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The Forman Family Letters

Identifier: RH-A-3452

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of newspaper articles, correspondence between Jack and Alta, and other miscellaneous correspondence. The items date from February 1945 to March 1946.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1945-1946


Biographical / Historical

Willis H Foreman (“Jack”) was born on August 18, 1914 in Scott, Mississippi. He moved to Michigan and married Alta Werkman (Oct. 23, 1912-July 20, 1992). Jack was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Italy as part of the 34th Repair Squadron. The letters include Corporal. Jack’s opinions and reactions to the war. The letters give insight into social life on a U.S. Army base and Army operations during WWII. In 1945 Alta and Jack purchased a house in Kalamazoo. Together they had a son named Jack Jr.(birthdate unknown). Jack passed away on August 24, 1996. The Collection was formed as a result of the division of A-2480, The Charles Starring Endowment Fund. The Funds donated at the bequest of Mr. Starring were used to purchase the letters from eBay for the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections.


1 boxes

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 0.5 cubic feet. The letters are in fairly good condition. Some of the edges are slightly worn. However most of the paper is in good condition. The handwriting is legible. The articles are in great condition. There are photocopies of all newspaper articles as well.

The Forman Family Letters Finding Aid
Maria Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490