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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601713

David Schwartz papers


This collection includes materials relating to alien property control in the U.S., and in Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Luxemburg, and Netherlands, before, during and after World War II, with some material on controls during and after World War I.


  • 1916-1956

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


1 collection (17 boxes and 12 Paige boxes)

The approximately 4,500 items in the collection of Enemy Alien Control material of David Schwartz (1916-1989) span the years 1943-1956, with a small number of items dating back to WWI and a few up to 1982.

The papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, legal documents, drafts of bills, research notes, official government orders, decrees, hearings, and other publications, translations of articles, indexes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and monographs.

The material falls into three groups. The first group consists of documents (briefs, administrative opinions, and judicial opinions) relating to the control of enemy alien property in the U.S. during and after WWII. The second group consists of source material and documents on control of enemy alien property in other countries (Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, Luxemburg, France, Netherlands). The third group consists of miscellaneous material relating to enemy alien property controls during WWII, with some background material on the disposal of alien property during and after WWI.

There is very little correspondence in these papers. The collection consists mainly of Mr. Schwartz's personal notes and of research material that he collected while serving as a member of the Legal Section of the Office of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation member of the Office of Alien Property of the U.S. Department of Justice. While he was with the Office of Alien Property as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Mr. Schwartz held a Rockefeller Public Service Award which enabled him to spend time in Europe, in 1956, to make a comparative study of the laws and administrative handling of enemy property by the Northwest European countries allied in WWII.

The group of judicial and administrative opinions consists of mimeographed opinions that are filed numerically and fairly chronologically, dating from 1947-1956. This material includes memoranda mentioning similar cases and litigation of current interest (at that time) under consideration by other Federal Courts. Subdivision III (misc. materials) contains monographs dealing with the organization and operation of the Office of Alien Property Custodian.

Attached to this Inventory as an Appendix is a copy of a letter by David Schwartz to the Controller General of the British Administration of Enemy Property Department, dated March 28, 1956, explaining his objectives in making his study of Enemy Alien Controls in the Northwest European countries, and a questionnaire which he sent to these different countries before visiting them.

Historical/Biographical Information

  • July 7, 1916 b. New York, NY
  • 1936 A.B., New York University
  • 1939 LL.B. m.c.l., Harvard Law School
  • n.d. Attorney in Law firm of Stroock and Stroock and Lavan, New York City
  • 1989 Died

  1. Legal Section of Office of Foreign Reliefand Rehabilitation Operations
  2. Director's Staff ofUNRRA
  3. Office of Alien Property in the U.S. Department ofJustice, Washington, D.C.

Series List

Arranged in seven series:

  1. Series I. Control of Enemy Alien Property (E.A.P.) in theU.S. during and after WW II;

    Paige boxes 1through 7

  2. Series II. Control of E.A.P. in other countries during andafter WW II;

    MSS boxes 1 through 8

  3. Series III. Misc. materials relating to E.A.P. Controls duringWW II;

    MSS boxes 9 through 11 and Paige boxes8 through 11

  4. Series IV. Addenda 1, U.S. Court of Claims;

    MSS boxes 11 through 15

  5. Series V. Addenda 2, Enemy Alien Property;

    MSS box 16

  6. Series VI. Addenda 3, U.S. Court of Claims, The RenegotiationBoard, Renegotiation Opinions of Trial Judge David Schwartz;

    Paige box 12

  7. Series VII. Addenda 4;

    MSS box 17

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Schwartz from 1968 to 1982.


1. Prices of Quinine. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the Committee of the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, 90th Congress, 1st Sess. S. Res. 26, Part 2, March 22 and 23, 1967

2. Possible Anticompetitive Effects of Sale of Network TV Advertising. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, 89th Congress, 2nd Sess., S. Res. 191, Pt. 2, Dec. 12, 13, and 14, 1966

3. Antitrust Consent Decrees and the Television Broadcasting Industry. Hearings before the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Judiciary of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 87th Congress, 1st Sess., June 14 and 15, 1961

4. The American Journal of International Law, Apr. 1932

5. The American Journal of International Law, July 1945

6. Comparative Juridical Review, v.2, 1965

7. New York University Law Review, v. 36, no. 2, Feb. 1961

8. The Agricultural Development of Clombia: Report of a Mission organized by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

9. Hearings before the President's Commission on Immigration and Naturalization, Sept. - Oct. 1952. Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives

10. U.S. Dept. of State. Termination of the Occupation Regime in the Federal Republic of Germany. Paris, Oct. 23, 1954

11. Wiener, Frederick Bernays. A Practical Manual of Martial Law. Military Service Publishing Co., 1940

12. U.S. Senate Doc. No. 101. Rules of Civil Procedure for the District Courts of the U.S. 1939

13. "Whom Shall We Welcome". Report of the President's Cimmission on Immigration and Naturalization

14. Wright, William B. The Federal Torts Claims Act, analyzed and annotated. Central Book Co., 1957.

Processing Information

Prepared by Erika Chadbourn, 1968, 1981, 1982.

Schwartz, David. Papers, 1916-1956: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

Repository Details

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