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Albert and Laura Fuhrman collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 12.0028

Content Description

This collection includes the correspondence between Albert and Laura Fuhrman with gaps from 1939 through 1947. Albert graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on submarines. The collection is especially rich in documenting the American home front during World War II, courtship practices, consumerism, personal finances, public education in southern California, child-rearing, and naval culture in the submarine service. Much of the correspondence in the collection centers of Laura's life in southern California and Albert's deployment in both Atlantic and Pacific with submarine service of the U.S. Navy.


  • Creation: 1939-1948
  • Other: Date accessioned


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

Albert Schorr Fuhrman was born on July 17, 1915 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and passed away on November 12, 1986. Laura Chapman Furhman was born on born on April 21, 1919 in Los Angeles, California and passed away on November 11, 2003. They married on January 22, 1942. After graduating from college, Laura worked as teacher at a public school in Orange, California and later as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles, California. In her correspondence with Albert in 1942 and 1943 she is a especially keen observer of the impact of war on southern California and discusses a range of topics including women’s entry into the work force, rationing, defense preparations, current motion pictures and books, local restaurants, and the experiences of her students. After the birth of their first child, Felicity Fuhrman, she writes extensively of child rearing practices as single parent while Albert is deployed on bases in the United States and overseas.

Albert graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1937. He served as a subordinate officer aboard two submarines, the USS Sturgeon and USS Guitarro before assuming command of the USS Jack , followed by the USS Ling and finally the USS Corsair . After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Albert and Laura Fuhrman ran an import and mail order business in southern California.


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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.

Albert and Laura Fuhrman collection
G. Kurt Piehler
April 16, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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