19th Century Trials Collection


The nucleus of the Trials Collection contains the library of 19th century practitioner Nathaniel Moak, whose extensive documentation of every trial he conducted generated a unique social and legal record of 19th century trial practice.

Perhaps the most famous trial included is the Fall River Tragedy (1893), one of only approximately ten existing original copies of the Lizzie Borden case. The book is extremely hard to find because Lizzie herself bought all the copies she could and destroyed them.

There are also many monographs on historically important trials in the collection including Aaron Burr's treason trial, Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial, the trials of the Lincoln conspirators, and the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg treason trial.