National Death Penalty Archive Recognition Ceremony:

The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection


The History of the Death Penalty:
Connecting the Past, Present, and Future 


University at Albany Science Library

Standish Room

1:30 PM on Friday, April 17, 2015




The University at Albany School of Criminal Justice and the University Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of the Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection to the National Death Penalty Archive.  Among the largest privately owned collections in the country, the books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, photographs, and memorabilia donated by the Wangers help memorialize hundreds of years of the history of capital punishment in the United States and elsewhere.  The collection has been compiled over several decades by Eugene (Gil) Wanger who, as a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-1962 authored the provision in the Michigan Constitution which prohibits punishment by death.


The ceremony recognizing the addition of the Wanger Collection to the NDPA will take place Friday, April 17 in the Standish Room, on the third floor of the University at Albany Science Library.  The National Death Penalty Archive is immediately adjacent, housed in the Special Collections section of the Library.  The program features remarks by nationally prominent death-penalty scholars and activists, invited questions and discussion, and a reception.


This event is free and open to the public.


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1:30-2:00  --  Display of materials and informal tours of the National Death Penalty Archive

2:00  --  The History of the Death Penalty: Connecting the Past, Present, and Future


Introductory Remarks:


Brian Keough, Special Collections, University at Albany Libraries

James Acker, Professor, University at Albany School of Criminal Justice


Panel Presentations:


Eugene G. Wanger

“The Eugene G. Wanger and Marilyn M. Wanger Death Penalty Collection”


Henderson Hill, Executive Director, The Eighth Amendment Project

“Race, History, and Capital Punishment”


Richard Dieter, Death Penalty Information Center

“The Importance of the Innocence Issue in the Death Penalty Debate”


William Bowers, Director, The Capital Jury Project

“The Capital Jury—What We Know About the Decision-making Process and Why It Matters”

Margaret Vandiver, Professor, University of Memphis
“Capital Punishment in Tennessee: The Ambivalence of a Southern State”


Constance Putnam, PhD, Independent Scholar and co-author of In Spite of Innocence

“Massachusetts, the Shadow of Sacco-Vanzetti, and Federal Attempts to Circumvent State Law”


Eric M. Freedman, Professor, Hofstra Law School

“The Importance of Historical Knowledge for Informed Capital Punishment Policies: Legislative, Judicial, and Executive”

Audience Q & A and Discussion


Public Reception




Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

••• Office of the Vice President for Research ••• University Auxiliary Services •••
Casey Groves Fund ••• University Libraries ••• School of Criminal Justice