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Scrapbooks Collection: A Sub-group of the Honorable Michael A. Musmanno Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 017

Scope and Contents

The Musmanno scrapbook collection is made up of 18 linear feet of individually wrapped scrapbooks that were compiled by or about Michael Musmanno. The scrapbooks span most of his career from 1924 to 1968. Though their condition varies per individual volume, the glue holding many of the clippings in the books is breaking down. As a result, many of the clippings are coming loose from the pages. The scrapbooks are arranged in five series. Series 1 is made up of 13.5 linear feet of scrapbooks containing general clippings about Musmanno’s life and interests. Some of the volumes in this series deal with specific subjects, but most cover a variety of topics. The books also contain numerous articles that feature Musmanno himself; they cover most of the years between 1924 and 1968. Series 2 is made up of almost 3 linear feet of folio sized scrapbooks dealing with Musmanno’s time as a judge at the Nuremburg Trials. Series 3 consists of four slender scrapbooks that contain the newspaper column Week to Week that was written by Musmanno from 1926 to 1928. Series 4 is made up of approximately 1.5 linear foot of scrapbooks that contain articles related to his nephew, Judge William Cercone. These volumes date from 1959 to 1968. Series 5 has one volume that was compiled in 1968 after Musmanno’s death as a memorial scrapbook. Overall, the scrapbooks provide an excellent record of Judge Musmanno’s public career.

Dates

  • 1924 - 1968

Biographical / Historical

Michael A. Musmanno was born April 7, 1897, in Stowe Township, Allegheny County, PA. In 1923, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and worked several years as an attorney. He served 4 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and, in 1932; he began his lifelong career as a jurist. In 1951, he became a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. During the World War II, Captain Musmanno served as naval aide to General Mark Clark, Fifth Army, during the Italian invasion. Musmanno led the U.S. investigation to determine if Adolf Hitler died at the end of the war. He served as a presiding judge at the Nuremberg War Crime trials and retired from active duty as a rear admiral. During his postwar career he was elected as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judge, a position he held until his death. In 1964 Musmanno ran an unsuccessful campaign for United States Senate. Aside from his political career he was a prolific writer, publishing 16 books, including Ten Days To Die, Black Fury, Across the Street From the Courthouse, The Story of Italians in America, and Columbus Was First as well as a number of short stories and articles. Judge Musmanno passed away at the age of 71 on Columbus Day, October 12, 1968.

Extent

18 Linear Feet (Scrapbooks individually wrapped )

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Series 1 is made up of scrapbooks containing general clippings about Musmanno’s life and interests. Some of the volumes in this series deal with specific subjects, but most cover a variety of topics. The books also contain numerous articles that feature Musmanno himself; they cover most of the years between 1924 and 1968.

Arrangement

Series 2 is made up of folio-sized scrapbooks dealing with Musmanno’s time as a judge at the Nuremburg Trials.

Arrangement

Series 3 consists of four slender scrapbooks, wrapped together, that contain the newspaper column Week to Week that was written by Musmanno from 1926 to 1928.

Arrangement

Series 4 is made up of scrapbooks that contain articles related to his nephew, Judge William Cercone. These volumes date from 1959 to 1968.

Arrangement

Series 5 has one volume that was compiled in 1968 after Musmanno’s death as a memorial scrapbook.

Related Materials

WWII Collection number 18 contains a series of scrapbooks devoted to newspaper clippings about the war and the war efforts.

General

The personal papers and library of the former Pennsylvania State Supreme Court justice, congressman, and author Michael A. Musmanno are located in the University Archives at Duquesne University. Documents include papers from Musmanno’s time as a defense attorney in the Sacco & Vanzetti trial, judge in the Nuremburg Trials, witness in the case against Adolf Eichmann, and interviews with Hitler’s associates. The collection also covers papers related to campaigns to end the Sunday Blue Laws, illegalize the Communist Party and to disband the Coal and Iron Police. This particular collection is an extension of these holdings, containing the clippings and photographs from the lifetime of Judge Musmanno. This collection contains scrapbooks of Musmanno’s personal life, career, as well as interests.

Processing Information

Reprocessed and Updated by Gina DelGreco October 2017. Processed by Michael Hassett, February 2011.

Title
Scrapbooks Collection
Subtitle
Duquesne University Archives and Special Collections
Status
Completed
Author
Gina DelGreco
Date
October 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Edition statement
Reprocessed and Updated by Gina DelGreco October 2017. Processed by Michael Hassett, February 2011

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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