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Eli Whitney Debevoise Papers, 1949-1962
(3 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The papers of Eli W. Debevoise (EWD) document his position as the deputy general counsel with the High Commission for Germany-Office of General Counsel (HICOG-OGC) from 1950-1953 and his ongoing interest in US-German affairs. In addition to providing a picture of EWD's work at HICOG, this collection serves as an important adjunct to the papers of John J. McCloy, also held at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. McCloy was not only a friend of EWD, but also his superior at HICOG. While the Debevoise Papers include personal and professional correspondence, appointment calendars and other administrative material, memoranda, and speeches, the majority is published material relating to post-World War II Germany.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Eli W. Debevoise Papers for research use. Selected items may be restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals or for other legal reasons. Particularly fragile or valuable items have been replaced with copies.

Restrictions on use:

All copyrights held by Eli W. Debevoise or his heirs were transferred to Amherst College along with the papers. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of other copyrights. Requests for permission to publish material from the papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College.

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Biographical Note

Eli Whitney Debevoise (1899-1990) co-founded the New York law firm of Debevoise & Stevenson (later Debevoise & Plimpton) in 1931. During World War II he served as chairman of an Alien Enemy Hearing Board in New York City, where he ruled on the eligibility of aliens to remain in the country during the war. From 1950 to 1953 he was appointed deputy general counsel with the High Commission for Germany - Office of General Counsel (HICOG-OGC).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Eli W. Debevoise (EWD) document his position as the deputy general counsel with the High Commission for Germany-Office of General Counsel (HICOG-OGC) from 1950-1953 and his ongoing interest in US-German affairs. In addition to providing a picture of EWD's work at HICOG, this collection serves as an important adjunct to the papers of John J. McCloy, also held at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. McCloy was not only a friend of EWD, but also his superior at HICOG. While the Debevoise Papers include personal and professional correspondence, appointment calendars and other administrative material, memoranda, and speeches, the majority is published material relating to post-World War II Germany.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Eli W. Debevoise Papers for research use. Selected items may be restricted to protect the privacy rights of individuals or for other legal reasons. Particularly fragile or valuable items have been replaced with copies.

Restrictions on use:

All copyrights held by Eli W. Debevoise or his heirs were transferred to Amherst College along with the papers. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of other copyrights. Requests for permission to publish material from the papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Eli Whitney Debevoise Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Accession #:93-014
Processed: 1993 Nov - 1994 Jan
By:Peter Weis, UMass/Amherst Intern


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE,
1953-1962, (bulk 1953-1954)


SERIES 1: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE includes personal correspondence relating to Debevoise' return to the US after his resignation from HICOG, requests for State Department reimbursement for moving expenses, as well as other correspondence, not directly related to any of EWD's offices or roles. Official correspondence can be found in series 2 and 3.

Personal correspondence
1953 Jan-Feb

Box 1: folder 1
Personal correspondence
1953 Mar-Apr

Box 1: folder 2
Personal correspondence
1953 May-Dec

Box 1: folder 3
Personal correspondence
1954 Jan-Aug

Box 1: folder 4
Personal correspondence
1962 Nov 1954-Mar

Box 1: folder 5
Series 2: HICOG-OGC ADMINISTRATIVE FILES,
1951-1953


SERIES 2: HICOG-OGC ADMINISTRATIVE FILES details EWD's appointments and activities during his tenure as Deputy General Counsel. Includes personnel changes in the office hierarchy, some correspondence, memoranda and one court case.

EWD HICOG Appointments and Resignation
1951 Jun-1953 Jan

Box 1: folder 6
EWD Daily and Weekly Appointment Calendars
1951 Aug-Oct

Box 1: folder 7
EWD Daily and Weekly Appointment Calendars
1951 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 8
EWD Daily and Weekly Appointment Calendars
1952 Jan

Box 1: folder 9
EWD Daily and Weekly Appointment Calendars
1952 Feb-Mar

Box 1: folder 10
EWD Daily and Weekly Appointment Calendars
1952 Apr-Aug

Box 1: folder 11
Office of Political Affairs--Internal Affairs Division --Reports of Bundestag Meetings
1952 Sep, Oct

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence of the Deputy High Commissioner
1951 Sep-1953 Jan

Box 1: folder 13
Correspondence Between EWD and HICOG Appeals Court Judge William Clark
1951 Aug-1953 Jan

Box 1: folder 14
European Defense Community Treaty Compatibility Report (with the GV and TV Treaties) for Mr. Schwartz
1953 Mar 12

Box 1: folder 15
Court Case: HICOG vs. Vaclav Hrnecek, Crim 52-A5-486
Sep 16-Dec 4, 1953

Box 1: folder 16
I.G. Farben Decartellisation
1951 Sep 9

Box 1: folder 17
Imprisoned War Criminals, Medical Paroles For
1952 Jul-Nov

Box 1: folder 18
Personnel/Office Organization and Reorganization
1951 May-1952 Aug

Box 1: folder 19
Office Personnel
1951 May-1953 Jan

Box 1: folder 20
Personnel Resumés
1951 Jun-Aug

Box 1: folder 21
Series 3: PROFESSIONAL,
1952-1962


SERIES 3: PROFESSIONAL contains material pertaining to EWD's continued professional interest in Germany after he left HICOG: his involvement in two German-American Conferences and his concern over the question of German war reparations. It includes a sub-series of public appearances on topics relating to Germany.




American-German Conference, Bad Godesberg, Germany
1959 Oct 1-4

Box 1: folder 22
American Council on Germany, American-German Conference, Washington D.C.
1961 Feb 16-19

Box 1: folder 23
Arbitral Commission, Post-War Return of Vested Enemy Property-Return of Confiscated Property
1952, 1955-1961

Box 1: folder 24
Arbitral Commission, German Reparations to Italy
1952 May-1961 Oct

Box 1: folder 25
Public Appearances



Atlanta Lawyers Club, Speech
1954 May

Box 1: folder 26
Society for Comparative Law, Speech, "Methods of Raising Capital Under Stock Corporation Laws," (Eng. and Ger.)
1952 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 27
Yale University, Embree Lectures, I-III
1953

Box 1: folder 28
Notes for Embree Lectures
1953

Box 1: folder 29
Speeches and Public Appearances
1953 Jan-1962 Mar

Box 1: folder 30
HICOG-OGC Related



"600,000 Cases Later," by Worth McCauley, chief attorney for HICOG
n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
Series 4: PHOTOS,
1955 Dec


SERIES 4: PHOTOS includes five photographs taken during the board of directors meeting of the Ford Motor Co. at which they announced the sale of stock shares. John J. McCloy was a board member and is in these photos.

Ford Motor Co. Stock Sale--Board of Directors Meetings, Life Magazine photos by Alfred Eisenstadt
1955 Dec 9

Box 1: folder 32
Series 5: PRINTED MATERIAL,
1949-1962


SERIES 5: PRINTED MATERIAL By volume, the bulk of the collection is in this series. It contains seven sub-series, three of which are further divided into English and foreign language sections. In addition to two sub-series of HICOG published material, the majority of this series is made up of national and international laws, treaties and conventions, and scholarly monographs about them. Most of the commentary is in German. State Department publications and non-HICOG serials make up the remainder of the series, along with two folders of unbound articles and clippings.

HICOG Publications



"Basic Law and Occupation Statute"
1950 Feb 1

Box 1: folder 33
"Landsberg: A Documentary Report"
1951 Jan 31

Box 1: folder 34
"Cumulative Index of Legislation of the Control Council for Germany, US Military Government for Germany," Second Issue
1953 Jul

Box 1: folder 35
HICOG Construction Program, Bonn-Bad Godesberg Area
1953 Jan 7

Box 1: folder 36
"A Year End Survey of Rightist and Nationalist Sentiments in West Germany," report #167, series 2
1953 Jan 12

Box 1: folder 37
HICOG Periodicals



"Information Bulletin: Monthly Magazine of the Office of US HICOG"
1951 Jun-Sep

Box 2: folder 1
"Information Bulletin: Monthly Magazine of the Office of US HICOG"
1951 Nov-Dec

Box 2: folder 2
"Information Bulletin: Monthly Magazine of the Office of US HICOG"
1952 Jun-Oct

Box 2: folder 3
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.35-55)
1950 Sep-1951 May

Box 2: folder 4
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.56-72)
1951 Jun-1951 Dec

Box 2: folder 5
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.73-85)
1952 Jan-Jun

Box 2: folder 6
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.86-97)
1952 Jul-Dec

Box 2: folder 7
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.98-105)
1952 Dec-1953 Jul

Box 2: folder 8
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.106-116)
1953 Aug-1954 Jun

Box 2: folder 9
"Official Gazette of the Allied High Commission for Germany" (nos.117-126,index)
1954 Jul-1955 May

Box 2: folder 10
Laws, Treaties and Conventions (in English)



"Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany" pub. by Allied General Secretariat (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1949 May 8

Box 2: folder 11
"Collection of Decisions of the European Commission of Human Rights" (23rd, 24th, 25th plenary sessions) (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1960 Oct,1961 Feb

Box 2: folder 12
"Convention on Relations Between the Three Powers and BRD and Related Conventions" (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1952 May 26

Box 2: folder 13
"Index to the Convention on Relations Between the Three Powers and BRD and Related Conventions"
1952 May 26

Box 2: folder 14
"Draft Treaty Embodying the Statute of the European Community: Information and Official Documents of the Constitutional Committee;" Ad Hoc Assembly, France
1952 Oct-1953 Apr

Box 2: folder 15
"Injustice the Regime: Documentary Evidence of Rights Violations in Soviet Occupied Germany;" pub. by Federal Ministry for All-German Affairs
1952

Box 2: folder 16
"Laws, Regulations, Directives and Decisions of the Allied High Commission for Germany;" pub. by Allied General Secretariat (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1949 Sep 21-1950 Sep 20

Box 2: folder 17
"Laws, Regulations, Directives and Decisions of the Allied High Commission for Germany;" vol.II, pub. by Allied General Secretariat (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1950 Sep 21-1951 Jun 30

Box 2: folder 18
"Laws, Regulations, Directives and Decisions of the Allied High Commission for Germany;" vol. III pub. by Allied General Secretariat (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1951 Jul 1-1952 Feb 29

Box 2: folder 19
"Legal Status of Foreigners in the Federal Republic of Germany;" compiled by Dr. Rudolf Mueller, Heinz Weitzel & Gerhard Weisner; pub. by European League For Economic Cooperation
1955 Dec

Box 3: folder 1
"Report on the Situation of the Community;" pub. by European Coal and Steel Community/The High Authority
1953 Jan 10

Box 3: folder 2
"Some Facts About Expellees [Refugees] in Germany 1952;" pub. by the Federal Ministry for Expellees, Bonn (Eng. and Ger.)
1952

Box 3: folder 3
"The Termination of the Occupational Regime in BRD--Official Texts" (Eng., Fr., Ger.)
1954 Oct

Box 3: folder 4
Laws, Treaties and Conventions (in German or French only)



"Atlantikpakt der Konzerne" ["The Atlantic Treaty of Cartels"]; by G. Baumann (Ger.)
1952

Box 3: folder 5
"Die Bundesgesetzgebung wahrend der zeiten Wahlperiode des Deutschen Bundetages" 1949/1953; 1953/1957 (Ger.)
1953 Aug, 1957 Aug

Box 3: folder 6
Reparations: Printed Material: Articles, Pamphlets and Reprints (Ger.)
1963-64

Box 3: folder 7
"La Situation de l'Allemange en 1955" [The Situation in Germany in 1955]; Institut des Relations Nationales (Fr.)
1955

Box 3: folder 8
"Vertrag uber die Grundung der Europaischen Verteidigungsgemeishaft" (Ger.)
1952 May

Box 3: folder 9
"Die Verfolgung Nationalsozialistcher Straftaten" [The Prosecution of Nazi Crimes Within BRD Since 1945]; (Ger.)
1964 Jul

Box 3: folder 10
State Department Documents



"The Axis in Defeat: A Collection of Documents on American Policy Towards Germany and Japan;" US Department of State pub. 2423
1941-45

Box 3: folder 11
"Department of State Bulletin" Clipped articles, no exact dates
1958-61

Box 3: folder 12
"Employee Bulletin;" special edition; US Department of State, Division of Departmental Personnel
1953 Feb

Box 3: folder 13
"Occupation of Germany: Policy and Progress 1945-46";" US Department of State pub. 2783
1947 Aug

Box 3: folder 14
"The US and Germany 1945-1955;" US Department of State pub. 5827
1955 May

Box 3: folder 15
Monographs (in English)



Journey to America: Collected speeches, statements, press, radio and TV statements by Dr. Konrad Adenauer [during US/Canada visit]
1953 Apr 6-18

Box 3: folder 16
"Restoration of the Rule of Law: Leading American Lawyers on Allied Decartellisation Policy in Germany;" Assoc. of Shareholders in Germany
1951 Feb

Box 3: folder 17
"Documenting the Third Reich: The Stutz Collection of Nazi Manuscripts;" Howard Gotlieb; Yale University Gazette
1963 Jan

Box 3: folder 18
"The Governance of Berlin"; Bruce L.R. Smith; International Conciliation
1959 Nov, no.525

Box 3: folder 19
Pictured Highlights-James L. Wick's Press and Radio Editors' Tour of Europe and the Middle East, March 1-31, 1952
1952 Mar

Box 3: folder 20
Monographs (in French or German)



"Bulletin de Documentation Fiscale Internationale" [Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation]; (Fr.)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 21
"Erweiterung Der Bunderegierung" (Ger.)
1952 Nov

Box 3: folder 22
Forsthoff, Dr. Ernst; "Wehrbeitrag und Grundgesetz;" (Ger.)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 23
"Fremdenrecht: die Rechtsstellung von Auslandern in der Bundesrepublik;" Dr. Rudolf Mueller, Heinz Weitzel, Gerhard Weisner (Ger.)
1955

Box 3: folder 24
Grewe, Dr. Jur. Wilhelm; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Nov

Box 3: folder 25
Gross, Dr. Hermann; Material zur Aufteilung der I.G.Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft" (Ger.)
1950 Jul

Box 3: folder 26
Kaufmann, Dr.Dr.h.c. Erich; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Aug

Box 3: folder 27
Loewenstein, Dr. Karl; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 28
Scheuner, Dr.Ulrich; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Aug

Box 3: folder 29
"Sonderabdruck aus der Zeitschrift fur Rechtsver gleichung" (reprints)
1966 (nos.1-2)

Box 3: folder 30
Susterhenn, Prof. Dr. Adolf; "Gutachtliche Ausserung" (Ger.)
1952 Jun

Box 3: folder 31
Thoma, Richard; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Jul

Box 3: folder 32
von Mangoldt, Dr. Hermann; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Aug

Box 3: folder 33
Weber, Prof. Dr.Werner; "Die Vereinbarkeit des Verteidigungsbeitrages mit dem Grundgesetz" (Ger.)
1952 Jul

Box 3: folder 34
Wehberg, Dr. Hans; "Beruht das Recht zur Selbstverteidigung auf einer Regel des Volkenrechts?" (Ger.)
1952 Jun

Box 3: folder 35
Wolff, Prof. Dr.Ernst; "Rechtsgutachten" (Ger.)
1952 Jul

Box 3: folder 36
Serials (in English)



Journal of International Affairs, vol.viii,no.2; EWD article "The Occupation of Germany: US' Objectives and Participation"
1954

Box 3: folder 37
"Time Magazine;" cover story on Konrad Adenauer
1953, Aug 31

Box 3: folder 38
Serials (in German)



"Amtsblatt der Europaischen Gemeinschaft fur Kohle und Stahl," vol.2, no.1 [Official Gazette of the European Community for Coal and Steel"]
1953, Feb 10

Box 3: folder 39
"Deutsche Richterzeitung," vol.29, no.9 [Journal of German Judges]
1951 Sep

Box 3: folder 40
"Diplomatischer Kurier," Vol I, nos.18, 21-25 [Diplomatic Courier Magazine]
1952 Sep-Dec

Box 3: folder 41
"Juristenzeitung," no. 14/15 [Jurist's Journal}
1953 Jul 31

Box 3: folder 42
"Osteuropa-recht," vol.1, no.1 [Laws of Eastern Europe]. Includes letter from the editor, 1955 Dec
1955 Mar

Box 3: folder 43
Magazine Articles and Clippings



Magazine Articles
1953,1958-59, 1962

Box 3: folder 44
Newspaper Clippings
1953-58

Box 3: folder 45

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Subjects
  • Allied High Commission for Germany.
  • Debevoise, Eli Whitney.
  • Germany--Foreign relations--United States--Sources.
  • Germany--History--1945-1955--Sources.
  • McCloy, John Jay, 1895-
  • United States--Foreign relations--Germany--Sources.


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