Paul R. Foster papers

Abstract

The Paul R. Foster papers (dated 1946-1951, 0.96 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consist of copies of indictments, photograps of the tribunal in session and of the defendants and a copy of the verdict as well as a prepared summary of the German War Criminal Trial at Nuremburg in 1945-1946.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Paul R. Foster papers
Creator
Foster, Paul R.
Extent
0.96 Cubic Feet
Subjects
War crime trials -- Germany
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Lucille Sell
Preferred Citation
65m142: [identification of item] Paul R. Foster papers, 1945-1951, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Paul R. Foster was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, January 13, 1926. He enlisted in the army in August 1943 and was commander of the courtroom guard at the Nuremberg War Crime Trials during 1945-1946. The prisoners were in the custody of the guard during trial proceedings. After his guard service was completed, he studied Commerce at the University of Kentucky from fall 1947 through spring 1949, returning as a junior in 1951. From April to September 1949, Foster returned to active duty, serving with the Seventh Infantry Division in Japan. Foster married Caroline Walker in 1949. He died in a car crash on August 7, 1964.
Sources: UK Student Was Head Of Guard At Nuernberg War Crime Trials, Herald-Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 1951 January 14; communication with nephew, John Devney, September 4, 2013.
Scope and Content
The Paul R. Foster papers (dated 1946-1951, 0.96 cubic feet; 4 boxes) consist of copies of indictments, photograps of the tribunal in session and of the defendants and a copy of the verdict as well as a prepared summary of the German War Criminal Trial at Nuremburg in 1945-1946. The indictment covers the history of the Nazi's party's control in Germany and Nazi aggression and details methods of extermination, torture and slave labor, devastation and other crimes. Foster collected the signatures of all the defendant's in the trial including those sentenced to death: Hermann Goering, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilheim Keitel, Dr. Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilheim Frick, Julius Streicher, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Seyss-Inquart. In the collection is a separate certification for each signature to verify that it is a true one. The photographs were gathered into an album by Charles W. Alexander, director of photography for the trial. Also included in the collection are the books published using Charles W. Alexander's photographs.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Nuremberg photographs, circa 1945-1946

Check Point: Foster, Gouwen and two EM, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 1
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Check Point: Foster, Gouwen and two EM checking identification, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 2
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Foster and defendant box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 3
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Colonel Andrews, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 4
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Colonel Andrews, Lieutenant Cook, and Foster, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 5-6
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Defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 7
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Court recorders, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 8
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Defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 9-10
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View of press gallery, visitor's gallery and prosecution, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 11
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Unknown man outside of car, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 12
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Men walking outside, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 1, item 13
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Defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 1-2
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View of Courtroom from press gallery facing judges, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 3
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Defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 4-6
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View of courtroom from galley, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 7-10
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View of defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 11
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Colonel Andrews, Lieutenant Cook and Foster, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 2, item 12
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Colonel W[ifriars]?: Munich, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 1
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Defendant's box and Paul Foster, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 2
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View of court room from press gallery forward to witness stand, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 3
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View of courtroom from press gallery towards judges, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 4
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Partial view of defendant's box showing Goering and Foster in summer, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 5
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Goering on witness stand, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 6
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View of press gallery visitors gallery and prosecution tables, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 7
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Tribunal bench, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 8
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Exterior of Palace of Justice to include all buildings, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 9
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Partial view of defendant's box showing Goering and Foster in wintertime, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 10
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Interior of cell, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 11
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Hess in defendant's box with Lieutenant Gilbert and Lieutenant Nalle, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 12
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Tribunal bench, witness stand, court recorders, and defense counsel taken from defendant's box, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 13
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Close up view exterior front Palace of Justice, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 14
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Doentil on witness stand, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 15
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Justice Jackson speaking to tribunal, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 16
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Summer view from front of defendant's box with Foster, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 17
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View of corridor on return from lunch, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 18
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View of corridor on return from lunch with different subject, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 19
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Telephoto view of Foster at post, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 20
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Group photo courtroom guard, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 21
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Cell block showing guards, circa 1945-1946

  • Box 3, item 22
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Nuremberg papers, 1945-951, undated

Printed photograph of defendant's box, undated

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Nuremberg by Charles W. Alexander, 1946

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Justice at Nuremberg by Charles W. Alexander and Anna Keeshan, undated

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Greeting card from Nuremberg with autographs, 1946

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Text of the verdicts, 1946 October

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Nuremberg newspaper clippings, 1946-1951

  • Box 4, folder 6
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International Military Tribunal 6850th Internal Security Detachment brassard, International Military Tribunal Indictment and related British, United States, and German pamphlets and Indictment, 1945-1946

  • Box 4, folder 8
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International Military Tribunal official documents, 1946

  • Box 4, folder 9
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International Military Tribunal passes, 1945-1946

  • Box 4, folder 10
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