Extra! Extra! Read All About It: A Tale of True Crime — Exhibit at Harvard Law School Library

On Display at the Exhibit: Detail of Illustration from The Diary Murderer of Lynn Boston Evening American and Boston Sunday Advertiser, [1936?] Wood Detective Agency Records, 1865-1945: Box 5-30

Harvard Law School Library
Caspersen Room
January 3 – April 26, 2013
Monday – Sunday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Featuring materials from the Library’s Historical & Special Collections, this exhibit examines a short chapter in the United States’ history of true crime narratives. Topics include: serialized true crime literature, crime photography in newspapers, and the representation of family life in the media’s coverage of the Sacco and Vanzetti case. Highlights from the exhibit include an early example of an Associated Press Wirephoto, a photograph album compiled by an expert witness in the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and materials from the Library’s collection of Wood Detective Agency Records, the first private detective agency in New England.

The exhibit was curated by Lesley Schoenfeld, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library, with contributions from Michele Fazio, Assistant Professor of English, University of North Carolina at Pembroke. It is on view daily 9 to 5 in the Library’s Caspersen Room through April 26, 2013. Please come visit if you are in the area!


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