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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: 158.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into series by subject, then chronologically when possible.
Date Acquired: 08/19/1998. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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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 (, 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.; Chuck Render
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.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 6: Personal, Travel, and Miscellaneous FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 107: IntelligenceAdd to your cart.
Barcode: 94098
Box 108: High FrontierAdd to your cart.
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Box 109: Vice President's Task Force On Border Patrol; MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
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Box 110: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
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Box 111: Clippings, notesAdd to your cart.
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Box 112: Clippings, notesAdd to your cart.
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Box 113: DraftsAdd to your cart.
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Box 114: Clippings, uniform prints, catalogsAdd to your cart.
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Box 115: CatalogsAdd to your cart.
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Box 116: Travel: ChinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 117: Travel: MexicoAdd to your cart.
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Box 118: Scrapbook and BookAdd to your cart.
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Box 119: TravelAdd to your cart.
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Box 120: Travel: EuropeAdd to your cart.
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Box 121: Travel: ArgentinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 122: Travel: ChinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 123: Travel: ChinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 124: BookAdd to your cart.
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Box 125: TravelAdd to your cart.
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Box 126: TravelAdd to your cart.
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Box 127: Travel: ChinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 128: Travel: ChinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 129: Travel: Mexico and ArgentinaAdd to your cart.
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Box 130: TravelAdd to your cart.
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Box 131: Las BrisasAdd to your cart.
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Box 132: Las BrisasAdd to your cart.
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Box 133: Las BrisasAdd to your cart.
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Box 134: Las BrisasAdd to your cart.
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Box 135: Photo albumsAdd to your cart.
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Box 136: Business: Mexico; Carlos TrouyetAdd to your cart.
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Box 137: Seagrams; Military Service IntelligenceAdd to your cart.
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Box 138: Continental Trailways; RestaurantsAdd to your cart.
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Box 141: Las BrisasAdd to your cart.
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Box 157: ActingAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Tarzan and the Valley of GoldAdd to your cart.
This DVD stars Frank Brandsetter as Ruiz.

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