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HOLLIS 601634

Keenan, Joseph Berry. Papers, 1942-1947 : Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601634
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Keenan, Joseph Berry, 1888-1954
Title: Joseph Berry Keenan papers
Date(s): 1942-1947
Date(s): 1945-1947.
Date(s): 1945-1947.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Joseph Berry Keenan Papers (1942-1947) consists of personal and business correspondence, documents, and memos, as well as newspaper clippings and photographs. The bulk of the papers concern Keenan's work as Chief Counsel in the International Prosecution Section (IPS) of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) for the Japanese War Crime Trials following World War II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information:

Erika Chadbourne, n.d. Reprocessed by Sally Vermaaten, March 2004.

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. Publication contingent upon confidentiality statement signed by patron: see forms in Manuscripts office.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The Joseph Berry Kennan Papers have been digitized and can be viewed here.

Historical/Biographical Information



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Scope and Contents

The Joseph Berry Keenan Papers (1942-1947) primarily consists of correspondence and documents written during, and often about, Keenan's work as Chief Counsel in the International Prosecution Section (IPS) of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) for the Japanese war crime trials following World War II.
The letters to and from Joseph Keenan that make up the bulk of the collection often mix legal and personal business. Keenan corresponds with fellow lawyers, members of the Federal judiciary, business partners, clients, politicians, associates and servicemen in Japan, as well friends. There is a significant amount of correspondence with Robert Murphy and other members of Keenan's Washington firm about its activities while Keenan is in Tokyo. Among the papers are documents relating to the court-martial of Major Walter V. Radovich, a three-page transcript of a 1946 interview with Madame Chiang-Kai-Shek, letters from Japanese and American citizens expressing their opinions on the war crime trials and the war itself, as well some candid notes by Keenan (in Series II and VI) on Japan and his work. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, photographs, business cards, and notes.

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Additional Index Terms

War crime trials -- Japan
War criminals
World War, 1939-1945--Japan
Bazelon, David L. (David Lionel), 1909-
Burton, Harold Hitz, 1888-1964.
Busch, August Anheuser, 1899-1989
Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897-
Clark, Thomas Campbell, 1899-
Di Frasso, Dorothy.
Fay, George Morris.
Filhelly, John W.
Forrestal, James V., 1892-1949.
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
Johnston, Olin D.
Keenan, Joseph Berry, 1888-1954.
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964.
McGohey, John F.X.
McGrath, J. Howard.
McKellar, Kenneth.
Murphy, Robert T.
Patterson, Robert P.
Radovich, Walter V.
Royall, Kenneth C.
Stainback, Ingram M.
Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
Wherry, Kenneth S.