Monday, December 8, 2008

New Collection: John E. Wall Legal Papers : pertaining to the trial of Dr. Benjamin Spock and others

I just completed an Archives Internship at Boston College's John J. Burns Library, the repository for BC's archival and special collections materials - not including the material in our own Rare Book Room, of course!

Under the supervision of the terrific David Horn (Head, Archives & Manuscripts) and Amy Braitsch (Assistant University Archivist), I processed a fascinating collection of legal papers belonging to the late John E. Wall. You can read the finding aid here, and you can view the papers at the Burns Library; here is the catalog record.

In 1968, John E. Wall was an Assistant United States Attorney. He took part in prosecuting Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., and three others for encouraging Vietnam War draft resisters. This collection of legal papers includes handwritten notes, correspondence, typescript documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and transcripts of legal proceedings.

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