Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-

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American lawyer and educator; associate general counsel, Office of Scientific Research and Development, 1942-1943; general counsel, Office of Strategic Services, 1943-1945; assistant to American chief prosecutor, Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, 1945; negotiator of Abel-Powers spy exchange with the Soviet Union and of the Cuban prisoners exchange following the Bay of Pigs; president, New York City Board of Education, 1963-1965.

From the description of James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754869910

Biographical Note

  • 1916, February 19: Born, New York City
  • 1937: A.B., Fordham University
  • 1940: L.L.B., Harvard University
  • 1942 - 194 : Associate General Counsel, Office of Scientific Research and Development
  • 1943 - 1945 : General Counsel, Office of Strategic Services
  • 1945: Assistant to the U.S. Chief Prosecutor, International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg
  • 1950 - 1970 : Partner, Waters and Donovan, New York City
  • 1961 - 1963 : Vice President, New York Board of Education
  • 1963 - 1965 : President, New York Board of Education
  • 1964: Author, Strangers on a Bridge
  • 1967: Author, Challenges
  • 1968 - 1970 : President, Pratt Institute
  • 1970, January 19: Died, New York City

From the guide to the James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976, (Hoover Institution Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959,. Nuremberg trials archive, 1933-1946. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-. Walker v. City of New York (at law) in Re WNYC (in equity) : Opinion of the N.Y. Court of Appeals. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976 Hoover Institution Archives.
creatorOf Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-. Interview with James Britt Donovan [sound recording] / by Bob and Betty Lewis. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Donovan, James B. (James Britt), 1916-. James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Abel, Rudolf, 1903-1971. person
associatedWith Abel', Rudol'f Ivanovich, 1902- person
associatedWith Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959, person
associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Lewis, Betty Jessel. person
associatedWith Lewis, Robert Foster. person
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). Board of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Powers, Francis Gary, 1929-1977. person
associatedWith United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Office of Strategic Services. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Germany
New York (State)--New York
United States
Cuba
United States
New York (State)
Cuba
Subject
Education New York (N.Y.)
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, 1945-1946
Nuremberg Trial of Major German War Criminals, Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946
Espionage
Lawyers--Interviews
Education
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service
War crime trials
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Birth 1916-02-19

Death 1970-01-19

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