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Sacco and Vanzetti collections: Gardner Jackson Collection 1896-1965

Identifier: 11-MWalB02185

Scope and Contents

This collection of Gardner Jackson's papers is important due to his close involvement with the Sacco-Vanzetti case. Brandeis University Special Collections has several collections dealing with the Sacco-Vanzetti case, thus making the university one of the most important sources for material in the country.

The bulk of papers in this collection are related to the Sacco-Vanzetti case, writings by and about Gardner Jackson, his involvement in the establishment of the case as one of the supreme examples of American injustice in this century. The papers and letters show that while others involved in the case later rethought and changed their positions on Sacco and Vanzetti's innocence, Gardner Jackson never did.

Another major part of the collection, the letters to Dorothy Jackson, give an overview to Gardner Jackson's life and career. It details his involvement with labor organizations, political elections, Bolivian reform, and other liberal causes of the day. These letters portray a man in the midst of some of the most important political and social movements of the first half of the twentieth century.


  • 1927-1978
  • Majority of material found in 1960, 1965


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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


1.00 Boxes

6 manuscript boxes other_unmapped


Arranged in four series. 1. Biographical, 1927-1970; 2. Correspondence to Dorothy Jackson, 1965-1968; 3. Sacco-Vanzetti Case, 1947-1963; 4. Gardner Jackson Exhibit Collection, 1927-1968

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

Susan Pyzynski
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections