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Alexander, Leo. Papers, 1883-2001: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: 11526944
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Alexander, Leo
Title: Leo Alexander papers, 1883-2001
Date(s): 1883-2001
Quantity: 13.5 linear feet (30 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers relating to the life of Leo Alexander including documents from his involvement in the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial in Nuremberg, Germany (1946-1947) and his personal and professional life in Vienna, Peiping and Boston (1905-1985.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated by Cecily Alexander Grable in 2007.

Processing Information:

Processed by Allison Thompson, December 2011

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 Historical and 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 Historical and 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.

Historical/Biographical Information


Series List/Description

Scope and Contents

The papers of Leo Alexander span the years 1883-2001. However, most of the items in this collection fall between the years 1929 and 1947.
The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, trial documents, articles, news clippings, medical research, financial statements, legal documents, telegrams, translated documents, drafts of documents, handwritten notes, personal writings, off-prints, video tapes, photographs, reports, a diary, blueprints, and school notebooks and documents. Many of the documents are in German, with most of the correspondence being in English.
The papers of Leo Alexander relate primarily to his work as a professor of psychiatry and neurology at the Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Duke University and Peiping Union Medical College. Also included are documents and correspondence from his position as a key medical advisor to the prosecution during the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial. There are also items relating to his personal life in Austria, China and the United States.
The collection includes a visual materials component. For more information, please contact the Curator of Modern Manuscripts.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Human experimentation in medicine--Germany--History--20th century
Human experimentation in medicine--Law and legislation--Germany.
Medical sciences--Research--Moral and ethical aspects
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
War crime trials--Germany--Nuremberg--History--20th century.
Zhongguo xie he yi ke da xue (Peiping Union Medical College)
Alexander, Gisela
Alexander, Gustav, 1873-1932
Alexander, Leo, 1905-
Alexander, Phyllis Harrington
Brandt, Karl, 1904-1948--Trials, litigation, etc.
Brandt, Rudolf, 1909-1948
Grawitz, Ernst Robert, 1899-1945
Rascher, Nini
Rascher, Sigmund
Spohr, Irene