"From Crime to Culture: The 25th Anniversary of the Borowitz Collection at Kent State University" is now open to the public. The exhibit showcases popular fact-based crime publications dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. Included in this chronological exploration of the literature are cautionary pamphlets, sensationalistic "penny dreadfuls," popular true crime series such as England's Newgate Calendar and France's Pitaval literature, and classics of twentieth century and contemporary true crime works. The exhibit also highlights examples of specific true crime literature sub-genres: crime-related broadsides, part of the nineteenth-century street literature scene; prison postcards, a fascinating sub-grouping within the once wildly popular picture postcard tradition; and selections from the Wild West collection exemplifying America's (and the world's) seemingly endless fascination with tales of crime from the Western frontier. Finally, the exhibition pays homage the collection's founders, Albert and Helen Borowitz, both of whom made their own contributions to true crime literature, among other scholarly pursuits.
A printed exhibition catalogue is available in the Special Collections and Archives reading room and by mail, upon request.