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General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Papers

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General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Papers


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Lemnitzer, Lyman L. (Lyman Louis), 1899-1988     

Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Materials in English.


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Biographical Note

Lyman Louis Lemnitzer (1899-1988), General, United States Army, was a soldier, military planner, negotiator, educator, and diplomat. Lemnitzer was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on August 29, 1899, the son of a shoe manufacturer William L. Lemnitzer and his wife Hannah Blockberger.  He graduated from Honesdale High School in June 1917, and the following year he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1920.  In 1923 he married Katherine Mead Tyron.  They had two children, a son William Lyman and daughter Lois. A 1920 graduate of West Point, he served as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Allied Forces Headquarters under General Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II, Commander-in-Chief of the Far East Command (June 1955-July 1957) Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (July 1959-September 1960); Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (October 1960-September 1962); Commander-in-Chief, U.S. European Command (November 1962-May 1969); and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (January 1963-July 1969).  In 1982 Kent State University named its Center for NATO Studies in his honor.  General Lemnitzer died on November 12, 1988 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  His wife Katherine, who died in 1994 is buried with him. 

Description of Collection

The Papers of General Lyman L. Lemnitzer (1899-1988) includes a a limited selection of the General’s personal, military and political correspondence, records, reports, publications, and speeches, dating largely from the 1960s until his death, as well as many letters, cards, documents and ephemera related to the social and philanthropic activities of his wife Katherine Tyron Lemnitzer (1901-1994).  In addition to these materials, the collection contains numerous newspaper and magazine articles, documenting the activities of the General and Mrs. Lemnitzer, their family, friends and associates, as well as some family records.

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Research Access

Collection is open for research. Special restrictions apply: Series 3.2 Personal Correspondence, Series 9: Personal Papers: selected files of medical and legal information are restricted. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], General Lyman L. Lemnitzer Papers, SPC.MSS.SP.063, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased on 24 February 2010.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 2010. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in September 2015 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services. 

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