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M. Watt Espy Papers, 1730-2008.

Author: M Watt Espy
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The M. Watt Espy Papers document more than three decades of research from the nationally recognized expert on legal executions in the United States. Beginning as a macabre hobby in 1970, M. Watt Espy, Jr. began chronicling tens of thousands of government-sanctioned capital punishment sentences from the colonial period until the present day. The collection includes Espy's vast documentation of executions in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ledgers
Card indexes
Clippings
Criminal court records
Judicial records
Newsletters
Correspondence
Photographs
Manuscripts
Files by subject
Notes
Journals (periodicals)
Magazines (periodicals)
Cases
Named Person: M Watt Espy; Hugo Adam Bedau; Michael L Radelet; Helen Prejean; Henry Schwarzschild; Joseph B Ingle; John Ortiz Smykla; Margaret Vandiver
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: M Watt Espy
OCLC Number: 779535422
Description: 90 cu ft.
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The M. Watt Espy Papers document more than three decades of research from the nationally recognized expert on legal executions in the United States. Beginning as a macabre hobby in 1970, M. Watt Espy, Jr. began chronicling tens of thousands of government-sanctioned capital punishment sentences from the colonial period until the present day. The collection includes Espy's vast documentation of executions in America, including a series of typed index cards listing individuals executed. Espy's method was to collect information by obtaining unpublished county histories, proceedings of state and local courts, magazines, and holdings of historical societies, libraries, museums, and archives. In addition, there is aggregated research data, administrative files, general subject research and notes, professional correspondence, news articles about or citing Espy, statements to the media, copies of his published and unpublished writings, texts of speeches and testimonials before government panels, a personal signed portrait and autograph collection, scholarly works by others writing in the fields of history, crime, capital punishment, and the legal system, materials from advocacy organizations, photographs of individuals executed, and true crime, penitentiary, and general interest publications and books.

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