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Guide to the Wanted Posters Collection, 1914-1988

Abstract

Miscellaneous posters collected by Westchester County, New York precinct.

Posters of wanted criminals collected by an unknown police detective in Westchester County, New York. Posters are from the United States and Canada. Collection includes some well-known criminals such as Lester Gillis, alias Baby Face Nelson; Mary Evelyn Frechette, alias Mrs. John Dillinger; Arthur “Doc” Barker; mobster Roger Touhy; and bank robber Frank Nash. Radicals from 1970s include Weather Underground member Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson, Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah; and Black Liberation Army fugitives JoAnne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) and brother Mutulu Shakur.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Title
Wanted Posters collection 1914-1988
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 2350 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of posters of wanted criminals collected by an anonymous police detective in Westchester County, NY during the 20th century. Posters are from the United States and Canada. The bulk of the collection is from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C. The collection includes some well-known criminals such as Lester Gillis, alias Baby Face Nelson; Mary Evelyn Frechette, alias Mrs. John Dillinger; Arthur "Doc" Barker; mobster Roger Touhy; and bank robber Frank Nash. Radicals from the 1970s include Weather Underground member Cathlyn Platt Wilkerson; Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah; and Black Liberation Army fugitives JoAnne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) and her brother, Mutulu Shakur.

The collection includes approximately 2,250 small-format wanted posters, most measuring 8 x 8 inches. Posters range in size and condition, many with manuscript markings or inked stamps, and some are trimmed and pasted onto printed mug shot cards. The collection was first arranged geographically, then further divided chronologically. Well-known criminals aforementioned are located in their indicated folders. Posters from the Federal Bureau of Investigation are included in the folders marked "District of Columbia." Folders are alphabetized in each box, with the exception of the District of Columbia, which occupies Box 2 entirely.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Alabama, 1922-1930
Box 1
Arkansas, 1921
Box 1
California, 1915-1933
Box 1
Canada, 1924-1929
Box 1
Colorado, 1924-1950
Box 1
Connecticut, 1920-1930
Box 1
Georgia, 1925-1954
Box 1
Idaho, 1927-1931
Box 1
Illinois, 1924-1956 and undated
2 folders
Box 1
Indiana, 1915
Box 1
Iowa, 1923-1924
Box 1
Kansas, 1910s-1950s

Includes Frank Nash.

2 folders
Box 1
Kentucky, 1932
Box 1
Massachusetts, 1932
Box 1
Michigan, 1919-1950s and undated
3 folders
Box 1
Minnesota, 1919-1967
Box 1
Missouri, 1923-1969
Box 1
Montana, 1929
Box 1
Nebraska, 1929
Box 1
New Hampshire, 1929
Box 1
New Jersey, 1921-1939 and undated
2 folders
Box 1
New York, 1910s-1950s
5 folders
Box 1
New York, undated
Box 3
Nevada, 1918
Box 1
North Dakota, 1928-1931
Box 1
Ohio, 1915-1951
Box 1
Oklahoma, 1923-1924
Box 1
Oregon, 1934
Box 1
Pennsylvania, 1920s-1950s
2 folders
Box 1
Rhode Island, 1934
Box 1
South Carolina, 1932
Box 1
Tennessee, 1926-1934
Box 1
Texas, 1923-1949
Box 1
Virginia, 1924-1932
Box 1
Washington, 1931
Box 1
Wisconsin, 1930
Box 1
Wyoming, 1920-1937
Box 1
Unknown Location
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1
District of Columbia, 1915-1929
2 folders
Box 2
District of Columbia, 1930-1934

Includes Mary Evelyn Frechette, alias Mrs. John Dillinger; Lester Gillis, alias Baby Face Nelson; and Arthur "Doc" Barker.

Box 2
District of Columbia, 1935-1939
3 folders
Box 2
District of Columbia, 1940-1944

Includes Roger Touhy.

2 folders
Box 2
District of Columbia, 1945-1959
3 folders
Box 2
District of Columbia, 1960s-1980s

Includes JoAnne Chesimard (Assata Shakur); Mutulu Shakur; Kathleen Ann Soliah; and Kathlyn Platt Wilkerson.

Box 3
District of Columbia, undated
Box 3

Historical Note

These posters were collected by an anonymous detective of the Westcheser County, NY police department.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

Wanted Posters Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Wanted Posters Collection were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Anthony Meyer, April 2014

Encoded by Anthony Meyer, April 2014

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2013-0192

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.