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F. Mark Wyatt Papers

Identifier: GTM-110804

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The F. Mark Wyatt Papers document the life and career of F. Mark Wyatt, a noted official in the Central Intelligence Agency and an expert on the subject of Soviet bloc defectors. Correspondents exchanging letters with Wyatt include Elizabeth Bancroft, Lee Hamilton, Max Holland, Sam Nunn, and Thomas Powers, among others. A number of manuscripts and printed materials is also found among the papers. There is a lengthy run of newspaper articles about intelligence issues gathered by Wyatt. Subject files are present, too. Coverage is given to defectors, Congressional hearings on intelligence, the Hale Foundation, American Friends of Romania, the CIA, the Jamestown Foundation, Italian politics, and Vladimir Sakharov. Some video cassettes, audio cassettes, and awards are also retained. The F. Mark Wyatt Papers are preserved in 17 boxes amounting to 12.5 linear feet.


  • 1950 - 2005

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Biographical note

F. Mark Wyatt was born in Woodland, California. In 1942, he received a degree from the University of California Berkeley. During World War II, he served as a communications officer aboard the destroyer "Conner" in the Pacific theater. After the war, Wyatt received a master's degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University. Wyatt joined the CIA in 1948. He participated in the agency's successful efforts to prevent the Italian Communist Party from winning national elections. He stayed on in Italy for a number of years as a CIA official, rising to the post of chief of station in Rome in 1964. In 1968 and 1969, Wyatt served as an aide to spies from South Vietnam in Saigon. From 1970 to 1972, he concentrated on United Nations issues. From 1972 to 1975, Wyatt was chief of station in Luxembourg. After his CIA career, Wyatt worked to assist Soviet bloc defectors in their efforts to acclimate to life in the United States.

In 1951, Wyatt married Ann Appleton Wyatt, a fellow intelligence officer.

He died on June 29 at the age of 86.

[Sources]: - Obituary: "New York Times" (Online), July 6, 2006. - Obituary: "Washington Post" (Online), July 10, 2006.


12.5 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

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