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Margaret Vandiver Papers


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The Margaret Vandiver Papers document Dr. Vandiver's research in capital punishment, involvement with abolitionist organizations, and work with individuals sentenced to death.


Vandiver, Margaret
Date Coverage:
31 cubic ft. (about 31 boxes)

Dr. Margaret Vandiver is retired from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis. Dr. Vandiver's main area of research interest is state and collective violence, ranging from the use of the death penalty in the United States to contemporary instances of genocide. She is the author of Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the South (2006), co-author with Michael Radelet of Capital punishment in America: an annotated bibliography (1988), and co-editor of Tennessee's New Abolitionists (2010), in addition to numerous articles. In retirement, she continues to speak and research historical homicides and death penalty cases.

This collection contains subject files, case files, correspondence, and clippings created or collected by Margaret Vandiver about the death penalty. Many files relate to specific cases or organizations.

The collection is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by Margaret Vandiver between 2015 and 2018.

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Published: 2018-12-28 23:00:11 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2016 October 13

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Per the memorandum of agreement governing this collection, all correspondence in this collection is closed for no shorter than 75 years from the date a letter was written. No correspondence may be photocopied, scanned or duplicated in any way. All case files are closed for no shorter than 50 years from the date of donation. No materials in the case files may be photocopied, scanned or duplicated in any way. In addition, Vandiver's phone logs and calendars; data, correspondence and interviews for a specific publication; and notes from select meetings and working groups are closed for 50 years from the respective date of creation of the materials.

Access to this entire collection is currently restricted because it is unprocessed. Portions of the collection, other than the correspondence, case files, and select items noted above, may also contain recent administrative records and/or personally identifiable information. While it is likely that these other portions of the collection may be viewed, access must be managed by an archivist.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Margaret Vandiver Papers, 1983-2012. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Vandiver Papers).