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Lawrence Burzynski collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2007 Box 2 (07.0075-07.0157), Folder: 07.0088 - Folder 1
Identifier: 07.0088

Content Description

This collection relates to Lawrence Burzynski, who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939 and was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Chief Electricians Mate. This collection contains a compilation of entries from Burzynski's diary during his seven years in the Navy. The diary provides an account of nearly every facet of U.S. Navy life during WWII and provides testimony on key moments of the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


  • June 11, 1939 - June 30, 1946
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2007-07-17


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 / Historical

Lawrence Burzynski was born on August 1, 1919, in Benton, Illinois. Two years after graduating high school, he was inducted into the U.S. Navy in June of 1939. After receiving training at the San Diego Naval Training Station, Burzynski traveled with the U.S. Navy to a variety of locations, including the South Pacific, South America, and South Africa. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he operated mostly in the Philippines stationed on the USS Louisville. He was discharged in June of 1946 with the rank of Chief Electrician's Mate. Following discharge, he attended Anderson College with his wife Catherine. Lawrence Burzynski passed away on June 30, 2016, and is buried in Metropolis Memorial Gardens in Massac County, Illinois.


1 folders (1 folder)

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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Lawrence Burzynski.

Lawrence Burzynski collection
Aidan A. MacKinlay
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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