Subseries 5A: Diaries
2.9 Linear Feet
This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.
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Collection Creator: Forrestal, James, 1892-1949..
Extent: 2.9 Linear Feet
Collection is open for research use.
The Diaries subseries contains Forrestal's diaries from while he was
Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Defense. In the diaries,
Forrestal recorded his work for the military, conversations he had with
military and government officials, the result of official meetings
(including with the President), and his analysis of current events. His
diary entries are typed, rather than handwritten, and he interleaved his
diary with copies of related correspondence, newspaper articles, and
pages from his appointment calendars. During World War II, his diary
entries were predominantly concerned with managing the Navy, the war
effort, and military personnel. After the war, Forrestal wrote about the
various plans for unifying the U.S. military, post-war Europe and world
conditions, the relationship between the United States and the Soviet
Union, and the many world events and crises of the time, including
atomic energy. Many of the entries after he was appointed Secretary of
Defense in September 1947 are related to cabinet meetings. Also included
are the galleys for the published version of his diaries and two
notebooks. One notebook is from March to June 1941 in which Forrestal
recorded the requirements of the Navy, the official Navy positions on
legislation, and the opinions of government officials with regards to
the Navy. The second notebook, from 1944 to 1949, contains lists and
notes from meetings and Forrestal's thoughts on issues facing the
Subseries 5A: Diaries; 1941-1949; James V. Forrestal Papers, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.