Rosenberg, Julius (1918-1953) and Ethel (1916-1953)

The Julius and Ethel Rosenberg collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, legal material, professional material, and other items.

Correspondence in the collection includes letters from Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to various recipients, written while the Rosenbergs were in prison.  These letters date from 1950 to 1953.  The correspondents include their children, Robert and Michael; their lawyer, Emanuel Bloch; various other family members; and each other.  Other letters in the collection include copies of U.S. government memoranda regarding the Rosenbergs and the case (1950-1975); letters about the trust fund for the Rosenberg's children (1953-1961); letters from various individuals to the Meeropols (1975-1995); and other letters between various individuals regarding the legacy of the case and the VENONA intercepts (1982-1995).

Manuscripts in the collection include writings by various authors, including several pieces by Michael Meeropol and Robert Meeropol and some by Morton Sobell.  There are several items addressing the information present in the release of the VENONA intercepts.

Printed material in the collection is extensive.  It includes various pamphlets, booklets, and flyers regarding the Rosenberg case (1952-1953); newspaper and magazine clippings from various periodicals about the case (1951-1954); sheet music for songs about the Rosenbergs; publications from the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case; and other material.

Legal material in the collection includes the last wills and testaments of both Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; extensive photocopies of grand jury testimony (1947-2008); scanned copies of an amicus curiae brief from 1952, in which W.E.B. du Bois was involved; and material regarding the retrial, including a document chronology and excerpts of transcripts.

The collection includes several items from Vicki Gabriner's files on the Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case.  This material includes a drawing by Jennifer Meeropol; a copy of a manuscript for a speech by Gabriner at a rally in 1977; correspondence and manuscripts containing reminiscences about the Rosenberg case in response to a newspaper ad placed by Gabriner; organizational documents (contact lists, meeting minutes, agendas, etc.); pamphlets on the Fund for Open Information and Accountability and the Rosenberg Research Project; and other items.

Also present in the collection are numerous photocopies of documents used for the retrial proceedings.  These include affidavits, articles, memoranda, statements, reports, and other documents, dating from 1941 to 1993.  Many of these documents are copies of memos and reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the Rosenberg case.

Other material in the collection includes a cassette recording of a debate with Walter and Miriam Schneir; an audio recording of Peter Boyd's 1975 song "The Rosenbergs"; an interview with Michael Meeropol; press releases on various topics (1990s); financial records (1951); and lapel pins from the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case.

Associated Subjects
1. Espionage Subject Guide
2. Helen Deutsch Research Section