report, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: World War II:  Ardennes/Battle of the Bulge, Interrogation Reports, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: World War II:  Ardennes/Battle of the Bulge, Maps, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: World War II:  Ardennes/Battle of the Bulge, Publications and Notes, 1944 - 1945Add to your cart.
 
Box 90Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2181
Folder 1: World War II:  Documents, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II:  Documents, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II:  Rhine Crossing, Map, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II:  Ruhr Operation, Documents, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: World War II:  Ruhr Operation, Notes and Maps, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: World War II:  Ruhr Operation, Publications, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: World War II:  Wesel/Elbe, Notes and Maps, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: World War II:  Wesel/Elbe, Notes and Maps, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: World War II:  Wesel/Elbe, Notes and Publications, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: World War II:  Hagenow/Wobbelin Camp, Notes and Publications, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: World War II:  Intelligence Report, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: World War II:  First U.S. Army, Poster, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Box 91Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2150
Folder 1: World War II:  Relief Map DocumentAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II:  Relief Maps, Western EuropeAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II:  Relief Maps, Norway, Sweden, DenmarkAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II:  Relief Maps, Norway, Sweden, DenmarkAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: World War II:  Relief Maps, Balkan AreaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: World War II:  Relief Maps, Aegean Sea AreaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: World War II:  Relief Maps, Turkey, Bulgarian, Rumania, GreeceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: World War II:  Relief Maps, Greece and AlbaniaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: World War II:  Relief Maps, Greece and CreteAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: World War II:  Relief Maps, TunisAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: World War II:  Relief Maps, Trieste RegionAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: World War II:  Relief Maps, Northern ItalyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: World War II:  Relief Maps, Northern ItalyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 14: World War II:  Relief Maps, Northern ItalyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 15: World War II:  Relief Maps, Central ItalyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 16: World War II:  Relief Maps, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, SicilyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 17: World War II:  Relief Maps, DenmarkAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 18: World War II:  Relief Maps, DenmarkAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 19: World War II:  Relief Maps, Holland, Belgium, Northern FranceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 20: World War II:  Relief Maps, Holland, Belgium, Northern FranceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 21: World War II:  Relief Maps, France, SwitzerlandAdd to your cart.
 
Box 92Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2173
Folder 1: World War II:  Relief Maps, Holland and BelgiumAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II:  Relief Map DocumentAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II:  Relief Maps, Southeast AsiaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II:  Relief Maps, Burma-SiamAdd to your cart.
 
Box 93Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2163
Folder 1: World War II Photographs:  Frank M. BrandstetterAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II Photographs:  German Howitzer and Mortar Unit, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II Photographs:  Elbe/Ludwigslust, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II Photographs:  EnglandAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: World War II Photographs:  North AfricaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 6: World War II Photographs:  SicilyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: World War II Photographs:  FranceAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: World War II Photographs:  HollandAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: World War II Photographs:  GermanyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: World War II Photographs:  Pacific TheaterAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: World War II Photographs:  UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
 
Box 94Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 94090
Folder 1: World War II Publications and Reports:  History of the Allied Force Headquarters, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: World War II Publications and Reports:  History of the Allied Force Headquarters, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: World War II Publications and Reports:  History of the Allied Force Headquarters, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: World War II Publications and Reports:  History of the Allied Force Headquarters, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: World War II Publications and Reports:  History of the Allied Force Headquarters, 1942 - 1943Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: World War II Publications and Reports:  Life, 1945-04-09Add to your cart.
 
Box 95Add to your cart.
Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America - Letter 1945 (1 folder) ; Trusteeship Background Material ; Morgan Line (2 folders) ; Trip to Bratislava November 1945 (1 folder) ; Anton Dostler Execution 1945 (1 folder) ; Personnel (1 folder) ; Plan of Villa de Caserta (1 folder) ; Report-The German View November 1945 (1 folder) ; Report-Russian Intentions in S.E. Europe December 1945 (1 folder) ; Publication-Desk Guide to Italy (1 folder) ; Photographs-VIP Arrivals and Functions (4 folders)
Barcode: 2182
Folder 1: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Letter, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Trusteeship Background MaterialAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Morgan LineAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Morgan LineAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Trip to Bratislava, 1945-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Anton Dostler Execution, 1945Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  PersonnelAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Plan of Villa de CasertaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Report-The German View, 1945-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Report-Russian Intentions in S.E. Europe, 1945-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Publication-Desk Guide to ItalyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Photographs-VIP Arrivals and FunctionsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Photographs-VIP Arrivals and FunctionsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Photographs-VIP Arrivals and FunctionsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States of America:  Photographs-VIP Arrivals and FunctionsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 96: United Nations Organization Meetings, London; United NationsAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 2155
Folder 1: Military Staff Committee:  Letters, 1945 - 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Military Staff Committee:  Billetting RosterAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Military Staff Committee:  Biographical SketchesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Military Staff Committee:  Personnel ListAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Military Staff Committee:  Publication-Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly, 1946-01-10 - 1946-02-14Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: United States Delegation:  Meeting Minutes, Personnel, 1946-06-04, 1946-06-17Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: United States Delegation:  Directories, 1946-06-21, 1946-07-08Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Military Staff Committee:  Letter and Memos, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Military Staff Committee:  Documents and Orders, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Military Staff Committee:  West Point Visit, 1946-05Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Military Staff Committee:  Personnel Lists, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Military Staff Committee:  Personnel Lists, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Directories:  Telephone, 1946-05Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Directories:  Telephone, 1946-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Directories:  Telephone, 1946-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Directories:  Telephone, 1946-09Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Directories:  Telephone, 1946-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Identifications:  CardsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Identifications:  PatchesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Identifications:  TagsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 21: Photograph, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Publications:  Charter of the United Nations, Stalin's Answers to Werth, Relations of the United Nations to the United States, 1946-09Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: United States War Department:  DirectoriesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 24: United States War Department:  Telephone, 1946-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 25: United States War Department:  Chiefs and Executives, Staff Directory, 1946-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 26: United States War Department:  Inter-American Defense Board, 1946-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 27: United States War Department:  Report-Joint Commitee, Congress, Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1946Add to your cart.
 
Folder 28: United States War Department:  Publicatons-Army and Navy Journal, 1946-08-31Add to your cart.
 
Folder 29: Unidentified:  Documents, 1940 - 1949Add to your cart.
 
Folder 30: Unidentified:  Photographs, 1940 - 1946Add to your cart.
 
Box 97Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 94091
Folder 1: Sixth Army-G-2 Section:  Letters, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Sixth Army-G-2 Section:  Documents, 1946, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Sixth Army-G-2 Section:  Civil Defense Study, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Sixth Army-G-2 Section:  Civil Defense Study, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Sixth Army-G-2 Section-Reserve Composite Group:  Directory-Staff Exercise, CPX-13, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Sixth Army-418th Strategic Intelligence Team:  Assignments and Orders, 1948 - 1951Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Sixth Army-418th Strategic Intelligence Team:  Lecture-USSR,, 1949-01Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Sixth Army-418th Strategic Intelligence Team:  Intelligence Manual-Combat Intelligence, 1948Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Sixth Army-418th Strategic Intelligence Team:  Publication-Blue Ridge Bulletin, 1950Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: World War II Publications and Reports:  Handbook on Foreign Maps, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: World War II Publications and Reports:  Manual of Military and Political RanksAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: World War II Publications and Reports:  French Report on Mission to Moscow, 1944Add to your cart.
 
Box 98Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 94092
Folder 1: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Letters, Orders, Programs, Charts, 1951 - 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Part 2, Administrative Instructions, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Part 3, The Problem, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Part 4, Annex F to Section 6, Aggressor Order of Battle Handbook, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Annex E Appendices, Counterattack Plan, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Changes and Corrections, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Exercise Clover Leaf-Reports, Posters, 1954Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Fourth Army-G-2 Section:  Letters, Roster, 1957 - 1958Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: American Legion:  Letters, 1973Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: American Legion:  Special Committee on the United Nations, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: American Legion:  Special Committee on the United Nations, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: American Legion:  Special Committee on the United Nations-Report, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: American Legion:  Special Committee on the United Nations-Report, 1977Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: American Legion:  Special Committee on the United Nations-Research, 1971, 1974Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: American Legion:  Address, Statement, 1974, 1975Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: American Legion:  Publications, 1977, 1988, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: American Legion:  PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Cabanatuan Memorial Committee, 1986, 1987Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (D-Day), 1979Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Special Forces ClubAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 21: United States Army Field Activities Command, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, 1983Add to your cart.
 

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