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Norbert George Barr papers, 1942-1953

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains documents, manuscripts, printed material and photographs relating to Barr's service with U.S. Army Military Intelligence and the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission, in addition to personal correspondence.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0081
Bib ID 4078961 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Barr, Norbert George, 1901- ; Von Dziecielski, Herbert Pohle
Title Norbert George Barr papers, 1942-1953
Physical Description 12.5 linear feet (12.5 linear feet 30 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English, French and German.
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series: Series I: Norbert George Barr Papers, 1942-1953

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and printed materials. The papers cover the years 1942-1953, during which time he served with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence, participated in the Nürnberg war crimes trials, and was employed by the U.S. Displaced Persons Commission. At Nürnberg, he first held the position of interrogator and later helped edit trial documents for publication. The correspondence is largely of a personal nature, although some is work-related. With the manuscripts are three bound typescript carbon copies of essays on Nazi Germany by Herbert Pohle von Dziecielski, an engineer in the Speer ministry. The majority of the collection consists of interrogation summaries of presoners of war and defendants. Among other materials, there are also numbered 3x5 cards listing items of evidence, documents and evidence on individuals and institutions, a translation of the journal of the German Chief of the Army General Staff from August 14, 1939 to September 24, 1942, and reports on displaced persons. The photographs are few: most are of an unidentified possible atrocity. The printed materials, in English, French, German, include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and books and range in date from 1937 to 1951.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Norbert George Barr papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/31/1989.

Revision Description

2012-03-05 xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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Germany. Wehrmacht. Oberkommando Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National socialism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
News photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political refugees -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Refugees -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Department of the Army. General Staff. Military Intelligence Division Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Displaced Persons Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
War crime trials -- Germany (West) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Writer, journalist. Born in Vienna, Austria, Barr was a free-lance news photographer and journalist from 1925 to 1939, traveling extensively in Europe and the Middle East. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was discharged in 1945.