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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.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Norbert George Barr papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Transferred from the Law Library, 1983.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Date of acquisition--03/02/1983. Accession number--M83-03-02.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/31/1989.
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.
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.