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Frank V. Ortiz Collection

Identifier: AC 362

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Frank Ortiz's personal and diplomatic papers. The bulk of the material deals with his diplomatic and political career .

Classified materials had been removed from the Frank V. Ortiz Collection in September 2006 by the U.S. State Department. In 2008 all but 18 documents have been declassified and returned to the Frank V. Ortiz Collection. A review of those remaining documents (either redacted or denied) will be requested in May of 2010.

NOTE: (*) next to a folder number indicates that documents had been removed from that folder.


  • 1930s-2005


Language of Materials

English Spanish; Castilian

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


Frank V. Ortiz was born in Santa Fe, NM on 14 March 1926. Following his graduation from high school, Mr. Ortiz served as a liaison officer in the U.S. Senate from 1943 until his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1944.

He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University and of the George Washington University where he obtained a Master of Science Degree. He also attended the University of Madrid, the American University of Beirut and the University of New Mexico.

After passing the Foreign Service examinations, Mr. Ortiz began service with the Department of State in January 1951. He served in Egypt, Ethiopia, Mexico, before returning to Washington D.C. in 1960 when he became Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Inter-American Affairs . In 1961-63, Mr. Ortiz was chief negotiator of the Chamizal border problem settlement, involving a land dispute with Mexico in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Ortiz, then served in Spain, at the National War College, in Peru and Uruguay before being appointed Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada in 1977. In 1979 he became Ambassador to Guatemala and left that post in 1980 to become Political Advisor at the United States Southern Command in Panama. In 1981 Mr. Ortiz was appointed ambassador to Peru and in 1883 to Argentina.

Mr. Ortiz was married to Dolores Duke and had four children. Mr. Ortiz passed away in February 2005 in Santa Fe.


Frank V. Ortiz presents his credentials to Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.
14 March 1926
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Enlisted in the Air Force
Graduated Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; entered foreign service
Attended American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Served at American embassies in Ethiopia, Mexico and State Department, Washington D.C.
Helped negotiate border dispute with Mexico (Chamizal Treaty); Country director for Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
Political counselor, American Embassy, Lima, Peru
Counselor, American Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay
Chargé d'Affairs, America Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay
Deputy executive Secretary of State under Henry Kissinger
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and Grenada; special representative to St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and St. Kitts-Nevis
U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala
Political advisor, U.S. Southern Command, Panama
U.S. Ambassador to Peru
U.S. Ambassador to Argentina
Diplomat in residence, University of New Mexico
Assigned to the State Department
Retirement from foreign service
Return to Santa Fe, New Mexico; actively involved in many civic organizations such as the New Mexico History Museum, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, Council of Foreign Relations, North American Institute, Think New Mexico!, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Rancho de las Golondrinas
27 February 2005
Died at his home


12 Linear Feet

Related Material

Frank V. Ortiz.. Ambassador Ortiz: Lessons from a Life of Service . Edited by Don J. Unser. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005. (Memoirs - Call# 327.73 O77)

Separated Material

Photographic material has been transferred to Photo Archives (HP2008.01). Detailed folder level inventory can be found at the end of this finding aid.


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. New Mexico History Museum
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505:476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5053
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Frank V. Ortiz Collection, 1930s-2005
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© 2008
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090