Scope and arrangement
The Papers largely document Lemkin's intense interest in the subject of genocide. With the exception of a draft of his autobiography, "Unofficial Man", the collection contains very little personal material. The papers are arranged into eight series: Correspondence, Photographs, Bio- and Autobiographical sketches; Public statements & Interviews, Writings - Autobiography, Writings - Genocide, Clippings, and Printed material. The correspondence in English, Spanish, and some German, is both incoming and outgoing, with public officials, newspapers, academics and religious groups and relates to Lemkin's struggle for support for the ratification of the genocide convention. Much of the correspondence is filed by country. The Writings - Autobiography consist of outlines and summaries of "Unofficial Man" as well as holograph and typescript drafts of several chapters. The Writing - Genocide contain descriptions of his projected three volume work on genocide, plus drafts of various chapters, and abundant notes, memoranda, reports, and other documents written by Lemkin and others on the subject of genocide and the struggle for the ratification of the convention. Much of this material is fragmentary. The Printed material includes press releases and United Nations publications and reports.
The Raphael Lemkin papers are arranged in eight series: