Scope and Contents
The Jerome Forrest papers, which cover the period from 1945 to 1995, consist primarily of correspondence with University of Maryland professor Gordon W. Prange, University of Maryland President Harry Clifton Byrd, and members of the U.S. military and working papers from various editorial projects. The collection also contains interrogations conducted by Dr. Prange and Forrest with former members of the Japanese army concerning the Battle of Wake Island. There are notes on the Battle of Wake Island taken by Forrest, a photograph of Dr. Prange and Forrest, and a personnel file documenting Forrest's employment with the U.S. War Department. The collection also contains publications concerning the Far East and Japan pre-World War II and post-World War II, including publications by Forrest such as General MacArthur and His Vanishing War History, published by The Reporter in 1952, and publications not by Forrest such as The Japanese Emperor and the War by Yasumasa Matsudaira. Reports by the U.S. Army, including Interrogation report no. 0447, an Investigation of the Pearl Harbor attack by the 79th Congress, and "Japan's Struggle to End the War" by the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey are also included in the collection to provide context for Forrest's publications and research. Work papers concerning an article written by Forrest titled "Japan's Greatest Blunder?" are also included in this collection.