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Charles L. Foreman papers

Identifier: MSS-349

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Charles Foreman's experience as a US Army soldier in World War II on the European, western front. Foreman participated in the invasion of Germany and was a member of one of the first units to liberate a concentration camp. Following the war, Foreman researched and published material related to the War, his army unit, and the Holocaust. The collecion contains correspondence, memorabilia, maps, audicassettes, videocassettes, military records, photographs, and various articles relating to World War II.


  • 1944 - 2009

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the collection. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions

Biographical / Historical

Charles L. “Chuck” Foreman was born in Lansing, Michigan on September 10, 1925 to Ernest L. and Faye Miller Foreman. He graduated from Rockford, Michigan High School in 1943 and entered the US Army. Chuck went overseas with the 87th Infantry Division and fought in France prior to the Battle of the Bulge. The 87th fought in the Ardennes, Rhineland (capturing Koblenz), and Central Europe, ending the war at the border of Czechoslovakia and assisting in the liberation of Buchenwald Prison Camp. Mr. Foreman received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star during WWII. He shared his experiences of that time with many local history students and compiled a book of the unit’s personal wartime experiences: First Battalion, 345th, 87th Division.

Mr. Foreman credited his boyhood scouting experiences with helping him survive the winter of 1944-45. Following military service Chuck graduated from Michigan State University and joined the Boy Scouts of America as a District Scout Executive. He came to Marquette in 1965 to serve as Council Executive of the Hiawathaland Council until 1968; during this time, Camp Hiawatha was built. Chuck retired from Scouting after 20 years, leaving the Muskegon Council to return to the UP where he served as director of the Marquette Senior Center. His volunteer efforts included the organization of the Marquette County United Way (1973-1974), the Marquette Maritime Museum (1980s), and the Laughing Whitefish Audubon Society, serving as president or chairperson of the last two organizations.


4 boxes (1 oversize box; 1 standard archival box; and 2 binder boxes) : all materials are analog: consists of papers, photographs, and maps

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Custodial History

Materials donated to the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archives by Mrs. Virginia Foreman, widow of Charles L. Foreman. University Archivist, Marcus Robyns collected the materials at the Foreman residence. A Deed of Gift and Agreement is on file and retained in the Collection Folder (MSS-349).

Separated Materials

Bound cooy of "87th Infantry Division by the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association" is cataloged and located in the Archives Reading Room (ARCH CS71.H57 1988)


The languages used on materials in this collection are English, French, and German.

Charles L. Foreman papers
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Glenda K. Ward
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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