The University Library’s Special Collections Research Center has mounted an exhibition called “The Never-Ending Wrong: The Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti” on the sixth-floor of E. S. Bird Library. The exhibit is available weekdays (excepting holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 31, 2007.
An exhibit opening celebration and reception will occur at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2007, also on the sixth floor, directly following a 4 p.m. Library Associates lecture by Sean Quimby, director of the Special Collections Research Center. His lecture, entitled “Phobia: Collecting in the History of Fear,” will take place in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor. The exhibit, the reception, and the lecture are all free and open to the public.
The exhibit commemorates the 80th anniversary of the execution for murder of two Italian anarchist laborers, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. On display are period ephemera issued by the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee and a plethora of books associated with the trial by Paul Avrich, Felix Frankfurter, and Eugene Lyons, among others. The exhibit features artistic expressions (cartoons, illustrations, novels, plays, poems, songs and music) inspired by the trial, including the work of Maxwell Anderson, John Dos Passos, Fred Ellis, Howard Fast, Woody Guthrie, William Gropper, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rockwell Kent, Katherine Anne Porter, Pete Seeger, and Upton Sinclair.
To see an online version of the exhibit, go to scrc.syr.edu.