Richard W. Couper Press

Hamilton College Library

Occasional Publications

Occasional publications are published on topics that highlight the Special Collections of Burke Library

To purchase books, contact Mark Tillson, 315-859-4705, mtillson@hamilton.edu.


The Prison Diary and Letters of Chester Gillette: September 18, 1907 through March 30, 1908, edited by Jack Sherman and Craig Brandon. 193 pages with 32 black and white illustrations, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-9796448-1-8 ($25) Buy Now

Chester Gillette was accused of the murder of Grace Brown in 1906. After a sensational trial, covered by newspapers across the country, Gillette was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair. This case was the basis for Theodore Dreiser's classic novel An American Tragedy, the 1951 Academy-award-winning movie A Place in the Sun, and a 2006 opera. Revealed here for the first time are Chester's private thoughts in his final months as he recorded them in his diary from September 1907 through March 1908. The diary was believed lost for nearly a century and only came to light in 2007 when Marlynn McWade-Murrary, the grandniece of Chester Gillette, donated it to Hamilton College. In addition to the diary, the publication contains twelve letters Chester wrote from prison: eleven to Bernice Ferrin, a friend of the family; and one to his sister Hazel, written the day before his execution.

A Selected Catalog of the Ezra Pound Collection at Hamilton College, compiled with notes by Cameron McWhirter and Randall L. Ericson. 299 pages with 123 illustrations (mostly color),  2005 ($10). Buy Now

This lavishly illustrated catalog highlights the Hamilton College Library's holdings of Ezra Pound material. Pound, a Hamilton alumnus (class of 1905), was one of the most important and influential poets of the twentieth century. The first third of the book focuses on materials unique to the Hamilton collection, while the rest of the book identifies works by and about Pound held by the Hamilton College library. This catalog reveals the importance of this collection for Pound scholars and places it among the best in the country.