UVA Law Library Digital Collections
The University of Virginia Law Library embarks on an exciting foray into the Digital Collections realm with the Frank S. Tavenner Collection of the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. These papers from the International Military Tribunal for the Far East include the digitized
images from 26 boxes of Tavenner’s personal papers from the trial. Serving as
Counsel for the Prosecution, and later Acting Chief of Counsel in the absence of Joseph B. Keenan, Tavenner collected thousands of pages of internal documents from the International Prosecution Section (IPS) that operated from 1945 to 1948. Of note is the correspondence between members of the team regarding their strategies, use of evidence and overall attitudes towards the trial, especially during Keenan's absence in 1947. Tasked with seeing to the overall preparation of cases against individual defendants, Tavenner kept case files on each of the accused. The collection also includes documents that outline collaboration between Japan, Germany, and Italy. Tavenner's collection of documents offers rare insight into the inner workings of an international war crimes prosecution that was second only to the Nuremberg Trials.