Register of the Jacques M. Vergotti papers

Finding aid prepared by Laura Cosovanu
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 1998
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Stanford University
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Title: Jacques M. Vergotti papers
Date (inclusive): 1948-1991
Collection Number: 91043
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In Romanian, French and English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.3 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, deposition, and correspondence, relating to King Michael, Romanian participation in World War II, the transition of Romania from monarchy to communist regime, and Romanian emigre affairs. Includes a dissertation on Swiss neutrality.
Creator: Vergotti, Jacques, 1915-2000


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1991.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jacques M. Vergotti Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

Jacques M. Vergotti was born in 1915. A Major in the Romanian Army, he served as aide to Michael I, King of Romania, between 1941-1947. He witnessed the last year of the Romanian monarchy and the palace coup of December 30, 1947, when the King was overthrown and the Popular Republic of Romania was proclaimed. He was one of the few people allowed to leave the country together with the King, whose aide he was for one more year. He then emigrated to the US and has lived there since.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of his writings, particularly his memoirs, related to the dramatic events preceding and following the king's forced abdication. Also of special interest is his correspondence with the King of Romania, and with his colleagues and friends from the Royal Court, including prominent figures like General Petre Lazar and Mircea Ionnitiu, both friends and secretaries of the King.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Romania -- Emigration and immigration
Neutrality -- Switzerland
World War, 1939-1945 -- Romania
Romania -- Court and courtiers
Romania -- Politics and government -- 1944-1989
Michael, King of Romania, I, 1921-2017



Scope and Contents note

Consists of Vergotti's legal deposition as a witness in the civil action pursued by the Socialist Republic of Romania against Kimbell Art Foundation, regarding three "El Greco" paintings, 1985
box 1, folder 1

Consists of Vergotti's legal deposition as a witness in the civil action pursued by the Socialist Republic of Romania against Kimbell Art Foundation, regarding three "El Greco" paintings 1985



Scope and Contents note

Correspondence arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
box 1, folder 2

Unidentified 1952

box 1, folder 3

Balaban, Julian 1979-1981

box 1, folder 4

Ciorba, Ionel 1950

box 1, folder 5-6

Ionnitiu, Mircea 1978-1990

box 1, folder 7

Michael I, King of Romania 1952-1985

box 1, folder 8-9

Petre-Lazar, Constantin, General, Includes his typescript entitled "Mortal Peace or Liberating War?" 1950-1974.

box 1, folder 10

Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. 1948



Scope and Contents note

Memoirs, radio broadcasts, lectures, term paper, M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations, and miscellaneous typewritten writings arranged chronologically by title

"Swiss Neutrality"

box 1, folder 11

Term Paper, Columbia University, New York 1952

box 1, folder 12

M.A. dissertation, Columbia University, New


York, Typescript 1952 May.


Ph.D. dissertation, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 1954

box 1, folder 13

Typescript, including attached typescript of oral presentation of the dissertation

box 1, folder 14

Printed copy

box 2, folder 1

"China: P.R.C. - Retrospective on a Study Tour," Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut,1982(?). Typescript 1981

box 2, folder 2

"A World War II Profile: General Ion Antonescu," lecture, Congress of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Science, San Francisco, Typescript 1985.

box 2, folder 3

"Reflections on Romania in World War Two According to the Diary of X. Xeni and the Swiss Press," lecture, Congress of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Science, Paris, Typescript 1987.

box 2, folder 4

"Bassarabia [Bessarabia]: Crossroads of the Big Powers' Drives," lecture, Juliu Maniu Foundation, Typescript 1988.

box 2, folder 5

" A Year in the Service of King Michael in Exile," lecture, Congress of the American Romanian Academy of Arts and Science, Los Angeles, 1989. Typescript 1948-1949:

box 2, folder 6

Untitled radio broadcast commemorating the 23rd of August event, Radio Free Europe, Typescript 1990.


"Memoirs of a Romanian-American " 1991(?). Typescript 1940-1990,

box 2, folder 7-8

Romanian original

box 2, folder 9-10

English translation


"In Slujba Casei Regale," interview, Lumea Libera 1991

box 2, folder 11

April 20

box 2, folder 12

April 27

box 2, folder 13

May 4


SUBJECT FILE 1949-1990.

Scope and Contents note

Includes King Michael's speeches and correspondence, correspondence by others, newspaper articles, biographical notices, obituaries, and miscellany, arranged alphabetically by subject, and related mainly to the Romanian National Committee, the American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Carol I Foundation, and Romanian émigrés
box 3, folder 1

American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Includes a typescript entitled "Nicolae Radescu and Grigore Niculescu-Buzesti: Two Forgotten Men" (by Vergotti?) 1985-1988.

box 3, folder 2

Carol I Foundation 1951-1978

box 3, folder 3

Ionnitiu, Mircea, Articles, writings, correspondence, obituaries 1955-1990.

box 3, folder 4

Maniu, Iuliu 1987

box 3, folder 5

Michael I, King of Romania. Includes three of his speeches 1950-1951

box 3, folder 6

Romanian National Committee, Includes correspondence between the President of the Committee and King Michael 1949-1953.

box 3, folder 7

Romanians in foreign countries. Biographical note on Pierre Sergesco and miscellany relating mostly to Romania