Donald A. Forsyth Papers

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Donald A. Forsyth papers
Creator: Forsyth, Donald A.
Call Number: D.317
Dates: 1939-1947
Physical Description: .25 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Donald A. Forsyth papers
Creator: Forsyth, Donald A.
Call Number: D.317
Dates: 1939-1947
Physical Description: .25 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The collection contains letters written by Forsyth to his family in Rochester, New York, while he served in the Navy during World War II. Forsyth attended Andover preparatory school in Connecticut until 1939, when upon graduation he enrolled in the University of Rochester. At the University of Rochester (1939-1943) he completed an AB in History and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. In April 1943 he went to New York City to attend Midshipmen's School. After completing his training in July 1943, Forsyth moved to the Submarine Chaser Training Center in Miami, Florida, where he remained until he joined the Pacific Fleet sometime later that year. While in the Pacific, Forsyth served with the 5th Fleet, moving to the 7th Fleet for the Morotai and Philippine operations. In February of 1945 he rejoined the 5th Fleet until June 1944, when he was moved once again into the 3rd Fleet under Commander William Halsey, Jr. Forsyth ranked Lieutenant Junior Grade (Lt. JG) in the US Navy until he was discharged in 1946.

After the war Forsyth attended Columbia Law School (1946-1949). Upon graduation he worked with his father, Walter S. Forsyth, in a practice located at the Genesee Valley Trust Building in Rochester. He later became US Commissioner to the US District Court in Rochester. He married Ruth Mary Keene on September 8, 1948, and they had three sons.

Scope and Content
The bulk of the letters are written home from the Pacific. While Forsyth could not give detailed information about maneuvers or battles in his letters due to censorship, he does describe life aboard ship and attempts to gather news from his family about the home front in his letters.

Arrangement
The letters are arranged in chronological order, beginning with one letter to Forsyth's mother sent from Andover, and continuing until 1947, with a letter from Columbia University.

Subject(s):
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence
Forsyth, Donald A.
United States. Navy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The letters were a gift from Donald A. Forsyth on January 13, 2005.Access
The Donald A. Forsyth papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Donald A. Forsyth papers, D.317, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1939
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1943
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1944
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1945
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1946
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1947


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