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HOLLIS 601707

Sacco-Vanzetti Case Records, 1920-1928: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601707
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Sacco-Vanzetti case records
Date(s): 1920-1928.
Quantity: 43 boxes (1 Paige box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Bulk of the material pertains to the defense of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, anarchists who were tried and executed for murder, and includes "office testimony" not included in the published transcript.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Harvard Law School has no correspondence relating to a donor of this particular group of Sacco-Vanzetti papers, nor any reference as to dates when these papers were presented to the school. It has been suggested that the defense's papers were turned over to the school by the late professor Merrick Dodd, or by Fred H. Moore, counsel for the defense, and that the prosecution's papers were given to the school by Dudley P. Ranney, Assistant District Attorney.

Processing Information:

Processed in 1969.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The Sacco-Vanzetti Case Files is available on microfilm; see the HOLLIS record for more information. Researchers are required to use the microfilm copy of the collection.

Related Material:

Historical/Biographical Information









COPY OF DOCKET ENTRIES IN SACCO-VANZETTI CASE. GRAND JURY CASE. Docket No. 5545. Record Vol. - Page -Indictment reiurned September 11, 1920.Commonwealth vs. Nicola Sacco - Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Attorneys for defendant: Fred H. Moore, Wm. J. Callahan, J. J. and T. F. McAnarney. Offence - Murder Committed at Braintree - April 15, 1920.

A True Copy of Docket Entries.Attest: WILLARD E. EVERETT, Asst. Clerk.


Boxes 3-22

Scope and Contents

The approximately 2,000 items in this particular group of papers relating to the case of Commonwealth v. Sacco and Vanzetti span the years 1920-1928. The papers include correspondence, memoranda, reports, legal documents, research notes, newspaper clippings, printed material, photographs, blueprints, and memorabilia.
The material falls into two groups. The first and more extensive group consists of the Defense's Papers, the second group of the Prosecution's Papers. The groups include transcripts and stenographic records of examination of witnesses, hearings, arguments, trial records, motions for new trials, briefs, exceptions, and other court records. Correspondents include Herbert B. Ehrmann, Felix Frankfurter, Dudley P. Ranney, Judge Webster Thayer, William G. Thompson.
There are additional items which were received after the completion of the processing of these papers in 1969. These items consist of holograph letters, copies of letters and clippings, reprints, oversize items, and one microfilm of Sacco and Vanzetti material from the Hapgood Papers at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Additional Index Terms

Massachusetts - Trials, litigation, etc.
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921.
Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-
Blackwell, Alice Stone, 1857-1950.
Donovan, Mary.
Ehrmann, Herbert B. (Herbert Brutus), b. 1891
Evans, Elizabeth Glendower, 1856-1937.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Hapgood, Powers.
Ranney, Dudley P.
Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927.
Thayer, Webster.
Thompson, William Goodrich, 1864-1935.
Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927.
Winslow, Gertrude L.