Monday, December 10, 2012

Digital Trials Pamphlet Collection

The American Library Association recently spotlighted the Cornell University Law Library's Digital Trials Pamphlet Collection, which consists of pamphlets ranging in date from the late 1600s to the late 1800s.  These pamphlets provide contemporary accounts of trials that involved prominent citizens or that dealt with especially controversial topics.  As primary source material, the collection provides a wealth of information about the daily lives of ordinary people of the time period.  Pamphlets from several notable trials are included in this collection such as John Brown's trial for his raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859, the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators, and the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.