Subseries 1A: Alphabetical Correspondence
23.4 Linear Feet
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
Requests will be delivered to Public Policy Papers, MUDD Reading Room
Collection Creator: Forrestal, James,
Extent: 23.4 Linear Feet
Collection is open for research use.
The Alphabetical Correspondence subseries is composed of correspondence
between Forrestal and military commanders, congressmen and other United
States government officials, and industry executives. Other
correspondents included journalists, lawyers, and the general public.
Many of the correspondents wrote to Forrestal on behalf of sons,
friends, or constituents who desired Forrestal's aid in obtaining a
position in the Navy or to serve Forrestal in some other manner. Other
letters include requests for Forrestal to speak, letters of support or
congratulations for his efforts as secretary, Christmas and birthday
greetings, and the arrangement of meetings. In Forrestal's
correspondence with journalists, he reacted to their stories or
suggested potential story topics. In his correspondence with military
commanders, he typically discussed individual military personnel,
offered congratulations on victories, and reacted (sometimes critically)
to statements they made to the press. With congressmen, Forrestal
generally discussed allocations to the Navy or his testimony before
committees. With the general public, typical letters contain their
comments or publications they thought might be of interest to Forrestal
or encouragement about his progress, with Forrestal's responses, as well
as their invitations to him to speak before their groups, which he
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Subseries 1A: Alphabetical Correspondence; 1940-1949; James V. Forrestal Papers, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.