Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790–1920: One of the Best Databases of 2016

Library Journal recently released their “Best Databases of 2016” list naming Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790–1920 among this year’s “cream of the crop.”

Cheryl LaGuardia’s review in Library Journal from earlier this year details what makes this resource one of the best,

Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790–1920, offers rich resources for scholars of history, sociology, criminology, political science, and law by making available more than two million pages of items such as detective agency records, police gazettes, chapbooks, and trial transcripts. This content is not for the squeamish, but it educates users about the acts (and punishments) of 19th-century transgressions. The FBI file on Italian-born U.S. anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti contains the previously classified reports providing the bureau with new developments including meetings of supporters of the duo and clippings from local newspapers showing the nature of public sentiment toward them. Also included are monographs on Eastern State Penitentiary, articles on serial killers H.H. Holmes and Thomas Neill Cream, and manuscripts relating to the unsolved Lizzie Borden and Charles Bravo cases. Not only is the content extraordinary, but the navigation is fast and easy. This enthralling and straightforward file will be well worth its purchase price to libraries supporting serious legal, historical, and criminal justice researchers.

Explore this fascinating archive by requesting a trial today. To learn more about the 2.1 million pages of trial transcripts, police and forensic reports, detective novels, newspaper accounts, true crime literature, and related ephemera, visit our website

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