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Register of the James B. Donovan Papers, 1919-1976
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James B. Donovan papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1976
    Collection Number: 72013
    Creator: Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-1970
    Collection Size: 90 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 9 envelopes (44.9 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, studies, drafts of book manuscripts, scrapbooks, notes, photographs, and printed matter, relating to the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the Nuremberg war crime trials, the Rudolf Abel-Gary Powers spy exchange, the Cuban prisoner exchange following the Bay of Pigs landing, and the New York City Board of Education.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access/Restriction

    Boxes 89-90 closed.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James B. Donovan papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1972.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Access Points

    Abel', Rudol'f Ivanovich, 1902-
    Powers, Francis Gary, 1929-
    New York (N.Y.) Board of Education
    United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development
    United States. Office of Strategic Services
    Education
    Education--New York (N.Y.)
    Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, 1945-1946
    War crime trials
    World War, 1939-1945
    Cuba
    Cuba--History--Invasion, 1961
    Germany
    United States--Foreign relations
    United States--Armed Forces
    New York (State)

    Biographical Note

    1916, February 19 Born, New York City
    1937 A.B., Fordham University
    1940 L.L.B., Harvard University
    1942-194 Associate General Counsel, Office of Scientific Research and Development
    1943-1945 General Counsel, Office of Strategic Services
    1945 Assistant to the U.S. Chief Prosecutor, International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg
    1950-1970 Partner, Waters and Donovan, New York City
    1961-1963 Vice President, New York Board of Education
    1963-1965 President, New York Board of Education
    1964 Author, Strangers on a Bridge
    1967 Author, Challenges
    1968-1970 President, Pratt Institute
    1970, January 19 Died, New York City

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, reports, memoranda, studies, drafts of book manuscripts, scrapbooks, notes, photographs, and printed matter, relating to the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the Nuremberg war crime trials, the Rudolf Abel-Gary Powers spy exchange, the Cuban prisoner exchange following the Bay of Pigs landing, and the New York City Board of Education.