- Lemkin, Raphael, 1900-1959
- Call number
- MssCol 1730
- Physical description
- 2 linear feet (5 boxes); 5 microfilm reels
- Materials in English, Spanish and German
- Preferred Citation
- Raphael Lemkin papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), a Polish-born lawyer who coined the term "genocide", emigrated to the U.S. in 1941 and devoted his life to the crusade for the international adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Collection consists of correspondence, drafts of an autobiography, draft of a history of genocide, and research notes and printed materials relating to genocide throughout the world. Correspondence with public officials, newspapers, academics, and religious groups relates to Lemkin's struggle for support for the ratification of the genocide convention. Autobiographical writings include outlines and summaries of his autobiography as well as typescript drafts of several chapters. Genocide writings 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 ratification of the convention. Printed materials include press releases and United Nations publications and reports.
Source of acquisitionGift, Gabriel, Alexander, 1982
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Alternative form available
Entire collection available on microfilm; New York Public Library; *ZL-273