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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 5995920

Leonard Wheeler, Jr. papers relating to the Nuremberg Trials


Papers collected by Leonard Wheeler, Jr. during and after the Nuremberg trials, including briefs, memoranda, evidence, reports, correspondence and newspaper clippings from 1945-1947.


  • Creation: 1945-1947.

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-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.


5 boxes

This collection contain papers collected by Leonard Wheeler, Jr., during and after his experience as assistant trial counsel at the trials of Nazi war criminals before the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. The papers include trial briefs, memoranda, evidence and reports prepared by Wheeler and other members of the prosecution, as well as newspaper clippings and correspondence, and span the years 1945 to 1947.

Historical/Biographical Information

Leonard Wheeler, Jr. was born in 1901 in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Law Review for two years. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and later as Assistant Trial Counsel during the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals. In addition to processing war-related documents in the London office of the OCC (Office of Chief of Counsel), Wheeler was also responsible for preparing several reports used in the trial, such as "Suppression of the Christian Churches in Germany and in the Occupied Territories" (3-1).

He was a member and partner in the Boston firm of Goodwin, Procter from 1925 until his 1971 retirement in addition to serving in the leadership of several nonprofit organizations. Wheeler died in 1995.

Series List/Description

  1. Series I: Nuremberg Trial Papers, 1945-19461945-1946
  2. Series II: Correspondence, News Clippings and Miscellany, 1945-19471945-1947

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

Donated by Leonard Wheeler, Jr. in April 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Fenning, February 2006

Leonard Wheeler, Jr., Papers relating to the Nuremberg Trials, 1945-1947: 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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