A Guide to the Frederick (Fritz) Earnest Nolting, Jr. Papers Nolting, Frederick (Fritz) Earnest, Jr. Papers 12804

A Guide to the Frederick (Fritz) Earnest Nolting, Jr. Papers

A Collection in the
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The University of Virginia Library
Accession number 12804


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman LibraryUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, Virginia 22903USA
Collection Number
12804
Title
Frederick (Fritz) Earnest Nolting, Jr. Papers 1890-1989
Extent
ca. 12,000 items
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Frederick (Fritz) Earnest Nolting, Jr. Papers, Accession #12804, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection wasa gift from Mrs. Frederick Nolting.

Processing Information

The contents of Box 29 (personal financial and medical records) were returned to Grace Lindsay Nolting, April 4, 2007. There is a gap in numbering since boxes were not re-numbered.


Biographical Sketch

Educator, diplomat and banker, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr. was born August 24, 1911 in Richmond, Virginia to Frederick Earnest Nolting, Sr. and Mary Buford Nolting. Known as "Fritz," he spent his early childhood and student years in Richmond attending the St. Christopher's School. Later as an undergraduate he attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he earned a B.A. degree in history and went on to work as an investment banker in the family business in Richmond for the next five years.

In 1939, Nolting returned to graduate studies at the University of Virginia, earning an M. A. (1940) and a Ph.D.(1942) in philosophy and serving as a lecturing fellow in that field. He also earned a second M.A. in philosophy at Harvard in 1941. During World War II, Nolting served overseas in the Navy, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1946, he left the Navy and began a career that would span 18 years with the Department of State. His service included assignments as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations (1951); as Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Dean Acheson and John Foster Dulles for Mutual Security Affairs (1953-1955) and as Alternate U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO) in Paris (1955-1961). In 1961, President Kennedy named Nolting as Ambassador to the Republic of South Vietnam where he served until 1963 in what was to be a period of shifting U.S.Vietnamese policy developments that precipitated the overthrow and assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem.

In 1964, Nolting retired from the U.S. Government to become Vice-President in charge of the European offices of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in Paris (1964-1969), then Assistant to the Chairman in New York City (1969-1973) and, finally, as consultant to the company (1973-1976).

During this time, Nolting had returned to the University of Virginia to serve as Diplomat-in-Residence (1971-1973) before going on to hold teaching and administrative posts as Olsson Professor of Business Administration in the Darden School of Business (1973-1976), Professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs and Director of the Miller Center of Public Affairs. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation and as a member of the Center for Advanced Studies and the International Management and Development Institute.

In 1982, Nolting retired from the University of Virginia and devoted a good deal of his time to the writing of his book, From trust to tragedy : the political memoirs of Frederick Nolting, Kennedy's ambassador to Diem's Vietnam, which he published in 1988. The book serves as Nolting's personal testament to his role as U.S. Ambassador in Saigon and as a critical analysis of the conflicting political strategies that existed among the many policy making players during that volatile period of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

On December 14, 1989, at age 78, Nolting died and was survived by his wife, Olivia Lindsay Crumpler whom he had married in 1940 and who is presently residing in Charlottesville and by their four daughters: Mary Nolting Bruner and Jane Nolting Meniktos both of Charlottesville; Grace Lindsay Nolting of Columbia, Virginia and Frances Temple of Geneva, New York.

Scope and Content

The collection contains ca. 12,000 items (17 shelf feet) and consists of a large quantity of generally routine personal and official correspondence; a smaller portion of "Selected Correspondence" listed by correspondent name; professional papers associated with Nolting's governmental, business and academic career activities; personal papers containing military and property records; manuscript notes, drafts and correspondence relating to Nolting's publications and an assortment of photographs (ca. 500 items), many of which were take during his service in Vietnam.

Interesting documents within the collection groupings include: (a) Correspondence: The exchange of letters with Dean Rusk, W. Averell Harriman and the editors of the New York Times in which Nolting challenges some of the U.S. policy strategies of the 1961-1963 Vietnam experience. (b) Professional Papers: Copies of State Department declassified documents that reveal the unfolding day-to-day actions that led to a major shift in U.S. relations with the South Vietnamese Government and that resulted in the overthrow and death of President Diem. (c) Personal Papers: Records of the Nolting familyinvolvement in the restoration and preservation of the historic Sully and Chantilly properties in Virginia. (d) Photographs: Dramatic photographs of some of the major players involved in the U.S.-Vietnam policy drama of 1961-1964, including: President Diem, Henry Cabot Lodge, W. Averell Harriman, Maxwell Taylor, Vice-President Johnson and Ambassador Nolting.


Container List

Series I: Correspondence
  • Box 1
    Correspondence
    1936-1959
    (6 folders)
  • Box 2
    Correspondence
    1960-1962
    (5 folders)
  • Box 3
    Correspondence
    1963-1964
    (4 folders)
  • Box 4
    Correspondence
    1965-1966
    (4 folders)
  • Box 5
    Correspondence
    1967-1969
    (6 folders)
  • Box 6
    Correspondence
    1970
    (4 folders)
  • Box 7
    Correspondence
    1971-1972
    (6 folders)
  • Box 8
    Correspondence
    1973-1975
    (5 folders)
  • Box 9
    Correspondence
    1976-1978
    (5 folders)
  • Box 10
    Correspondence
    1979-1981
    (4 folders)
  • Box 11
    Correspondence
    1982-1989, n.d.
    (6 folders)
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence--Abramson, Rudy
    1984
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Acheson, Dean
    1959-1962
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Baldwin, Charles F.
    1962
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Bice, Raymond C.
    1975-1978
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Bradley, Omar N.
    1953
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Byrd, Harry F., Jr.
    1962-1978
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Carter, Hodding, III
    1978-1979
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Casteen, John T., III
    1975
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Coffman, Suzanne E.
    1985, n.d.
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Colby, William E.
    1973-1988
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Dabney, Virginius
    1945-1975
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Darden, Colgate W., Jr.
    1977-1978
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Durbrow, Elbridge
    1961-1962
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Dulles, John Foster
    1953-1958
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence--Editor, New York Times
    1961-1973, n.d.
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Eisenhower, Dwight D.
    1955-1958
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Felt, Harry D.
    1964-1967
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Galbraith, John Kenneth
    1961-1972
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Gilpatric, Roswell L.
    1979
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Hagan, Joseph Addison
    1965-1977
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Harkins, Paul D.
    1964-1971
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Harriman, W. Averell
    1961-1963
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Hereford, Frank L, Jr.
    1975-1977
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Higgins, Marguerite
    1965
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Hill, Ivan
    1974-1978
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Johnson, Lyndon B.
    1963-1964
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence--Johnson, Mrs. Lyndon B.
    1974
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Johnson, U. Alexis
    1961-1965
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Kennedy, John F.
    1963
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Kennedy, Robert F.
    1967
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Kissinger, Henry A.
    1975
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Lansdale, Edward G.
    1965
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Lippmann, Walter
    1958
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Lemnitzer, L. L.
    1960-1962
  • Box 12
    Selected Correspondence-- Loving, Boyce
    1952-1953
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Malone, Dumas
    1973
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- McBride, Robert H.
    1976
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- McCarthy, Frank
    1974-1977
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- McNamara, Robert S.
    1962-1964
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Murrow, Edward R.
    1964
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Ngo Dinh Diem
    1961
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Ngo Dinh Nhu (Madame Nhu)
    1964-1966
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Nguyen Dinh Thuan
    1963-1978, n.d.
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Nixon, Richard M.
    1968-1973
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence--Nolting (Family Correspondence)
    1944-1963
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Ramazani, Ronhollah K.
    1977
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Riddle, Sturgis L.
    1969
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Rockefeller, John D., III
    1962-1963
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Rusk, Dean
    1960-1975
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Russell, Bertrand
    1941
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Sands, Oliver Jackson, Jr.
    1965-1966
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Schiff, E. L. C.
    1976-1978
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Shannon, David A.
    1971-1977
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Shannon, Edgar F., Jr.
    1971-1977
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Spellman, Francis Cardinal
    1964-1966
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Stassen, Harold E.
    1955
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Steiner, George A.
    1975-1976
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Stettinius, Edward R., Jr.
    1945
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Taylor, Maxwell D.
    1962-1978
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Trueheart, William C.
    1960-1963
  • Box 13
    Selected Correspondence-- Williams, Murat W.
    1961-1978
Series II: Professional Papers
  • Box 14
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company --Aerospace Industries Association
    1970-1973
  • Box 14
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Agency for International Development
    1971-1972
  • Box 14
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Barque Du Congo
    1969-1971
  • Box 14
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Board of Trustees of Foreign Parishes
    1969-1973
  • Box 14
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--British North American Committee
    1969-1972
    (1-3 of 5 folders)
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--British North American Committee
    1969-1972
    (4-5 of 5 folders)
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Club Memberships
    1967-1971
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--European and Political Development Conference, London
    1972
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--European Enterprises Development Company
    1969-1970
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--France-America Society
    1969-1971
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--German-American Industrialists Meeting (Dec 7- 8)
    1970
  • Box 15
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--IMF/IBRD Meetings (World Bank and Fund)
    1971-1972
  • Box 16
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--International Banking Division
    1970-1972
  • Box 16
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--International Council
    1969-1971
  • Box 16
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--International Finance Corporation and World Bank
    1970-1972
  • Box 16
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Miscellaneous Office Records
    1964-1977, n.d.
    (3 folders)
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--National Strategy Information Center
    1971-1973
    (2 folders)
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Overseas Development Council
    1969-1972
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Overseas Private Investment Corporation
    1969-1971
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Smith Barney Seminar
    1971
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Special Reports and Press Releases
    1969-1972
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Trade Bill
    1969-1972
  • Box 17
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Trade with China
    1971
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Tunisia (American Committee for Assistance)
    1969-1970
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--United Nations
    1968-1970
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--U.S. Government Accounts
    1969-1971
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--U.S. Postal Service
    1971
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--U.S. Treasury Department
    1969-1972
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Washington Contacts
    1970
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--Washington Office
    1969-1971
  • Box 18
    Morgan Guaranty Trust Company--World Trade Institute
    1971-1972
  • Box 19
    University of Virginia --Center for Advanced Studies
    1973-1978
  • Box 19
    University of Virginia--Central Atlantic Environment Center
    1972-1973
  • Box 19
    University of Virginia--Ethics Seminar
    1977-1981
    (6 folders)
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Honor Committee
    1975-1977
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--International Management and Development Institute
    1972-1976
    (2 folders)
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Legislative Veto Conference (Feb 10-11)
    1978
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Miscellaneous
    1973-1980, n.d.
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Queen Elizabeth Visit to Monticello
    1976
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Randolph-Macon College
    1973-1980
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Society of Fellows
    1976-1983, n.d.
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Taft Institute
    1975-1976
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
    1975-1981
  • Box 20
    University of Virginia--University Press of Virginia
    1985-1987
  • Box 21
    University of Virginia--University Communications and Notices
    1973-1982, n.d.
    (3 folders)
  • Box 21
    University of Virginia--U.S.-China Trade Symposium (Sep 24-25)
    1976
  • Box 21
    University of Virginia--Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
    1974-1977
  • Box 21
    University of Virginia--Who's Who in America
    1976
  • Box 22
    U.S. Department of State--Atlantic Council
    1968-1981
    (4 Folders)
  • Box 22
    U.S. Department of State--Issue Background Releases
    1949-1955
  • Box 23
    U.S. Department of State--Foreign Service Personnel Records, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1945-1964
    (4 folders)
  • Box 23
    U.S. Department of State--Newspaper Clippings
    1960-1980, n.d.
    (2 folders)
  • Box 24
    U.S. Department of State--Oral History Drafts and Related Correspondence, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1966-1988, n.d.
    (4 folders)
  • Box 25
    U.S. Department of State--Speech Material, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1951-1982, n.d.
    (3 folders)
  • Box 26
    U.S. Department of State--State Department Documents and Communications, Vietnam
    1963-1982, n.d.
    (3 folders)
  • Box 26
    U.S. Department of State--Historical Background Records, Vietnam
    1956-1988, n.d.
    (1-2 of 10 folders)
  • Box 27
    U.S. Department of State--Historical Background Records, Vietnam
    1956-1988, n.d.
    (3-6 of 10 folders)
  • Box 28
    U.S. Department of State--Historical Background Records, Vietnam
    1956-1988, n.d.
    (7-10 of 10 folders)
Series III: Personal Papers
  • Box 30
    Military Service Records and World War II Journals
    1943-1960
    (2 folders)
  • Box 30
    Miscellaneous
    1942-1978
  • Box 30
    Real Property Records
    1946-1983, n.d.
    (1-2 of 12 folders)
  • Box 31
    Real Property Records
    1946-1983, n.d.
    (3-12 of 12 folders)
  • Box 32
    Scholastic Class Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1939-1942
    (1-5 of 10 folders)
  • Box 33
    Scholastic Class Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1939-1942
    (6-10 of 10 folders)
  • Box 34
    Wills, Certificates and Passports, Nolting Family
    1940-1987, n.d.
    (2 folders)
Series IV: Publications
  • Box 35
    Magazine Articles, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1971-1974
  • Box 35
    Manuscript Drafts and Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1978-1987
    (1-3 of 17 folders)
  • Box 36
    Manuscript Drafts and Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1978-1987
    (4-7 of 17 folders)
  • Box 37
    Manuscript Drafts and Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1978-1987
    (8-13 of 17 folders)
  • Box 38
    Manuscript Drafts and Notes, Frederick Earnest Nolting, Jr.
    1978-1987
    (14-17 of 17 folders)
  • Box 38
    Reviews and Monograph: From trust to tragedy : the political memoirs of Frederick Nolting, Kennedy's ambassador to Diem's Vietnam,
    1988-1989
Series V: Photographs
  • Box 39
    Ambassadorial Period, Vietnam
    1960's
    (7 folders)
  • Box 39
    Miscellaneous (Family)
    1890-1975, n.d.