Papers of a free-lance writer who became active in the POW/MIA controversy of the Vietnam War era when her son, Humbert Rogue "Rocky" Versace, was captured and executed by the Viet Cong. The collection includes correspondence, biographical material, clippings, writings, tape recordings, a film, and personal papers of Rocky Versace and also of Sister Mary Aquinas, the "flying nun," about whom Mrs. Versace planned to write a biography. Half of the collection relates to Mrs. Versace's literary career. Its unpublished manuscripts contain extremely detailed information about the family's experiences after Rocky's capture.
Tere Versace's correspondence includes letters from Harold K. Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert Kastenmeier, William Proxmire, and Norodom Sihanouk and several tape recordings the Versace family exchanged while Rocky was in Vietnam in 1962 and 1963. The Rocky Versace papers make up less than one box of the collection and include biographical material, correspondence, training material, and Vietnam memoranda books. Also present is a transcription of a 1970 speech by James N. Rowe who was captured with Rocky.
The papers on Sister Mary Aquinas include biographical tape recordings and transcripts, a film of the 1956 "Studio One" (CBS) program based on her life, biographical material, her general correspondence, and science textbooks written by the Sister. A draft of Versace's book, "The Flying Nun," includes information on her experiences as a pilot and aeronautics instructor.
Also part of the collection are correspondence on book publishing negotiations, notes relating to Mrs. Versace's teaching at the Rhinelander School of the Arts, and a transcript of an interview with Father Bartholomew Kestell.
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