Manuscript Group 1543, Guide to the Captain Lyman F. Barry Diaries 1941-1947

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Container List

Photographs and Diaries, 1941-1947

Guide to the Captain Lyman F. Barry Diaries 1941-1947
MG 1543

The New Jersey Historical Society
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Erin Coffey.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

  Creator: Barry, Lyman F., Captain
  Title: Captain Lyman F. Barry Diaries
  Dates 1941-1947
  Abstract: Contains diaries and photographs of Lyman F. Barry, a Budd Lake, N.J. native who served as a Captain in World War II.
  Quantity: .35 linear feet/ 1 box
  Collection Number: MG 1543

Biographical Note

Captain Lyman F. Barry, Infantry was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Barry on March 12, 1901. Captain Barry came from Budd Lake, New Jersey and from a prominent Jewish family. Barry served in the U.S. Army from at least 1922 to 1945. By 1922 he was a Second Lieutenant and served, both in the United States and overseas, as a Captain during World War II. Barry was the author of A Photo History of the 20th Corps. published by General Colliers.

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Scope and Content Note

The Barry collection contains 7 manuscript diaries (415 total pages) written by Captain Barry from 1941-1947. The collection also includes 7 photographs of Barry in uniform from 1922 to 1942.

Each diary contains short entries on Barry’s day-to-day activities in military service. Barry writes about events ranging from getting his teeth filled to bayonet and rifle practice. Barry also includes accounts of the weather, what books he is reading, and who has written him letters. Barry also used the diaries as an address book and as a way of keeping track of his cash accounts.

Barry writes “WAR” on December 7, 1941 and discusses his ambivalent feelings about V-J Day. Other entries include Barry’s account of arresting a Nazi Lieutenant and 2 German women. Barry also writes about sightseeing in cities such as Paris and Munich.

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Access Points

  The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
  Subject Names:
    Barry, Lyman F., 1901-
  Subject Topics:
    World War, 1939-1945.
  Subject Places:
    Budd Lake (N.J.).
  Document Types:
    Diaries.
    Photographs.
  Subject Occupations
    Soldiers.

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Related Material

Manuscript Collection 1391, Thomas Kovanich (d. 1945), World War II soldier.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1543, Captain Lyman F. Barry Diaries, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated/purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 2002.

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Container List

Photographs and Diaries, 1941-1947
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Photographs 1922-1942
1 2 Diaries 1941-1944
1 3 Diaries 1945-1947

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