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The University Archives Acquires the Papers of Jerome Forrest

The papers of a former University of Maryland graduate student, Jerome Forrest, who studied under Dr. Gordon W. Prange, are now accessible at the University Archives.


Dr. Gordon W. Prange was a professor of history at the university from 1937 until his death in 1980. He is best known for his research on the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces during World War II and is responsible for bringing to the university a collection of Japanese print publications issued during the early years of the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1949, entitled The Gordon W. Prange Collection. The University Archives also houses a collection of his personal papers; you may consult the finding aid for this collection on ArchivesUM at http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1347.

Jerome Forrest was an associate of Dr. Prange prior to enrolling at the university and conducted a series of interrogations with Dr. Prange between 1947 and 1951; the transcripts of those interrogations as well as correspondence between Prange and Forrest are included in this collection.

Dr. Prange convinced Forrest to enroll in the University of Maryland as graduate student to study under him in 1951. Forrest took one course on Recent Far Eastern Politics in the spring of that year before withdrawing from the university. He went on to pursue a career as an economist and trade negotiator and continued to work for the U.S. government from the 1950s to the 1970s before working as a consultant for the remainder of his career. His interest in U.S. involvement in the Far East never waned and was tied into his work as an economist and trade negotiator. He edited and published many publications relating to the Far East post-World War II, and that work is present within this collection as well.

Mr. Forrest passed away on May 18, 1998, and his daughter and grandson, June and Jeffrey Stanley, have graciously donated his papers to the University Archives. These papers are closely related to the Papers of Gordon W. Prange and will serve as a great companion to that collection as well as other collections relating to Far Eastern studies.

For more information about the Papers of Jerome Forrest or Gordon W. Prange, contact University Archivist Anne Turkos (301-405-9060; aturkos@umd.edu).

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