William A. Spiegler collection related to Josiah E. DuBois, Jr.
This collection contains material collected by the late historian William A. Spiegler, who was preparing to write a biography of Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. Though much of the collection consists of copies from various archival sources and publications, it is an excellent resource for historians studying DuBois and his work with the War Refugee Board and on the I.G. Farben trial. The collection includes original and copied drafts, with handwritten changes, corrections, and notes, of “The Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews,” “Personal Report to the President,” and “Memorandum for Secretary Hull.” The “Acquiescence” report has received a great deal of scholarly attention and though a few scholars have mentioned seeing the drafts, they were not previously accessible. The collection also contains a photocopy of notes which DuBois made on a visit to the State Department in December 1943 regarding State Department cables 354 and 482; this visit, too, has received a great deal of scholarly attention, though DuBois’ notes have never previously been available.
The collection also contains DuBois’ travel paperwork for the multiple overseas trips he took on behalf of the Treasury Department during the war, incoming and outgoing correspondence logs, and copies of Treasury Department bureaucratic memorandum. A small notebook he kept while in Europe in the summer of 1945 for the Moscow Conference is also included. There is also a great deal of correspondence between DuBois and Edward Johnson, who assisted DuBois in the preparation and writing of The Devil’s Chemists and documentation regarding DuBois’ attempts to market his work.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Louis Spiegler
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