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CUMULATIVE Identifier: HOLLIS004386789, 5-1 to 5-73

"True Detective Stories from the New England Police Annals"

Scope and Contents

“The Crime of the Dancing Barber,” the account of Stella Kale’s murder by George E.H. Taylor was the first in a series of “true detective stories from New England police annals” presented daily by the Boston Evening American and Boston Sunday Advertiser. Later the series was referred to as “true murder-mystery stories from New England police and court annals.” Included in the collection are series numbers: 1-12, 17-46, 50, 52-57, 59, 60, 62, 67, 76, 86-88, 91-92, 95, 97, 101, 102, 104-107, 110, 113, 115, 116?, 117, 118, and 124. James Rodney Wood, Jr. investigated several of the murders featured in the series, including the murders of Ham, Broadwell, and Gerrish.


  • 1778-1928

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.


14 boxes

Physical Location

Harvard Law School Library, Special Collections

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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