No Better Place

The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress is here, in the Jefferson Building.

I live near Washington, D.C.

Sacco and Vanzetti lived for years, and died, in Massachusetts.

Most of the archives that relate to their case are located in and near Boston.

I will be forever grateful to the dedicated librarians at the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Archives, and the Harvard Law Library who helped me on my many research trips to the city.

But when I decided to study the Sacco-Vanzetti case in the larger context of the times, there’s no better place I could have been than where I already am, just a subway ride away from the Library of Congress, with its bottomless resources. Oral histories and obscure memoirs? Check. Census data and congressional statutes? Check. Original documents of the Industrial Workers of the World, old magazines and newspapers, rare and out-of-print studies of prisons? Check, check, and check.

At the Pickford Theater in the Library's Madison Building, speaking on June 21, 2012 about In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti.

So it was a special privilege for me to be able to talk about In Search of Sacco and Vanzetti at the Library of Congress a few days ago, as part of the Books and Beyond program sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book (

Poster by Rafael Lopez for the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

The Center also organizes the National Book Festival (, which will take place this year on September 22-23. It’s free and open to the public. If you love books and you’ll be in Washington at that time, don’t miss it!

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  1. Linda Chiavaroli says:

    Yes, bless those librarians. Where would writers be without them.

  2. Randy says:

    Congrats on Lib of Congress success!

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