Series 1: Legal Documents
This series contains the transcripts from the Eichmann Trial in 1961. There are a few evidence books that make up a portion of the trial. Musmanno was a witness during the trial and provided documentation that was used during the Nuremberg Trials. His testimony against Eichmann included information received from former Nazi Einsatzgruppen associates. This series takes up about 1.5 cubic feet, and is contained within two boxes. This series is listed in chronological order following the Eichmann Trial. The dates in this series ranges from April to August 1961. This series is useful for researchers looking to understand the Eichmann Trial, and how the man was persecuted for his war crimes.
Series 2: Peripheral Trial Information
This series contains some of the information that was used as evidence against Eichmann in the Trial. Much of the information was taken from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. This collection also contains some speeches and interviews with Musmanno and his immediate opinion on the Eichmann Trial. There is a small section of other commentary regarding the Eichmann Trial. The series is small and is housed in box three. The dates range from 1961-1962.
Series 3: Writings
This series is the largest in the collection and contains documents for Musmanno’s book The Eichmann Commandos, additional personal writings, and some commentary about Eichmann and the trials. The series itself is broken up into three subseries, the first being Eichmann Kommandos. Musmanno’s book focuses on Eichmann and his role in the Einsatzgruppen. Parts of it were written after the Nuremberg Trials under another title The Biggest Murder Trial in History. This series includes partial drafts and research as well as some commentary for the book. More importantly, it contains the publishing agreement for the book. This subseries is split between two boxes taking up about 0.5 cubic foot of space.
The next subseries Personal Writings contains the documents and articles that Musmanno wrote regarding the Eichmann Trial. The dates range from 1961-1963. There is a surplus of the short work “The Death Sentence in the Case of Adolf Eichmann,” and additional copies of it were placed in box ten. The last subseries Trial Commentary, contains additional thoughts on Adolf Eichmann and the Eichmann Trials. Musmmano, had a good deal to say about Hannah Arendt’s work on Eichmann as there are two folders complied that are devoted to his, and others commentary on her work. The dates of this subseries range from 1959-1988. The entire series itself takes up about 2 cubic feet of space and is located in 5 different boxes. This series is useful for researchers because it provides initial reactions from people regarding the Eichmann Trial, which is especially important as the Nuremberg Trials were completed years prior.
Series 4: Correspondence
This series is devoted to the correspondence that Musmanno had with many different people regarding the Eichmann Trial. The series itself is organized chronologically, by year and in some cases by month. Musmanno received and sent many letters about the Trial and about Eichmann. Furthermore, he received a handful of letters from a school in Brooklyn, that are contained within the series. This series takes up about 0.5 cubic feet of space and is split between two half boxes. The dates of the series ranges from 1960-1968. This series is useful as it helps researchers better understand what Musmanno’s motives were for attending the Trial and how he felt about Eichmann.
Series 5: Clippings
This is the last series in the collection and is made up of clippings regarding the Eichmann Trial. The clippings were collected from a number of different newspapers across the nation. This series also contains some pamphlets about the Trial, articles that Musmanno wrote about the Trial as well as foreign language press about it. It is located in two half boxes and makes up about 0.5 cubic feet of space. The dates of this collection range 1961-1968. The series is arranged chronologically by year and month when necessary. This series is useful for researchers looking to understand what other newspaper publications were writing about the Eichmann Trials. It is recommended that one be gentle with the clippings as many are old and fragile.