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Madison D. Farnum papers

 Collection — Box: 06.0097 - Box 1
Identifier: 06.0097

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Ensign Madison D. Farnum, a staff member for the commander of the Amphibious Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II. Farnum participated in the campaigns for Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Okinawa. Farnum was assigned on the Flagship USS Eldorado under Admiral R.K.Turner in the South Pacific Theater 1944-1945. The collection includes photographs, documents, and letters.


  • Created: 1944-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/04/2006
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2019-12-12


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Madison D. Farnum was born in Schenectady, N.Y. on November 5, 1917 and passed away on July 22 2004 at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves with his last rank as a Lt.JG. Farnum graduated from the Naval Training Station at Plattsburg, NY. He then went directly to his assignment as Officer Messenger with the Amphibious Forces of the Pacific Fleet aboard (USS Eldorado) flag ship. Farnum was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, and University of Rochester, where he recieved his M.A. degree on June 3 1946. At the the time of his enlistment he was a member of the teaching staff at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School at Hyde Park, NY and taught Teaching Physical Education.


.25 Linear Feet : One 1/4 size box.

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Dianne Schroder


Some Censorship cuts on a Letter to home, thin paper type (typewriter transfer paper) on a couple of letters to home. One letter shows repair tape.

Madison D. Farnum papers
Shannon L. Thomas
December 13, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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