Thursday, January 03, 2008

Harvard's Crime Broadsides Online

The Harvard Law School Library has announced a new digital collection: Dying Speeches & Bloody Murders, comprising more than 500 crime broadsides. Harvard's crime broadside collection is "one of the largest recorded and the first to be digitized in its entirety. The examples digitized here span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason. Many of the broadsides vividly describe the results of sentences handed down at London's central criminal court, the Old Bailey."

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