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Sacco and Vanzetti collections: Francis Russell collection 1921-1965

 Collection — other: 6 boxes
Identifier: 11-MWalB02175

Scope and Contents

The Francis Russell Collection composes one portion of the Brandeis University Special Collections' extensive holdings related to the murder trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, thus making the university one of the most important sources for material in North America. The importance of this collection lies in the sometimes controversial interpretation of events by Russell as articulated in his book about the trial, Tragedy in Dedham, and in the volume of material the author collected in his lifetime related to the case.

While little of the material in the collection attest to Russell's own life history, these documents do provide detailed information about two organizations active during and after the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti: the Boston-based Citizens National Committee for Sacco and Vanzetti, and the New York-based Sacco and Vanzetti National League. Additionally, this collection holds drafts of Russell's writings, correspondence he accumulating while researching the case, and miscellaneous documents, photographs and videotapes about the trial.


  • 1921-1965


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.


3.00 Linear Feet

6 manuscript boxes other_unmapped

3.00 Linear Feet


Arranged in nine series.  1. Francis Russell Correspondence, 1958-1962; 2. Sacco and Vanzetti Case Correspondence, 1921-1930; 3. Citizens National Committee for Sacco and Vanzetti, 1925-1927; 4. Sacco-Vanzetti National League (New York), 1927-1931; 5. Photographs, circa 1927; 6. Newsclippings, undated; 7. Publications, Writings and Evidence about the Sacco-Vanzetti Case, 1921-1965; 8. Video, 1927; 9. Tragedy in Dedham typescript, 1962.

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

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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