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S.H.M. Clinton Collection of Sacco-Vanzetti Material

Call Number: MS 7408

Scope and Contents

The S.H.M. Clinton Collection of Sacco-Vanzetti Material documents the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian anarchists, who were charged with robbing and murdering Frederick Parmenter and Alessandro Berardelli at the Statler-Morrill Shoe Company factory in Braintree, Massachusetts on April 15, 1920. Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in Charlestown State Prison on August 23, 1927. Also included are small collections of papers of Mary Donovan Hapgood and Catharine Huntington. Of interest is the correspondence between S.H.M. Clinton and John Beffel and Clinton and Mary Donovan Hapgood as well as the correspondence between Mary Donovan Hapgood and Vincenzina Vanzetti. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, and sound recordings.


  • 1920-1977
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1982


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


5.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged into 7 series:

1. Correspondence

2. Printed Material

3.  Notes

4. Photographs

5. Audio/Visual Material

6. Mary Donovan Hapgood and Catherine Huntington Papers

7. Memorabilia

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Researchers must supply their own ear phones to listen to the audio cassettes. Researchers are unable to listen to the othe tapes in the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of S.M.H. Clinton.

Related Materials

See the Aldino Felicani Sacco-Vanzetti Collection (MS 2030) for related materials documenting the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee's efforts to free Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

Separated Materials

Books belonging to S.M.H. Clinton were seperated out and shelved with other Sacco-Vanzetti books.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Reynolds, June 2017

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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S.H.M. Clinton Collection of Sacco-Vanzetti Material
Kimberly Reynolds
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