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Nuremberg Trial Papers, 1945-1946, Ms 0155

Finding Aid created April, 1982

Description: J. Hartley Murray's collection of trial briefs, documents and transcripts of daily proceedings (approx. 17,000 pages) of the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, 1945-46. Some supporting materials appear to be related to aspects of the trial in which Murray was personally involved.


On November 14, 1945 the International Military Tribunal convened at Nuremberg, Germany. For the following nine months, a staff of attorneys from the United States, Great Britain, France and the U.S.S.R.prosecuted 22 high German officers and Nazi Party members. In addition, six groups or organizations stood trial for one or a combination of the following crimes committed during the infamous Nazi era: Count One - the common plan or conspiracy; Count Two - crimes against peace; Count Three - war crimes; Count Four - crimes against humanity. Researchers may find detailed definitions of these crimes in Article six of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal.

On October 1, 1946 the Tribunal passed judgment on each defendant. All but two of the defendant organizations were declared to be criminal organizations, and all but three of the individual defendants were found guilty on at least one count.

The collector, J.Hartley Murray, was a 1933 graduate of Colorado College. He served throughout the Nuremberg trials as a member of the American legal staff.

Scope and Content

The Nuremberg Trial Papers consist of eleven Hollinger boxes containing 153 manila folders. Nine of the boxes contain over 17,000 pages of transcripts of the proceedings of the Nuremberg trials. Only pages 16,794 - 16,968 are missing. The transcripts have been translated from their original languages into rough English. They are translated into more precise English in the published version of the transcripts.

Folders 15 - 21 contain copies of the documents which the prosecution used as evidence. Murray's collection does not include a copy of every document presented as evidence at Nuremberg. While copies of these documents may be found in published volumes, researchers may appreciate the handwritten notations on many of the pages in Murray's collection. For example, the documents and other materials relating to the prosecution of Baldur von Schirach bear such notations which may reveal the thought processes of the prosecutors with greater clarity than the officially published versions of those documents.

Folders 5 - 14 and 22 - 38 contain miscellaneous background materials, trial briefs, copies of speeches, excerpts from speeches and closing briefs against 20 of the 22 defendants. The speeches appear verbatim in the published volumes, as they were a part of the proceedings. The trial briefs and the closing briefs seem to have been prepared for the use of the prosecution staff during the trial. The texts of these briefs do not appear in the published volumes.


Box 1

Folder 1 Nuremberg (historical background).
Folder 2 Miscellaneous background materials.
Folder 3 Notes concerning the trial, presumably impressions by Hartley Murray.
Folder 4 Press release regarding the judgment, October 1, 1946.
Folder 5 Introduction to Presentation of the Evidence regarding the Slave Labor Program and the Illegal Use of Prisoners of War, Concentration Camps and the Persecution of the Jews.
Folder 6 Trial Briefs A - J with Table of Contents (see pp. 29-42, v.1).
Folder 7 Trial Brief (Gestapo and the SD)
Folder 8 Trial Brief (Persecution of the Jews).
Folder 9 Individual Responsibility of the Defendant Hans Fritzsche.
Folder 10 Individual Responsibility of the Defendant Baldur von Schirach.
Folder 11 Documents relating to the prosecution of Baldur von Schirach (with index).
Folder 12 Miscellaneous materials relating to the prosecution of Baldur von Schirach.
Folder 13 Trial Brief (Plunder of Art Treasures).
Folder 14 Document Room Interrogation Analysis.
Folder 15 Document Book - Part D; "Reshaping of Education; Training of Youth."
Folder 16 Miscellaneous documents from the PS series; 015-PS to 1300-PS.
Folder 17 Miscellaneous documents from the PS series;1301-PS to 1992a-PS.
Folder 18 Miscellaneous documents from the PS series; 2825-PS to 4055-PS.
Folder 19 Miscellaneous documents from the C, D, EC and R series.
Folder 20 Miscellaneous documents from the L series.
Folder 21 Other miscellaneous documents.

Box 2

Folder 22 Closing Brief against Hans Frank.
Folder 23 Closing Briefs against Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Jodl and Ernest Kaltenbrunner.
Folder 24 Closing Briefs against Wilhelm Frick and Hjalmar Schacht.
Folder 25 Closing Briefs against Baldur von Schirach and Walter Funk.
Folder 26 Closing Briefs against Fritz Saukel and Hermann Goering.
Folder 27 Closing Brief against Joachim Ribbentrop.
Folder 28 Closing Briefs against Albert Speer, Hans Fritzsche and Julius Streicher.
Folder 29 Closing Brief against Constantin von Neurath.
Folder 30 Closing Brief against Karl Doenitz.
Folder 31 Closing Briefs against Erich Raeder and Franz von Papen.
Folder 32 Closing Briefs against Martin Bormann and Alfred Rosenberg.
Folder 33 British Final Speech.
Folder 34 American Closing Statements.
Folder 35 Excerpts from a speech by Justice Jackson; Address by Sir Hartley Shawcross.
Folder 36 Transcripts of individual testimonies and interrogation.
Folder 37 Fragment.
Folder 38 Exhibits - Cross Examination.

Box 3

Folder 39 Table and Digest of Contents of Transcripts of Record of International Military Tribunal.
Folder 40 Chronological Index of International Military Tribunal Transcripts.
Folder 41 Index to Transcripts.
Folder 42-52 Transcripts, November 14 - December 14, 1945; pp. 1 - 1552.

Box 4

Folders 53 - 66 December 17, 1945 - January 31, 1946; pp.1553 - 3711.

Box 5

Folders 67 - 81 February 1 - March 13, 1946; pp. 3712 - 5842.

Box 6

Folders 82 -95 March 14 - April 16, 1946; pp.5843 - 7964.

Box 7

Folders 96 -108 April 17 - May 18, 1946; pp.7965 - 9916.

Box 8

Folders 109 - 120 May 20 - June 18, 1946; pp.9917 - 11909.

Box 9

Folders 121 -133 June 19 - July 18, 1946; pp.11910 - 13824.

Box 10

Folders 134 - 143 July 19 - August 8, 1946; pp.13825 - 15343.

Box 11

Folders 144 - 151 August 9 - August 31, 1946; pp.15344 - 16793.
Folder 152 October 1, 1946; pp.16969 - 17077.
Folder 153 Rulings of the Tribunal.


The following bound volumes were originally included in the collection. They were removed, catalogued, and placed in the Special Editions room.

Spec Ed D804 .G42 I55 Goring, Hermann, 1893-1946, defendant. Trial of the major war criminals before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14, November 1945-1 October 1946. Nuremberg, Germany, 1947-49. 42 volumes (v. 17 missing).

Spec Ed D804 .G42 I55 United States. Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality. Nazi conspiracy and aggression. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1946. Supplement A-B only.

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