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Chester E. Gillette Collection

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Note: All the materials in this collection are xerox copies of the original. The originals are located at Hamilton College Library.

The Chester E. Gillette Collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, autopsy reports, court records, hotel records, a judgement of the appeal to the Supreme Court, judge's remarks, a prison statement about Gillette's execution, unidentified material, a statement of Gillette, a description of the trial, a laundry statement, a list of the official witnesses, love letters from the decedent, newspaper clippings and comments about the trial and a telegram.

Correspondence contains incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically by author and outgoing correspondence arranged alphabetically by the person to whom it was sent. Where possible these materials are further arranged chronologically. Dates: 1905, 1906, 1939 and undated. 8 Folders

Subject file contains autopsy reports, court reports, a description of the trial, court reports, a laundry statement, a judgement of the appeal to the Supreme Court, the judge's remarks at the trial, a prison statement of the execution and unidentified material. This material is arranged by subject. Dates: 1906, 1908 and undated. 10 Folders

Manuscripts includes a statement by Gillette concerning the trial and his innocence. Dates: undated. 1 Folder

Published material consists of a list of the official witnesses at the trial, the published love letters of the decedent Grace Brown to Gillette, newspaper clippings and comments on the trial and a telegram. These materials are arranged alphabetically by type. Dates: 1906, 1908, 1938. 7 Folders


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from Hamilton College Library and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Brown, Grace, 1885 or 1886-1906.
Gillette, Chester.


Murder, New York (State)
Trials (Murder) -- New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Judicial records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Chester E. Gillette Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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Subject file

Published material