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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 9367579

Joseph M. Stone photographs and memoranda


Photographs, memoranda and books relating to Joseph M. Stone's work as a lawyer during the Nuremberg Trials.


  • 1946-1998

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.


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The photographs and memoranda created by Joseph M. Stone are a product of his time spent working as a lawyer during the Nuremberg Trials. The photographs contain images of the trial, as well as the city of Nuremberg. There is some correspondence with other Nuremberg lawyers and research Stone did on the trials that dates to the 1990’s. The collection also includes two bound volumes containing reports on trials he worked on and the conditions at German concentration camps.

Historical/Biographical Information

Joseph M. Stone was born March 5, 1917. Before entering his career in law, politics, and labor relations, Stone graduated from The City College of New York and then from the Brooklyn Law School. He and his wife Estelle raised three children: Judith, Diana and Douglas.

Stone began his career in the Labor Department of the US government. However, in 1947 his service was interrupted as he was called upon to participate in the Nuremberg trials. Stone joined a team of lawyers under the leadership of Telford Taylor, and was one of the prosecutors of the Flick Case.This case was the fifth of a second-wave of twelve Nuremberg hearings. Friedrich Flick was a wealthy industrialist who was one of six defendants in this case charged with using slave labor, the deportation for labor of civilians of German-occupied territories, and the use of POWs for war operations. The defendants were additionally charged with participating in the plunder of public and private property, spoliation, and offenses against property which came under German occupation. While his co-defendants were only found guilty on a few of the charges brought against them, Flick was found guilty on three out of the five, receiving a seven-year sentence.

After Nuremberg, Stone returned to the Labor Department until he decided to go into private practice focusing on labor law. Eventually he became a labor arbitrator and he helped found the National Association of Utility Contractors. Stone died on May 6, 1996.

Series List

  1. Series I: Photos, n.d.

    There are approximately 70 photographs in this collection. They are divided into two folders of 8x10 photographs, five folders of smaller photographs and one folder containing a picture book. The photographs have been arranged by size.

  2. Series II: Memoranda 1946-1998 1946-1998 This series is divided into three subseries according to the dates, subject matter, and type of documents.
  3. ___ Subseries A: Nuremberg 1946-1947 1946-1947 Original memos and photocopies of originals directly relating to the Nuremberg trials.
  4. ___ Subseries B: Post-Nuremberg 1994-1996 1994-1996 A small series of memos circulated among former Nuremberg lawyers. There is also one letter from Stone to Drexel and Virginia Sprecher.
  5. ___ Subseries C: Articles/Pamphlets 1948-1998 1948-1998 A mixture of articles, both from the 1940s and the 1990s, about Nuremberg, and pamphlets from National Archives Microfilm Publications that serve as guides to the indicated microfilm collections.
  6. Series III: Books, n.d.

    Two books belonging to Stone. The first one contains reports on the Flick Case, slave labor briefs, and Saukel Speer Testimony. The second book is a report on various aspects of life at the concentration camps.

Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5, folder 12.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Estelle Stone to the Harvard Law School Library, 2004.

General note

  1. Sprecher, Drexel A., 1913-2006.
  2. Stone, Joseph M.
  3. War crime trials -- Germany -- Nuremberg.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Peachy March 2008

Joseph M. Stone photographs and memoranda, 1946-1998: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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