Carter Burgess Collection
Carter Lane Burgess was born on December 31, 1916, in Roanoke, Virginia, the son of Joseph Hilleary and Susie B. Burgess. He attended Jefferson High School in Roanoke and graduated in 1935. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree from VMI in 1939. On November 8, 1941, Burgess married May Gardner Smith and they had six children: Jane, Mary, Nan, Sue, Beth andCarter Lane. He served as a Second Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Colonel, serving as Secretary of General StaffSHAEF, 1941-1945. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, L‘Ordre of Leopold, Croix de Guerre, and Order of the British Empire. From 1946-1947 he was assistant to the President of Trans World Airline; assistant secretary of the Department of Defense for manpower from 1954-57; president, director of Trans World Airlines, Inc., 1957; and a former U.S. ambassador to Argentina.
The collection represents a variety of material from the World War II era collected and created by Carter L. Burgess. There is a large amount of newspaper articles and clippings, as well as booklets from the War. Personal materials include correspondence and photographs of Burgess during the War as well as others such as Eisenhower and Bedell Smith. Also included are two cassettes of an oral history interview with Carter L. Burgess, Italian money, and a top secret folder used to carry the Italian surrender during World War II. Many large items have been separated from the collection and relocated to the oversized materials section. These items include: multiple military certificates and medals; large photographs, some that have been signed; Burgess‘ VMI diploma and an Appointment Certificate to the Commission onGovernment Security signed by President Eisenhower, 1957.