Select Documents from Presidential Libraries
Boxes 1-11 location: 230/86/43/7
Notice to Researchers in Records Released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Records Act
The Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG), in implementing the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Records Act, has taken the broadest view in identifying records that may be responsive to the Acts. Information relevant to the Acts is often found among files related to other subjects. In order to preserve the archival integrity of the files, the IWG and the National Archives and Records Administration, where possible, have released entire files together, not just those items related to Nazi or Japanese war criminals, crimes, persecution, and looted assets. These records may relate to persons who are war criminals, former Axis personnel who are not war criminals, victims of war crimes or persecution, or civilian or military personnel investigating Nazi activities. The records may also include mention of, or information about, persons having no connection to these activities.
This is a non-record, reference set of copies of documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries. Each library responded to requests from the IWG that they examine their holdings in response to the Disclosure Acts, and the copies of documents they provided make up this reference set. Major topics include wartime and post-war developments in Yugoslavia, and requests for a Presidential pardon for Iva Toguri dAquino, a.k.a. Tokyo Rose, who was convicted of treason for making radio broadcast for Japan during World War II.
Researchers should be aware that each Presidential Library may have more records that relate to Nazi and Japanese war crimes. This is particularly true of the Eisenhower Library. While records from the Eisenhower Library make up the largest single component of the reference set, the Library has many more.
Also of possible interest are the Katherine Fite Lincoln papers at the Truman Library.
All questions regarding these and other relevant records likely to be in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration should be directed to: Archives2reference@nara.gov