Sacco and Vanzetti case file, 1920-1977 (bulk 1920-1932).


Massachusetts. Division of State Police. Sacco and Vanzetti case file, 1920-1977 (bulk 1920-1932).

Sacco and Vanzetti case file, 1920-1977 (bulk 1920-1932).

As partial successor to the Massachusetts District Police Force, the Division of State Police performed the funcion of that body's Detective Dept.; in this capacity under direction of the commissioner of public safety it assisted in investigations leading to the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti and in those relating to appeals of the trial verdict, 1921-1927, creating this series. Files include: boxes 1-2--documents (depositions, correspondence, reports) produced during these investigations, surveillance of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee and the funeral of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927, and investigation of the bombing of the home of trial judge Webster Thayer in 1932; transcripts of wiretaps conducted in 1927 by the State Police under authorization of the attorney-general of telephone conversations of Felix Frankfurter on behalf of the defense committee; partial trial transcript with lists of witnesses and exhibits; related photographs and defense committee publications; box 3(2)--copies of publications and correspondence relating to trial evidence, 1950-1976; box 3(3)--press release, chronology, and inventories relating to public release of documents by State Police in 1977; box 3(4)--correspondence relating to use and copying of files, 1977-1978. See also: Massachusetts. Attorney General's Office. Sacco and Vanzetti case file ((M-Ar)2062X); Massachusetts. Governor's Advisory Committee on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case ((M-Ar)315X)--microfilmed from A.L. Lowell papers at the Harvard University Archives; Thayer family subject files ((M-Ar)P028X), for photographs, wire service dispatches, and newsclippings relating to Judge Thayer and the bombing of his home; Massachusetts. Governor's Legal Office. Subject files of the legal counsel ((M-Ar)938X), for files from term of Michael Dukakis (1975-1979: MSD 2-253) relating to a review of the case on the fiftieth anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, and leading to issuance of a gubernatorial proclamation on July 19, 1977.

1.4 cubic ft. (4 doc. boxes)1 folder ; 51 x 78 cm.

Related Entities

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Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 (person)

Government attorney, prof. of law, legal scholar, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In service of Federal Gov't., 1906-1914, 1917-1919 in N.Y.? prof. of law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1914-1939; U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1939-1962. Author of books and articles on legal and related topics. Recipient of numerous honorary degrees. Visiting prof., Oxford Univ., England, 1933-1934. From the description of Papers of Felix Frankfurter, 1900-1965 (inclusive), 1939-19...

Thayer, Webster, 1857-1933. (person)

Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, 1888-1927 (person)

"The attached letter was written by Bartolomeo Vanzetti in his death cell at Charlestown State Prison August 12, 1927--just ten days before he and Nicola Sacco died in the electric chair for the murder of a paymaster and his guard. Henry Minott, the New England News manager of the United Press, asked Vanzetti to write his side of the case, which had been in the Massachusetts courts for seven years. Vanzetti's letter was distributed throughout the world over the United Press wires. Penciled delet...

Sacco, Nicola, 1891-1927 (person)

Massachusetts. Division of State Police (corporateBody)

In connection with a robbery and murders committed Apr. 1920 in South Braintree, Massachusetts, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were indicted Sept. 1920 and prosecuted and convicted in 1921 in Norfolk Superior Court. After reviews of the trial and conviction by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and by an advisory committee appointed by Gov. Alvan T. Fuller and denial of petitions by defense counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court, the sentence of execution originally imposed on Sacco and V...