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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cornell University Library rescues records of early American trials

"A fascinating bit of legal history involving Lizzie Borden, John Brown and Lincoln's killers will soon be preserved and available online, thanks to a recent grant awarded to Cornell University Library. With $155,700 from the Save America's Treasures grant program, the Library will restore and digitize a collection of mass-produced pamphlets from the late 17th century to the late 19th century. These pamphlets, which were often sold on the street soon after a trial as entertainment and cautionary tales, include accounts of famous historical figures and reflect society's attitude toward social issues like capital punishment, marriage and abortion."

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