Sacco and Vanzetti collections: Mrs. Walter Frank Collection, 1927-1963 Edit


11 MWalB02190


  • 1927-1963 (Creation)
  • 1927-1932 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 19680000 (Other)


  • 1.00 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 1 manuscript box other_unmapped (Whole)
  • 0.50 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in six series. 1. Sacco-Vanzetti National League (New York, NY), 1927-1930; Series 2. Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee (Boston, MA), 1927-1930; Series 3. Tom O'Connor: Vincenzina Vanzetti Correspondence, 1962-1963; Series 4. Correspondence to Frank Russell, 1961; Series 5. Publisher's Notices and Book Reviews Folders, 1930s-1962; Series 6. Photographs and Death Masks, 1927-1963

    For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Mrs. Walter Frank

  • Preferred Citation

    Sacco and Vanzetti collections: Mrs. Walter Frank Collection, 1927-1963, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection was a gift of Mrs. Walter Frank (Adelaide Schulkind) in 1968. She was the acting secretary for the Sacco-Vanzetti National League (New York) from about 1930-1932. Much of the collection consists of correspondence to, and from, the Sacco-Vanzetti National League.

    The collection's importance lies chiefly in the correspondence from 1927-1932, which was written by and to people who belonged to either the Sacco-Vanzetti National League (New York)or the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee (Boston). This correspondence illustrates the aftermath of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial; what was done by people convinced of their innocence to keep the issue of injustice alive. Important correspondents include Robert Morss Lovett, Gardner Jackson, and Felix Frankfurter.

    The correspondence from the 1960s divide into two series; letters written to Frank Russell that look back upon the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, and letters exchanged between Tom O'Connor and Vincenzina Vanzetti. The O'Connor-Vanzetti letters, written nearly forty years after the trial, show two people who continue to hope that Sacco and Vanzetti's innocence could still be proven.

    The several photographs in the collection were taken of some of the principal members involved in the Sacco-Vanzetti trial. A few of the photographs include members of the Sacco and Vanzetti families.

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