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Nuremberg Trials Collection at Harvard Law School

This guide is intended to help use the Nuremberg Trials Digitization Project website
This guide assists researchers using the Library's Nuremberg Trials Project website.
In this guide, you will find information on:
  • Background information about the project
  •  Project updates
  •  Resources at Harvard and outside of Harvard
Background of the Collection 

The Harvard Law School Library holds over one million pages of documents of the Nuremberg trials, one of the most complete sets in the worldThe first trials of war criminals were prosecuted before the International Military Tribunal (IMT). Each of the four Allies (the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and France) supplied two judges and a prosecution team. The Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT) are the follow-up trials of war criminals held by the United States. Harvard's collection of IMT and NMT trials includes:

  • Trial transcripts
  • Trial briefs
  • Documents submitted into evidence by both prosecution and defense
  • Source documents from which the trial exhibits were selected for use by lawyers
  • Photographs
The transcripts were gifts of Harvard Law School (HLS) alumni donors including:
  • Ralph G. Albrecht (LL.B. 1923)
  • Francis Biddle (LL.B. 1911)
  • Drexel A. Sprecher (LL.B. 1938)
  • Leonard Wheeler (LL.B. 1925)

Watch a short video about the history of the collection and the project

Current Status of Project
As of Spring 2019, the Library has digitized 750,000 pages, including 153,000 transcript pages. We have posted five trial transcripts on our website:
We are working on posting the remaining trials listed below.

Digitization of all the documents and transcripts is complete. We are analyzing and creating metadata for the remaining trials and will post them online as the work proceeds.

Our goal is to complete this work as soon as possible, dependent upon available funding

  • IMT (1946)
  • NMT Case 5: Flick Case (USA v. Friedrich Flick et al. 1947)
  • NMT Case 6: I. G. Farben (USA v. Carl Krauch et al. 1947-48)
  • NMT Case 8: RuSHA Case (USA v. Ulrich Greifelt et al. 1947-48)
  • NMT Case 9: Einsatzgruppen Case (USA v. Otto Ohlendorf et al. 1947-48)
  • NMT Case 10: Krupp Case (USA v. Alfred Krupp et al. 1947-48)
  • NMT Case 11: Ministries Case (USA v. Ernst von Weizsaecker et al. 1947-49)
  • NMT Case 12: High Command Case (USA v. Wilhelm von Leeb et al. 1947-48).