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Harold C. Deutsch papers

Identifier: Mss067

Scope and Content Note

The Deutsch papers comprise declassified Office of Strategic Services' reports that are naval, military, intelligence, diplomatic, and technical studies prepared largely by the U.S. military utilizing decoded and translated enemy communications. The reports are from the SRH, SRMA, SRMD, SRMF, SRMN series.

Acronyms:SRH -- Special Research History; SRMA -- Discrete Records of Historical Cryptologic Import: U.S. Army; SRMD -- Discrete Records of Historical Cryptologic Import; SRMN -- Discrete Records of Historical Cryptologic Import: U.S. Navy.

Also included in the collection are transcripts of interrogations of German officials from World War II.


  • Creation: 1923-1990
  • Creation: (bulk 1942-1946)


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Most materials are government documents and have no copyright restrictions. Some of the Miscellaneous Documents are under copyright and the rights were not transferred to the Archives.

Biographic Notes

Harold C. Deutsch was a professor of History at the University of Minnesota whose research interests focused on World War II. He was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1929. He came to the University of Minnesota at that time and during his tenure served as chairman of the History Department. He retired in 1972.

During World War II he served on the Board of Economic Warfare and with the Office of Strategic Services. After the war he worked as an interrogator of German war criminals at Nuremberg.


22 boxes


The Deutsch papers comprise declassified OSS reports and transcripts of interrogations of German officials of World War II.


The collection is organized in three groups of materials:

  1. Declassified OSS Reports
  2. Miscellaneous Documents
  3. Nazi Interrogation Transcripts

Physical Location

Mezz (R79, D6 S7; D7 S1-5)

Other Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Upper Midwest Literary Archives for details.


The first group of materials were donated by Dr. Deutsch in 1991. Additional materials were donated by Dorothy Deutsch Thews in 1996.

Related Material

Dr. Deutsch donated his personal papers to the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Harold C. Deutsch papers
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