On Jan. 11, the Harvard Law School Library announced the opening of a new exhibit titled “Extra! Extra! Read All About It: A Tale of True Crime.” Featuring materials from the library’s Historical & Special Collections, the exhibit examines a short chapter in the United States’ history of true crime narratives, covering topics such as serialized true crime literature, crime photography in newspapers, and new angles on the media 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.
This exhibit was curated by Lesley Schoenfeld, public services and visual collections coordinator for the library’s Historical & Special Collections, with contributions from Michele Fazio, assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The exhibit is on view through April 26, 2013 in the Caspersen Room at HLS. The Caspersen Room is located on the fourth floor of the Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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