Criminal Broadsides of America

Special Collections and Archives

Criminal Broadsides of America

Special Collections and Archives

Criminal Broadsides of America

Borowitz Crime Ephemera: Criminal Broadsides of America

Finding Aid

Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, 2002; Last updated February 2019


Inclusive Dates: 1820-1968
Extent: .5 cubic foot (1 oversize box)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Scope and Content: This collection, donated by Albert and Helen Borowitz, contains criminal broadsides of the United States dating from the 19th- and 20th-centuries. The broadsides are arranged alphabetically by the first line of text. Printer information is included if available.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

1. The Death of Sarah M. Cornell [poem], 1833?
Poem in twelve stanzas about the murder of Sarah Cornell by her seducer, Ephraim Avery.

2. Durrant Hangs!!, 1820?
The brutal slayer of two young girls, Blanche Lamont and Minnie Williams in San Francisco, is sentenced to die November 12. 

3. $15,900.00 Reward in Gold; Train Hold-up and Murder, 1926
United States Post Office Department. Read this Story of a Terrible Crime. Train Hold-up and Murder of Three Trainmen and a Mail Clerk in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon. -- Wanted flyer, 10 page fold-out that includes photographs of the mail car after the holdup and the three wanted men: Roy A. A. DeAutremont, Ray Charles DeAutremont and Hugh DeAutremont. Also includes account of the crime and appeal to various potential employers and service providers that may have come in contact with the men (e.g. logging camps, jewelers, librarians, opticians, and dentists).

4. The Murder at Fall River. Alexander B. Beard, Author [poem], August, 1893?
This is a broadside poem about the Borden murders by Alexander Beard, a New Hampshire poet. Possibly published in August, 1893 after Lizzie Borden's acquittal.

5. $20,000 Reward, 1874
Has been offered for the recovery of Charlie Brewster Ross, and for the arrest and conviction of his abductors. He was stolen from his parents in Germantown, Pa., on July 1st, 1874. -- Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, Philadelphia, September 1st, 1874 (Wm. F. Murphy's Sons, Stationers, Printers, 509 Chestnut St., Philada.

6. Wanted by the FBI: Leroy Eldridge Cleaver, 1968
Interstate flight - assault with intent to commit murder - Wanted Flyer 447 - December 13, 1968 - Reprinted in the public interest by omega publications

7. Soliloquy: Of Prof. John W. Webster, after the disappearance of Dr. Geo. Parkman up to the time of his execution, undated
By Mary G. Doe. Three columns of verses.