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Lanham, C. T. (Charles Trueman), 1902-
Charles T. Lanham Papers
Public Policy Papers
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1916-1978 (mostly 1944-1978)
30 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-30


General Charles T. Lanham (1902-1978), a decorated WWII General and friend of author Ernest Hemingway, was an accomplished author, trainer, and after retiring from the military had a successful second career as a public relations executive. The Charles T. Lanham Papers document the general's WWII and post war military service and his private sector employment with several corporations. The papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, journals, speeches, and legal documents.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Charles T. Lanham Papers documents the general's WWII and post war military service, his private sector employment with several corporations, and his extensive correspondence from 1944 until his death in 1978. The papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, journals, speeches, and legal documents. The materials that compose the private sector series, the majority of which are correspondence, document his individual work and the activities of the Market Relations, Penn Texas, and Xerox corporations. There are also a large number of scrapbooks and photos encompassing the entirety of his military service from 1944 to 1954. Other highlights found in the collection are a cache of WWII letters to his first wife, text and audio recording of speeches, and a number of books containing the undated poetry Lanham wrote throughout his life.

Please see the series descriptions in the contents list for additional information about individual series.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lanham, C. T. (Charles Trueman), 1902-

C.T. Lanham was a life soldier who retired as a general. In 1944, during World War II, his troops were among the first to break out from Normandy, enter Paris, and attack the Siegfried Line in Germany. He became friends with Hemingway and corresponded with him for the next 17 years. After the war, he was chief of troop information and education; post-retirement he was associate editor of Infantry Journal.

Collection History


Mrs. Jane Lanham donated the bulk of the papers on April 6, 1982 , as part of a larger donation of Lanham papers given to Princeton University. Another shipment of correspondence between General Lanham and Sandy Sigoloff was received from Mrs. Lanham in July 1983 .


No materials were separated from this collection during processing in 2008.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Pete Asch in 2008. Finding aid written by Pete Asch in June 2008.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

A number of vinyl records can be found in Series 5: Oversized Materials. The majority are recordings of speeches given by General Lanham at military functions or graduations.

Credit this material:

Charles T. Lanham Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1-30

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Related Materials

Collections at the Mudd Manuscript Library that include correspondence with Charles T. Lanham are the Papers of David Lawrence, James V. Forrestal, and Hamilton Fish Armstrong.

A collection of correspondence between Lanham and Hemmingway is held in the C. T. Lanham Papers on Ernest Hemingway, 1945-1978 (C0305), Manuscripts Division, Firestone Library, Princeton University.


The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note: Biographical Sketch of Major General C. T. Lanham, USA, Ret. Washington, D. C.: War Department Special Staff Public Relations Division. "Charles Trueman Lanham No. 7293 Class of 1924." Assembly 38, no. 1 (1979): 117-18. Who's Who in America 1958-1959. New Providence, N.J.: Marquis, 1958.

Subject Terms:
Corporations--United States.
Motion pictures in military education.
Public relations and law--United States.
United States. -- Army -- Public relations.
United States. Army--Officers--Correspondence.
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 4th.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poetry.
World War, 1939-1945 -- photographs
Genre Terms:
Records (sound recordings)
Xerox corporation
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. SHAPE and Allied Command Europe
Penn-Texas Group
Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Lanham, C. T. (Charles Trueman), 1902-
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985