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Dean's Fellows: Projects

The United States of America vs. Alfried Krupp, et al.

Description: Of the various trials for war crimes held in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of the Second World War, the Krupp Trial was the tenth in a series of twelve military tribunals held under the jurisdiction of the American occupation zone. The trial lasted from December 8, 1947 until July 31, 1948.  The presiding judge assigned to the Krupp Trial (United States of America vs. Alfried Krupp, et al) was Hu C. Anderson, who was then presiding judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The contents of the Krupp Trial Collection (34,000 pages housed in 50 archival boxes) are the personal papers of Judge Anderson which he used at the trial and later donated to the Law School of Vanderbilt University. These papers include: trial transcripts, affidavits, certificates of translation, maps, photostats and hand written notes kept by Judge Anderson. The materials of the Krupp Trial Collection will make a valuable contribution to the ongoing narrative of human rights, war crimes, abuse of power, theft of property and slave labor.

With the assistance of library personnel from multiple departments, a Dean’s Fellow will undertake the beginning stages of preparing a digital collection of Judge Anderson’s personal papers and documents related to the Krupp Trial.

Duties: The Dean’s Fellow will, with guidance and training, create an online Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aid for the collection. The Dean’s Fellow will also engage in historical research to provide content for the finding aid as well as supplemental content to enhance and contextualize the collection for use in future research and scholarship.

Skills Needed Or To Be Developed: The Dean’s Fellow will learn about the best practices for archival arrangement and description and develop skills to create an EAD finding aid for the collection.  For the historical research component of the project, students will be exposed to Vanderbilt resources and perhaps those of other libraries, both locally, nationally, or internationally. All applicants must have excellent written communication skills.

Potential Candidates: Students with an interest in law, history, political science

Mentors: Jason Sowards, Associate Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt Law School; Kathy Smith, Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives

Dates of Employment: Spring and Summer semesters 2016 (January 1, 2016-August 1, 2016)
Please note, this is a 2 semester project.

Contact: Jason Sowards (615) 322-1438 or Kathy Smith (615) 343-8544

Follow the Application Process to apply for this fellowship. Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2015.

See other Spring 2016 Fellowships