The New York State Historical Association was founded in 1899 by New Yorkers who were interested in promoting greater knowledge of the early history of the state. They hoped to encourage original research, to educate general audiences by means of lectures and publications, to mark places of historic interest with tablets or signs, and to start a library and museum to hold ,manuscripts, paintings, and objects associated with the history of the state. Since its founding, the Research Library’s collections have grown to include more than 95,000 volumes specializing in 19th century American and New York State history and culture, American art history, and Native American art.
This collection of “murder” pamphlets from the online exhibition at NYSHA entitled “Was He a Man or a Monster? Merchandising Murder in the Nineteenth Century Popular Press” displays the front cover of 124 of the approximately 400 pamphlets in the collection of “murder” pamphlets and monographs. The pamphlets range from publication dates in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century, with the bulk published in the 1800s. Many of the books and pamphlets in this collection are listed in The annals of murder: a bibliography of books and pamphlets on American murders from Colonial times to 1900, compiled by Thomas M. McDade.
Murder Pamphlet Collection Full Text
This section contains 16 complete versions of the pamphlets from the Murder Pamphlet Exhibition