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Adolf Hitler Collection

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Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was a German dictator and author.

The collection contains letters (1912-1940) to and from Hitler and correspondence files (1915-1945) of various members of the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistiche Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei), including Hitler's adjutants Wilhelm Bruchner and Fritz Wiedemann, as well as Hans Frank, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, the Hohenzollern family, and Rudolf Hess. Original Hitler material consists primarily of birthday wishes, New Year's wishes, and such. Other letters and documents concern Nazi Jewish policy, the concentration camps at Dachau and Buchenwald, military issues, and the Joe Louis/Max Schmeling boxing match (1939). Also present are photographs of Hitler, Hermann Goring, and other officers at the front and in posed portraits, celebrity portraits, ration stamps, Nazi arm bands, a race identification kit, passports, bonds, military identification cards, postcards, Hitler Jugend identification booklets, and a recording of a speech by Paul von Hindenburg (1932). Copies of Hitler's will, political testament, and papers relating to his marriage to Eva Braun are also included. Many of the letters and documents are accompanied by English translations. Most of the Nazi officers present at the Nuremburg Trials are featured in the collection.

An addition to the collection consists of three photograph albums prepared for Hermann Goring by Lutz Heck. The albums contain 183 black and white photographs primarily reflecting Goring's interest in hunting as Commissioner of Woods and Forests. The first album, "Saujagd in Springe, 14 Dezember 1934," contains 84 photographs of Goring and others, boar, lodges, antelope, hunting dogs, etc.; the second, "Roth 1937," contains 56 photographs of Goring and others in hunting parties, at Konigssee and of dogs, boar, etc.; the third, "Rominten 1940," contains 43 photographs of Goring, Werner Molders, Erhard Milch, his daughter Edda, and others, as well as stags, boar and other hunting scenes. Also present are three published books with the ex libris of Adolf Hitler: Meine Kriegserinnerungen 1914-1918 (Berlin: E. S. Mittler, 1919) by Erich Ludendorff, Kamerad Hund; ein Buch fur Tierfreunde (Berlin: Safari-Verlag, 1934) by Alfred Muhr, and Die Armee des Konigreichs Westfalen, 1807-1813 (Berlin, C. Leddihn, 1935) by Fritz Lunsmann.

Originally housed in six boxes, the Hitler collection is now contained in five. Photocopies of original documents were filed separately, along with summary translations. The copies were discarded and translations were placed with the originals. Most documents have translations, some more accurate than others; hand-written correspondence remains for the most part untranslated as the script is a difficult cursive fraktur.

The collection was formed from three accessions: a 1946 gift to Princeton from a Colonel Given, a 1969 purchase from Chicago booksellers, and a 1999 gift from Harry A. Brooks (Class of 1935).

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This collection was processed by Marta Hanewald in May 1992 and updated by Barbara Volz in 1999. Finding aid written by Marta Hanewald in May 1992.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Marta Hanewald
Finding Aid Date
1999
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence to/from Adolf Hitler and from members and officers of the NSDAP. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of author (or, in some cases the recipient) within each subseries.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Amann, Max, 1924. 1 box.
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1 box

Arab Women's Committee, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Axmann, Artur, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Baarova, Lida, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Blomberg, Werner, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Bodenschatz, Karl, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Bohle, E.W., 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

to: Bormann, Albert, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Bormann, Martin, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

to: Bruckner, Wilhelm, 1935. 1 box.
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1 box

Bruning, Heinrich, 1932. 1 box.
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1 box

Buchenwald, 1944. 1 box.
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1 box

Dachau, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Darre, R. Walther, 1935. 1 box.
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1 box

Daluege, Kurt, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Eckener, Hugo von, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Epp, Franz von, 1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Faulhaber, Cardinal, 1933. 1 box.
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1 box

Forker, Albert, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Forro, Hans, 1945. 1 box.
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1 box

Fran, N, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Frank, Hans, 1931-1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Frauenfeld, A.E., 1935. 1 box.
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1 box

Frick, Wilhelm, 1933. 1 box.
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1 box

Funk, Walther, 1938-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Furtwangler, Wilhelm, 1935. 1 box.
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1 box

Goebbels, Joseph, 1932. 1 box.
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1 box

Gurtner, Franz, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Haerlin, Friede, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Haushofer, Albrecht, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Haushofer, H, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Haushofer, Karl, 1938-1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Heck, Lutz, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Helldorf, Wolf von, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Henlein, Konrad, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Herrman, Kurt, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Hess, Rudolf, 1928. 1 box.
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1 box

Hessen, Philipp von, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Heydrich, Reinhard, 1937-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Himmler, Heinrich, 1938-1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hitler, Adolf (4 folders), 1921-1937. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hitler, Paula, 1939. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hohenzollern Family, 1933. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hohenzollern, Prince A. Wilhelm, 1934. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hohenzollern, Prince Wilhelm, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Horny, R, 1945. 1 box.
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1 box

Hossbach, Oberst, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Hugenberg, Alfred, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Jacobsen, Jakob, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Jodl, Alfred, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Jugo, Jenny, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Kalkreuth, Baroness von, 1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Kauss, Willy, 1935. 1 box.
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1 box

Keitel, Wilhelm, 1940-1941. 1 box.
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1 box

Kerrl, Hanns, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Koch, Karl, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Krupp von Boglen und Halbach, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Kube, Wilhelm, 1933. 1 box.
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1 box

Laval, Pierre, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Ley, Inga, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Ley, Robert, 1932. 1 box.
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1 box

List, Guido von, 1916-1918. 1 box.
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1 box

Lorenz, Heinz, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Ludendorff, Erich, 1915. 1 box.
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1 box

Ludendorff, Frau, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Ludwig, Walther, 1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Lutze, Victer, 1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Mayer, D, 1931. 1 box.
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1 box

Meissner, Otto von, 1939-1940. 1 box.
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1 box

Milch, Erhard, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Muller, Ludwig, 1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Niemoller, E, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Neurath, Konstantin von, 1934. 1 box.
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1 box

Ohlendorf, Otto, 1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Papen, Franz von, 1932-1935. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Reinhardt, George-Hans, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Ribbentrop, Gertrud von, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Ribbentrop, Joachim von, 1932. 1 box.
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1 box

Riefenstahl, Leni, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Rohm, Ernst, 1923. 1 box.
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1 box

Rosenberg, Alfred, 1924. 1 box.
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1 box

Roswenge, Helge, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Rothschilds, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Rust, Bernhard, 1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Salen Sermiti, Bedi, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Saukel, Fritz, 1936-1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Schacht, Hjalmar, 1935-1936. 1 box.
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1 box

Schaub, Julius, 1938-1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Schirach, Baldur von, 1937-1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Schmeling-Louis Boxing Match, 1939. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Schulenburg, Freda von der, 1938-1939. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Schwarz, Franz Xaver, 1930. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Seldte, Franz, 1936. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Seyss-Inquart, Arthur, 1938-1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Stinnes, Hugo, 1934. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Streicher, Julius, 1924. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Stresemann, Gustav, 1925. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Todt, Fritz, 1938. 1 box.
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1 box

Tramp, Walter, 1937. 1 box.
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1 box

Trost, Robert, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Volke, Franz, 1939. 1 box.
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1 box

Wagner, Adolf, 1936. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wagner, Eva Chamberlain, 1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wagner, Winifred, 1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wiedemann, Fritz, 1935-1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Fanny G, 1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wilson, Hugh R, 1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Wust, Ida, 1938-1939. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous Correspondence, A-Z, 1914. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of bonds and ration coupons issued by the Deutschen Reichs, passports of members of the NSDAP as well as photocopies of Hitler's Political Testament, Private Will, and papers relating to his marriage to Eva Braun.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Bonds, Ration Coupons, 1917-1918. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Political Testament, Will, Marriage papers, 1945. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Passports, Identification Cards, 1938-1944. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Consists of NSDAP armbands, identification tags, a test kit for hair, eye, and skin coloring, a recording of a speech by Paul von Hindenburg (1932), and a stamp album.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

1 box

Armbands, Identification Tags, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Identification Kit for Eyes, Hair, Skin, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Postage Stamps, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Recording of Paul von Hindenburg speech, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Contains fragments of correspondence, poems, and other unidentified material.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Fragments, Unidentified, 1914. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

consists of photographs removed from correspondence located in Series I as well as photographs of Hitler at various functions, and members and officers of the NSDAP in portraits. An addition consists of 3 photograph albums prepared for Hermann Goring by Lutz Heck containing 183 black and white photographs of Goring, other officers, friends and family mainly on hunting trips in the Bavarian mountains.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject of photograph.

Physical Description

2 boxes

A-Z (Miscellaneous), circa 1935-1945. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Hitler, Adolf, circa 1927-1944. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Ley, Robert, circa 1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Streicher, Julius, circa 1935-1945. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Officers, Third Reich, A-Z (2 folders), circa 1935-1945. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

"Saujagd in Springe, ", 1934 December 14. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

"Roth, ", 1937. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

"Rominten, ", 1940. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Contains three books with the bookplate of Adolf Hitler.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Description

1 box

Ludendorff, Erich, Meine Kriegserinnerungen, 1914-1918 (Berlin: E. S. Mittler, 1919), with ex libris of Adolf Hitler, 1914-1918. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Lunsmann, Fritz, Die Armee des Konigreichs Westfalen, 1807-1813 (Berlin, C. Leddihn, 1935), with ex libris of Adolf Hitler, 1807-1813. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Muhr, Alfred, Kamerad Hund; ein Buch fur Tierfreunde (Berlin: Safari-Verlag, 1934), with ex libris of Adolf Hitler, 1934. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest