The Catholics Against Capital Punishment Records is a small
collection that contains several articles, statements, and pamphlets making a case against
the death penalty from a Catholic standpoint.
An artificial collection of over 150 clemency petitions filed by inmates from across the United States for the lessening of their death sentence.
Hugo A. Bedau (Ph.D., Harvard, 1961) is a commentator, scholar, and activist for the abolition of capital punishment. He is a prominent spokesperson in the abolitionist movement and well-known for his scholarship and writing concerning the death penalty and the challenge to separate logical arguments from moral arguments.
1872, 1935, 1951-2011, Undated 1971-2011
The Leigh Bienen Papers include the records of the New Jersey Proportionality Review Project, the Illinois Capital Punishment Reform Study Commission, and the academic research papers of legal scholar Leigh Bienen. The New Jersey records contain material from New Jersey Public Defender Homicide Study directed by Bienen in the mid-1980s. The collection also includes the records from Bienen’s involvement with the New Jersey Proportionality Review Project headed by Special Master David C. Baldus. Also present is material from Leigh Bienen's tenure on the Illinois Capital Punishment Reform Study Commission which resulted in the abolition of the death penalty in that state in 2011. Finally the collection contains Leigh Bienen's scholarly research material during her career teaching at both Princeton University and Northwestern University. Her research focused on proportionality review, the death penalty's monetary costs, and the role of prosecutor discretion.
The Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Collection contains papers,
journal articles and other written materials about the death penalty. Lansing, Michigan
attorney and death penalty opponent Eugene G. Wanger donated this collection in memory of
Henry Schwarzschild (1925-1996), longtime director of the American Civil Liberties Union's
Capital Punishment Project, and head of the New York office of the National Coalition to
Abolish the Death Penalty at the time of his death.
The David C. Baldus Papers document the distinguished legal research career of David C. Baldus, which includes the most sophisticated challenges to capital punishment in the United States since the reinstatement of the Death Penalty in 1976. Included is material from the Georgia Charging & Sentencing Study, which was used as evidence in the McCleskey v. Kemp (1987) decision. Similar studies involving capital sentencing in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Military are also detailed, as is Baldus's formal reports to the supreme courts of a number of other states. Also present is material documenting Baldus's long career as the Joseph B. Tye Professor of Law at the University of Iowa Law School. This includes teaching material, presentations, publications, and material documenting faculty service.
This collection contains materials used by Virginians for
Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) in its efforts to end capital punishment in
The M. Watt Espy papers chronicle the extensive research efforts
that led to the creation of the Capital Punishment Research Project and the database known
as the Espy File. Espy spent three decades gathering and indexing documentation of legal
executions in the United States. His papers contain both primary and secondary sources used
to catalog thousands of instances of capital punishment in the United States and its
territories since the 1600s. The collection includes material from corrections records,
newspapers, county histories, legal proceedings, and books. In addition to the records
pertaining specifically to the death penalty, there is also a selection of magazines
collected by Espy that cover true crime stories as well as life in the American Old
Death penalty abolitionist who worked with many anti-death penalty organizations, capital defense attorneys, representatives of various communities of faith, newspaper editorial boards, victims' rights groups, members of the families of the condemned, and many death row inmates throughout the country.
The Maryland Citizens Against State Executions (Maryland or MD
CASE) Records contain documents from over 25 groups and 1,300 individuals that united to
help successfully end the death penalty in Maryland in 2013 through education, grassroots
action, and public demonstration. The collection consists of correspondence, meeting
minutes, legislation, lobbying materials, subject files, special event and conference
materials, case files and clippings.
This collection is predominantly composed of Ernest van den Haag’s publications from 1950-2000, including articles in published form, drafts, and related correspondence.
The Capital Jury Project (CJP) was started in 1991 under the direction of principal investigation, William J. Bowers. The project was funded by an NSF grant to conduct surveys of juror who participated in capital trials. There are three phases to the project.
Michael A. Mello (1957-2008) was an internationally recognized authority on the death penalty and capital punishment issues. He was a lawyer, professor, and author. Michael Mello served as counsel or informal advisor to many significant cases, including Joseph Robert Crazy Joe Spaziano, Theodore Kaczynski, Theodore Bundy, Rolando Cruz, Alvin Ford, Stephen Todd Booker, and Robert Straight.
For nearly two decades, Abe Bonowitz has worked to educate the public about human rights problems, in particular the death penalty and the need for alternatives to the death penalty. During this time he served in numerous director, consultant, managerial, and activist roles with leading advocacy and death penalty abolitionist organizations.
The Death Penalty in New York Testimony Collections gathers the testimonials
given by 137 witnesses to several committees of the New York State Assembly having to do with sentences
involving the death penalty.
Over the course of 50 years, Eugene G. Wanger created or collected
the materials about capital punishment that comprise the Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M.
Wanger Death Penalty Collection. The collection includes a wide range of materials on the
death penalty documenting its history, efforts to abolish or reinstate the practice, its
psychological impact, compatibility on religious, moral or ethical grounds, and its
This collection consists of Professor Jonathan Sorensen's audio
and paper materials documenting the 1973 re-establishment of the death penalty in
The Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation Records document the organization’s efforts to abolish the death penalty in all cases. The organization includes family members of both homicide victims and those executed as well as their respective supporter. Included in the collection are handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, booklets, programs, information packets, photographs, flyers, proofs, drafts, manuscripts, correspondence, memos, transcripts, mailing lists, schedules, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, meeting summaries, by-laws, manuals, checklists, worksheets, evaluation forms, resumes, applications, forms, financial summaries, budgets, contracts, court proceedings, legislative bills, amici curiae, memorabilia, audio/video materials.
The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP) formed
in 1976 as the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty by Mary Alice Rankin and other
activist groups and organizations to try to prevent passage of capital punishment
legislation in Illinois. After the state adopted the death penalty in 1977, ICADP expanded
its grassroots legislative, education, and communication activities to try to inform the
public about flaws and injustices in the Illinois capital punishment system and promote
humane alternatives to the death penalty.
Bill Pelke is a leader in the national death penalty abolition movement. This collection documents Bill Pelke's involvement with Journey of Hope...from Violence to Healing, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP), Amnesty International, and other organizations committed to ending capital punishment in the United States.