Guide to the John Roderick Finn Papers, 1943-2007
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Finn, John R. Title John Roderick Finn Papers Dates 1943-2007 Extent 1 Box (.25 linear foot) About the Collection The collection contains John R. Finn’s World War II letters, 23 August 1943-20 August 1945 (4 files), as well as several service medal certificates, 2005. Also included with the collection are biographical clippings and tributes, 1988-2007, relating to his service to Franklin County and to Vermont, as well as information about his funeral on 25 August 2007, photographs, and many certificates and letters of appreciation, 1981-2006. Scanned copies of John Finn’s World War II letters, as well as a CD-ROM containing scanned images of the letters, are available with the collection.
About John R. Finn
John R. Finn (1923-2007) was born in St. Albans, VT. His education at Norwich University was interrupted by World War II. He served in the 8th Armored Division of the U. S. Army in the European Theater, where he was awarded the Purple Heart after receiving a hand wound. After the war, John Finn returned to Norwich University and graduated with the Class of 1946 with a BA degree in English. He succeeded his father as sheriff of Franklin County, VT, serving in that position for twelve years. Finn was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives and later, in 1984, as Senator of Franklin County. He died in 2007, leaving his wife, Betty, and a son, Michael.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog: Finn, John R.,
Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence.
The collection is open; however, letters dated 30 April 1944, 24 October 1944 and 20 January 1945 are restricted until 1 October 2027 at the request of the donor and are housed separately.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Roderick Finn Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter to James G. Finn from John R. Finn, 18 October 1943. John Roderick Finn Papers, Letters file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library.
Extent: 1 Box (.25 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Also available is a paper by Owen E. Bashaw (2009) on the life and influence of John Finn in the Student Papers and Theses Collection.
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