Dr. Richard Wires Nazi collection

Summary Information


Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections


Wires, Richard


Dr. Richard Wires Nazi collection






1.0 Cubic feet4 boxes


Multiple languages

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English, German, and French.

Preferred Citation

Dr. Richard Wires Nazi Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of books and other documents related to Adolf Hitler, Josef Mengele, and the Katyn Massacre. Also included is currency from the Weimar Republic and artifacts from Nazi Germany, including a Nazi Party pins and an armbands. The photographs series includes Nazi propaganda photographs of military operations, Germany women and children, landscapes and Italian art taken for German news publications. Many photographs have their original press release captions in German with English translations.

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Research files, 1933-1966

Series 2: Artifacts, 1920-1945

Series 3: Photographs, 1933-1945

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Richard Wires in 1986, 1989, and 1990.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid created 2009/11/23 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid created 2009/11/23 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid revised 2009/11/23 by Maren L. Read.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Germany
  • Italy

Personal Name(s)

  • Mengele, Josef, 1911-1979


  • Currency
  • Germany--History--1918-1933
  • Germany--History--1933-1945
  • Katyn Massacre, Katyn, Russia, 1940
  • National socialism
  • Nazi Collection
  • Nazi propaganda
  • World War, 1939-1945

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Collection Inventory

Research files, 1933-1966

Box Folder

Harlan, Viet. Im Shatten meiner Filme. Guetersloh: Sigmert Mohn Verlag, 1966 (photocopy)

1 1

Josef Mengele, 1960-1985

1 2

Adolf Hitler und Seine Kaempfer. Munch: Verlag Frz. Eher Nachf., 1933. (photocopy)

1 3

Katyn Forest Massacre Protocol and Affadavit, 1943

1 4

"Fate of the Top Nazi Leaders" and "Fate of Top Nazi State Leaders" chart, 1951

1 5

Everard, Jean, Standard de vie de L'ouvrier Allemand. Paris: Nouvelles Etudes Francaises, undated

2 1

Feldpost, 1933-1945

2 2

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Artifacts, 1920-1945

Scope and Contents

This series includes currency from Germany in the 1920s and armbands, party pins, and other artifacts from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Currency, Weimar-era Germany, 1920s


Nazi Era artifacts, 1933-1945


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Photographs, 1933-1945


Military, 1933-1945

Lieutenant General Anton, 1944/07/09

Masuria, Poland, 1944/10/27

Verona, Italy, 1945 Jan.

Imperial Minister Konstantin Hierl with Adolf Hiter, 1945/02/26

Photograph of a sign taken by Lt. Bernard Lehse, Italy, 1945 Feb.

Soldiers on the Southern Front, Italy, 1945 Feb.

German Grenadier, Italy, 1945/01/19

Nettuno Sector. Italy, 1944/03/23

People's militia, anti-tank gun training, 1944/12/09

Bunker, Italian Front, 1945 Feb.

German soldier playing piano in underground bunker, Italy, 1945 Mar.

Soldier hunting in Italy, 1945 Feb.

American Prisoners of War, 1945/01/25

German soldiers in the Alpine Foothills of France, 1944/11/28

Hitler Youth Initiation Ceremony, 1945

Hitler Greeting Troops on the Oder River, 1945/03/07

German Soldier viewing a temporary bridge over unidentified river, 1945 Feb.

German women and children, 1933-1945

Women's gymnatics, 1933-1945

German children playing in a pond, 1933-1945

German mother and child, Frankfurt am Main, 1933-1945

Young German women, 1933-1945

Women dancing the Viennese waltz, 1933-1945

Members of League of German Girls collecting leaves, 1933-1945

German day care worker and child, 1933-1945

Portrait of a German child, 1933-1945

Two women from Halle, Germany, 1933-1945

Portrait of a German child eating, 1933-1945

Landscapes and landmarks, 1933-1945

Wuerzburg Castle, Germany, 1933-1945

Statue of Frederick the Great by sculptor, Joseph Thorack, 1933-1945

Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany, 1933-1945

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 1933-1945

Linz, Austria,1933-1945

Sunset on the Baltic Sea, 1933-1945

Italian art, 1933-1945

Italian painting, 1933-1945

Porta della Chiesa di S. Anastasia, Verona, Italy, 1933-1945

Chiesa di S. Anastasia, Verona, Italy, 1933-1945

Italian painting, 1933-1945

Mural in Saint Mark's Cathedral , Venice, Italy, 1933-1945

The Line of Saint Marco mural by Carpaccio, Venice, Italy, undated

Madonna with Child and Lamb, Milan, Italy, undated

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