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Special Collections & Archives to Digitize History of U.S. Executions

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April 21, 2017

Contacts: Brian Keough, Head of Special Collections & Archives,, (518) 437-3931; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Special Collections & Archives to Digitize History of U.S. Executions

The University Libraries are pleased to announce that the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives was recently awarded a $157,775 grant to digitize and make freely available via the Web primary source materials that document the history of legal executions in the United States from 1608 to 2002. The grant will support the conversion to digital format of the papers of M. Watt Espy, Jr. The grant was conferred by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Brian Keough, Head of Special Collections & Archives, will lead the project.

"Digitization increases the visibility of unique resources," says Dean of University Libraries Rebecca Mugridge. “We are proud that Special Collections & Archives has received this prestigious grant to raise awareness of this aspect of our nation’s history." Click here to learn more.

Note card from Executions Archives

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