Subseries 5A: Diaries, 1941 March-1949

8 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Forrestal Papers document Forrestal's government service, from his post as Under Secretary of the Navy to that of Secretary of Defense. The papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, and press releases, as well as Forrestal's diaries from this period. Forrestal's papers primarily document the progress of World War II, especially the role of the Navy, and the formation of the National Military Establishment (NME) to unify the U.S. military following the war, as well as the daily administration of the Navy and NME.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Duplicate materials have been separated from this collection.


These papers were processed with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson with the assistance of Clelia Douyon, Grace Haaland, Brandon Joseph, and Jamie LaMontagne in 2009. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in March 2009.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Special Requirements for Access:

Phonograph recordings of speeches and television appearances by Forrestal are located in Boxes 180 and 181. Access to this material follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.

Credit this material:

Subseries 5A: Diaries; James V. Forrestal Papers, MC051, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345

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Alternative Form Available:

Microfilm of Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of the diaries (1944-1945) is requestable through this finding aid.

United States. Department of Defense
United States. Navy
Forrestal, James, 1892-1949