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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 4395371

Sacco-Vanzetti Trial newspaper clippings

Newspaper clippings printed between April and November of 1927, a letter from H. G. Wells, and two pamphlets and a petition issued by the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee.

Dates

  • 1927

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

4 boxes

The material in the Sacco-Vanzetti Trial Newspaper Clippings dates between April and November of 1927. While the collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings, there is also one letter from H. G. Wells, two pamphlets issued by the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee, and one petition, also issued by the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee.

The collection reflects the media reaction to the case of Sacco and Vanzetti during the five months prior to their execution and the three months immediately following. The clippings included in the collection are selective. Some of the newspapers represented are The New York World, The New York Times, and The Boston Herald.

Historical/Biographical Information

1920
  • 15 April Parmenter and Berardelli murdered at South Braintree
  • 5 May Sacco and Vanzetti arrested
  • 6 May District Attorney Katzmann interviews Sacco and Vanzetti
  • 11 June to 16 August Indictment, trial, conviction, and sentencing of Vanzetti for 24 December, 1919, attempted holdup in Bridgewater.
  • 11 September Sacco and Vanzetti indicted for South Braintree murder.
1921
  • 31 May to 14 July Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti at Dedham.
  • 14 July Sacco and Vanzetti found guilty of 1st degree murder.
  • 5 November Motion for new trial on the weight of the evidence.
  • 8 November 1st Supplementary motion (Ripley) filed
  • 24 December Motion for new trial on weight of evidence denied.
1922
  • 4 May 2nd Supplementary motion (Gould) filed.
1923
  • 1 October Supplement to 1st motion (Daly) filed.
  • 5 November 5th Supplementary motion (Proctor) filed.
1924
  • 1 October Judge Thayer denies all motions.
1925
  • 18 November Medeiros sends confession to Sacco in Dedham jail.
1926
  • 12 May Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts affirms conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti and denial of 1st, 2nd, and 5th Supplementary motions.
  • 26 May 7th Supplementary motion (Medeiros) filed.
  • 23 October Judge Thayer denies Medeiros motion.
1927
  • 5 April Supreme Judicial Court affirms denial of Medeiros motion.
  • 9 April Judge Thayer sentences Sacco and Vanzetti to death.
  • 3 May Sacco and Vanzetti petition Governor Fuller for clemency.
  • 1 June Governor Fuller appoints Advisory Committee.
  • 3 August Governor Fuller denies clemency.
  • 6 August Motion for new trial based on judge's prejudice filed.
  • 8 August Judge Thayer denies motion.
  • 10 August Justice Holmes of U.S. Supreme Court denies petition for writ of habeas corpus.
  • 20 August Justice Holmes denies petition for writ of certiorari.
  • 22 August Justice Stone of U.S. Supreme Court denies petition for writ of certiorari.
  • 23 August Sacco and Vanzetti executed.
1927
5 April
Supreme Judicial Court affirms denial of Medeiros motion.
9 April
Judge Thayer sentences Sacco and Vanzetti to death.
3 May
Sacco and Vanzetti petition Governor Fuller for clemency.
1 June
Governor Fuller appoints Advisory Committee.
3 August
Governor Fuller denies clemency.
6 August
Motion for new trial based on judge's prejudice filed.
8 August
Judge Thayer denies motion.
10 August
Justice Holmes of U.S. Supreme Court denies petition for writ of habeas corpus.
20 August
Justice Holmes denies petition for writ of certiorari.
22 August
Justice Stone of U.S. Supreme Court denies petition for writ of certiorari.
23 August
Sacco and Vanzetti executed.

Series List

Each series represents the contents one volume of the original of the ten binders. Each page was independently titled by the compiler of the collection (Frank W. Grinnell?). These titles do not necessarily correspond to the newspaper article headlines. The following container list gives the titles assigned to the materials contained within each folder.
  1. Series I: Volume 1
  2. Series II: Volume 2
  3. Series III: Volume 3
  4. Series IV: Volume 4
  5. Series V: Volume 5
  6. Series VI: Volume 6
  7. Series VII: Volume 7
  8. Series VIII: Volume 8
  9. Series IX: Volume 9
  10. Series X: Volume 10

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank W. Grinnell. Received Feb. 4, 1930 (date on binders) but no record in Accession Books.

Processing Information

Processed in 2002 by Anne Ramsay.
Link to catalog
Title
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial Newspaper Clippings, April-Nov. 1927: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00088

Repository Details

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