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852 RARE: A Controversial Execution in 1818 Edinburgh

In December 1818, Robert Johnston, age 24, was executed for robbing Mr. John Charles of some £600 in pounds and notes, plus a watch key and chain. This single crime, trial, and execution ignited a swarm of controversy – evidence of which can be found in our collections. We recently acquired a pamphlet, Letter to the Magistrates of Edinburgh … with Regard to the Execution of Robert Johnston, which joins several others in our collection that describe the trial and gruesome execution that followed.

Letter to magistrates

Letter to the magistrates of Edinburgh, 1819, HOLLIS 14401279

Opinion diverged about Johnston and the severity of his punishment. Some noted that Johnston, a 24-year-old carter, had repeatedly been in custody on various charges; in fact, he had only been out a few days before robbing Mr. Charles. Others noted that his parents were “honest and industrious,” and pointed out that Johnston had been thrown out of work due to economic distress in Scotland. These writers thought his only choice was to steal or starve.

All agreed that the punishment – execution by hanging – was severe. Other carters had recently committed crimes in Edinburgh; perhaps local magistrates wanted to make an example of Johnston. Citizens interceded on his behalf, to no avail.

On the day of the execution, a noose was slipped around Johnston’s neck, and he mounted a table, which was supposed to drop suddenly at Johnston’s signal. Unfortunately, the table did not drop completely, leaving him half standing and half suspended, struggling. As the crowd realized he was still alive, they urged the attending magistrate to halt the execution. Soon the crowd threw stones at the magistrate, overpowered the police, cut Johnston down, partially revived him and carried him off. The police eventually recaptured him, dragged him to the station, and continued their attempts to revive him before returning him to the gallows. During all this time Johnston appeared conscious but did not speak.

When the execution resumed and the table dropped once again, Johnston continued to struggle for about 20 minutes before finally expiring. The whole gruesome business lasted almost two hours.

Witnesses agreed on the sequence of events, and all were shocked at the inhumane and error-ridden execution. However, they vehemently disagreed about whether the magistrates exercised their duty to ensure a working scaffold and secure a competent executioner. Some blamed the magistrates; others blamed the crowd (which they called a mob) for cutting Johnston down and thereby prolonging his suffering.

Robert Johnston trial account

Authentic account of the trial … of Robert Johnston, 1819, HOLLIS 4390803

Letter to the citizens of Edinburgh

Letter to the citizens of Edinburgh; in which the cruel and malicious aspersions of an “eye-witness” are answered, 1819, HOLLIS 4388450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For historians of crime and punishment, it is useful to consult materials like the pamphlets here, which offer multiple perspectives, reminding us that there is often more than one “truth.” These pamphlets also shine a light on issues that concerned the populace and the police nearly two hundred years ago. They show that controversy over the death penalty was, and remains, a recurrent theme in other legal systems as well as our own.

German Corporate Law: New Bilingual Resource

One of the law library’s newest bilingual acquisitions is Standardvertragsmuster zum Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht: Deutsch-Englisch (German-English Standard Forms and Agreements in Company and Commercial Law), by Dr. Dieter Stummel.  It is available in print in the law library under the call number KK2052.2 .S78 2015.

The 2015 5th edition includes many examples of documents that modern companies need to conduct their business under Germany’s corporate laws. These include registration applications, distribution and licensing agreements, corporate agreements and documents, sales and purchase agreements, real estate agreements, loan agreements, and employment agreements.  It also includes a selection of sample arbitration clauses.

The book uses a dual-column format, with the German text in the left column and its corresponding English text directly next to it in the right column:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This helpful dual-column format can also be found in some online language sources.  A great example of this is the Linguee online legal dictionary.  This source, which is available for German and more than 20 other languages,  is especially helpful if you are trying to understand a legal term in a particular context.  When you search for a term, the results list includes excerpts from legal and other texts that include the term you entered.  A translation is provided for each excerpt directly in the corresponding column position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the law library’s German Law Research Guide for more information about researching the German law.

Faculty Book Talk: Cass Sunstein’s Wiser: Going Beyond Groupthink to Make Better Decisions, Wed. Feb. 11 at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of  Professor Cass Sunstein’s recently published book with Reid Hastie, Wiser: Going Beyond Groupthink to Make Better Decisions, Wednesday February 11, 2015, 12:00 noon.

Harvard Law School, Room WCC 2012. (Directions).

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.

Lunch will be served.

Professor Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008), Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and most recently Why Nudge? (2014) and Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (2014).

Sunstein book talk poster

“Why are group decisions so hard? Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups–first in families and villages, and now as part of companies, governments, school boards, religious organizations, or any one of countless other groups. And having more than one person to help decide is good because the group benefits from the collective knowledge of all of its members, and this results in better decisions. Right? Back to reality. We’ve all been involved in group decisions–and they’re hard. And they often turn out badly. Why? Many blame bad decisions on “groupthink” without a clear idea of what that term really means. Now, “Nudge” coauthor Cass Sunstein and leading decision-making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong–and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes. In the first part of the book, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into: They often amplify, rather than correct, individual errors in judgment; They fall victim to cascade effects, as members follow what others say or do; They become polarized, adopting more extreme positions than the ones they began with; They emphasize what everybody knows instead of focusing on critical information that only a few people know. In the second part of the book, the authors turn to straightforward methods and advice for making groups smarter. These approaches include silencing the leader so that the views of other group members can surface, rethinking rewards and incentives to encourage people to reveal their own knowledge, thoughtfully assigning roles that are aligned with people’s unique strengths, and more. With examples from a range of organizations–from Google to the CIA–and written in an engaging and witty style, “Wiser” will not only enlighten you; it will help your team and your organization make better decisions–decisions that lead to greater success.” —  Harvard Business Review Press

Book talk panelists include:

Martha Minow

 

 

 

Dean Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

 

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Professor Max H. BazermanJesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

 

Louis Kaplow

 

 

 

Professor Louis KaplowFinn M. W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics

 

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Lawrence Summers, Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton; Director of the National Economic Council under President Obama—

“No man is an island, and all important decisions are made collectively. This important book shows how they can be made better and so will make groups, crowds, and our society wiser and better. Anyone involved in making decisions that matter should read this book.”

John Engler, President, Business Roundtable—

“Drawing on academic research, real-world examples, and, in Sunstein’s case, White House experience, the authors identify the most common mistakes groups fall victim to and offer sensible ways to avoid those often-expensive errors. In Sunstein and Hastie’s recommendations, CEOs and managers alike will find much that leaves them, in a word, wiser.”

Claire Shipman, Correspondent, ABC’s Good Morning America; Author, The Confidence Code

“More minds aren’t always better, according to Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie. In Wiser, they deftly lay out the unexpected perils of group decision making and provide smart, straightforward, and often surprising fixes. Utterly fascinating and counterintuitive, this book is an essential read for executives and managers—for anybody, actually, hoping to make an enterprise successful.”

Austan Goolsbee, Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama—

“There have been lots of books written on why and how individuals make bad decisions. But many of the most important decisions are made by committee, where normal problems get magnified. Finally, Sunstein and Hastie have provided crucial insights and lessons to help groups and teams avoid pitfalls and make effective decisions. Leaders everywhere should take these lessons to heart.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential historian; Author, Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit

“This gem of a book is full of penetrating insight, sensible advice, and fascinating stories drawn from practical experience. Written with clarity and grace, it provides an invaluable road map for leaders and managers in both public and private life. I can think of dozens of historical decisions that might have been better made had our leaders followed these precepts.”

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers; with treaties, speeches and diaries, andd travel journals.

Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online 

Jonson’s complete writings;  and comprehensive body of essays and archives necessary for full study of Jonson’s life.

Digital Innovation South Africa

Scholarly resource focusing on the socio-political history of South Africa, particularly the struggle for freedom during the period  from 1950 to the first democratic elections in 1994.

Gallup Analytics     

Data from countries representing 98% of the world’s population; access Gallup’s U.S. Daily tracking and World Poll data to compare residents’ responses on topics such as economic conditions and education.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Authoritative information on theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe; covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance.

Oxford Handbooks Online / Music 

Scholarly books (online) contain essays written by the foremost scholars in music.

Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management 

Strategic management is an emerging field with loosely defined concepts and boundaries; this encyclopedia seeks to give the field some definition.

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Archive [PEP]

An archive of the entire psychoanalytic literature in English, along with foreign and international journals.

SRDS (Kantar Media)

Circulation data and advertising rates for U.S. publications; market demographics and lifestyle market analysis – with info on attitudes toward sports, travel and leisure.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

Data is derived from its comprehensive statistical activities, comprises of periodic information on structure and growth of economy, social change, and development. T
Since its inception in 1974, the Bureau provides statistical information to guide decision making and the development process to the government and other stakeholders.
Sanctioned by the Government of India as part of its programme for the celebration of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. It has been fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and includes digital images of virtually all his manuscripts and authoritative print versions (books and journals).
Exclusive research and analysis by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and authors from similar institutions, and present objective analysis versus official government messaging on strategic issues.
Watch Indian movies old and new from this archive!
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa – full text publications.  Example:  Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe : Beyond White-Settler Capitalism (2013).
The full text of the Colombian census (in Spanish) from 2005.
Over 70 books covering history, cultural studies, political science, and philosophy; helpful for learning about Jane Austin, Dylan Thomas – and even Utopian and Dystopian Literature to 1800.

Allows for a methodical search into WTO jurisprudence, including for investment treaty (investor-state) arbitration issues.

Part 1:  News Features & Internal Communications, 1848-2000
Part 3: U.S. Cities Bureaus Collection

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

Eurekahedge

Provides information on hedge funds and other private investments from around the world.  Great for finding potential employers!

China GeoExplorer

China demographic and economic data, maps, charts and reports in a web-based delivery system.  Data sources include demographic and business information for all PRC geographies, including 31 Provinces, 345 Prefecture Cities, 2,873 Counties, and over 50,000 Townships. The GeoExplorer is part of a larger set of resources, called China Data Online.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New e-resources at Harvard

ANNO Austrian Newspapers Online:  Historische österreichische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften online

Scroll and read historical Austrian newspapers and magazines online – a virtual newspaper reading room of the Austrian National Library.

British Library Newspapers, 1785-1920

Huge and diverse digital production of British newspapers.  A great resource for research on all subjects, including a special look and urban and rural changes.

British Literary Manuscripts Online II 

Digital images of literary manuscripts, including letters and diaries, drafts of poems, plays, novels, and other literary works, and similar materials.

California Moss eFlora  

California Moss eFlora is a collaborative effort of a broad group of professional and amateur bryologists, coordinated by UC Berkeley and Cal State Northridge.  eFlora is meant to be used by journeymen bryologists.

CSSR Working Papers

Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Cape Town dedicated to conducting and building capacity for systematic, policy-relevant social science research in South Africa, the region and across Africa.

Daily Mail, 1896-2004

Over 100 years of the Daily Mail newspaper – now online.

Department of Statistics Malaysia

Source of Malaysia’s official statistics online.

Dictionary of Regional American English (DARE)

Multi-volume reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another place across the United States.  DARE is based on face-to-face interviews carried out in all 50 states between 1965 and 1970 and on a comprehensive collection of written materials that cover our history from the colonial period to the present.

Giza Archives

The Old Kingdom Giza Necropolis (dating from about 2500 BCE) is the site of thousands of tombs, temples, and ancient artifacts. With this website the Giza Archives staff seeks to provide a comprehensive online resource for scholarly research on Giza.

Handbook of Global Energy Policy

Global policy perspective on energy,mapping the emerging field of global energy policy both for scholars and practitioners; the focus is on global issues, but it also explores the regional impact of international energy policies

L’Harmatheque

Multimedia platform of ebooks, articles, videos, and audio recordings on many subjects in the humanities and social sciences.  The content of the ebooks comes from a variety of French publishing imprints, including L’Harmattan and Pagala.

Homer Encyclopedia

Definitive scholarship on the world and artistry of Homer, the historical and cultural background of the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homeric scholarship, and Homeric reception from antiquity to the present into one collection.

Jepson eFlora   

Jepson eFlora contains taxonomic treatments for native and naturalized plants occurring in wildlands or otherwise outside of cultivation in California.

Liberty Magazine, 1924-1950

Represents a slice of Americana; it opens a unique and permanent perspective on a nation’s daily life, interests and values during a most vital and extraordinary period.

The LISTENER (News & Op/Ed of BBC), 1929-1991

a weekly publication, established by the BBC in 1929 as the medium for reproducing radio – and later, television – programmes in print. It is our only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts.

Pakistan Bureau of Statistics 

Pakistan has established Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, by merging Federal Bureau of Statistics, the Population Census Organization, The Agriculture Census Organization and the Technical wing of Statistics Division.

Picture Post Historical Archive

Provides a fascinating snapshot of British life from the 1930s to the 1950s, with thousands of photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things – from boys rolling a tyre, to a view of a postwar bedsit, to young women on a rollercoaster – all caught in a single moment in time.

Proquest Historical Newspapers

Sabin Americana Digital Archive

Contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900’s. Included are books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions and more.

Singapore Department of Statistics  

As the National Statistical Authority, the Department provides reliable, relevant and timely statistics to support Singapore’s social and economic development.

Slavery and Antislavery

Slavic Humanities Index

Important and current Slavic humanities periodicals in one searchable database.

State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century, 1714-1782

Key themes covered by the collection will be the establishment of the British Empire as a dominant Colonial power, the development of agriculture and industrialization, and European Enlightenment.

Sunday Times Digital Archive

Murder, theatre, sport and politics come together in this digital archive.

Uganda Bureau of Statistics

The national center for the collection, processing and dissemination of statistical data generated for the Uganda’s management and development programs.

Westlaw Japan

Japanese legal materials including over 240,000 case abstracts and full-text cases, decisions, legal books, journals and news articles legislation, full-text Japanese law books (Yuhikaku Vpass), government policy information materials, and real time news provided by Jiji Press.

World Bank eLibrary    

Full-text access to the complete backlist of all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank since the 1990s.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

Foreign Office Files for China

  • 1919-1929:  Kuomintang, CCP, and the Third International
  • 1930-1937:  The Long March, Civil War in China and the Manchurian Crisis
  • 1938-1948:  Open Door, Japanese War and the Seeds of Communist Victory

Files combine eye-witness accounts, weekly and monthly summaries, annual reviews, reports and analyses with a synthesis of newspaper articles and conference reports, economic assessments and synopses on key events, leading personalities and all major new developments relating to China during the period.

Global Market Navigator (Mintel)

Provides market size, market share and forecast data for thousands of consumer goods categories worldwide.  One of the latest reports, for example, provides data on the footwear market in Japan.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books

Provides complete coverage of the most important English language legal information and includes indexing of over 1,025 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association publications, university publications, and government publications.

Legumes of the World Online (LOWO)

LOWO advances the knowledge and understanding of the approximately 750 genera of the legume family, and is based upon the book “Legumes of the World” published by RBG Kew in 2005.

Life Among the Tides:  Recent Archaeology on the Georgia Bight

This volume covers a broad range of temporal and methodological topics, and is unified by a geographic focus on the archaeology of the Georgia Bight. The various research projects span multiple time periods (including Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and contact periods) and many incorporate specialized analyses (such as petrographic point counting, shallow geophysics, and so forth).

SimplyMap

Web-based mapping application that lets users create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data!  Pretty freaking amazing for visually enhancing demographic narrative.

Unity in Diversity, Mysticism, Messianism and the Construction of Religious Authority in Islam

Explores the role of mystical and messianic groups and movements in the construction and re-construction of religious authority in Muslim societies.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820-1922  

Collection of New York Historical Society pamphlets:  25,000 short works printed in every region of the United States, and key to the study of race, ethnicity and gender in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Anthropology Online

Provides written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over.

Balkan Insight

Breaking news on the economy, politics, business, entertainment, arts and culture of the Balkan states:  Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Albania.

Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876

Largest online collection of 18th- and 19th-century newspapers published in the Caribbean; helpful for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, and New World slavery.

China Historical Newspapers Online

Twelve English-language Chinese historical newspapers, which offers critical perspectives on the decline of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China.

[1]Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign Database 中国反右运动数据库

[2]Chinese Cultural Revolution Database 中国文化大革命文库

[3]The Chinese Great Leap Forward — Great Famine Database, 1958-1962 中国大跃进 大饥荒数据库

Original documents including CCP notices, instructions, proclamations, speeches and major media commentaries with detailed citations; fully retrievable search-engine in both Chinese and English.

Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1911-1949) 民国时期期刊全文数据库

Secondary literature spanning from 1833 till present, with over 40,000 newspapers and periodicals and journals.

Guang ming ri bao 光明日报

This 60-year-old newspaper of the People’sRepublic of China is now searchable; and provides insight into developments in China in the last two centuries.

International Historical Statistics

Provides key economic and social indicators for the last 260 years; look up for example the crude petroleum exports for Europe in 1952.

JSTOR Ecology & Botany II

Learn about plant taxonomy in the Kew Bulletin and evolutionary biology from Taxon.  Other titles include Seed Technology and Weed Science and Planta.

Project Muse eBooks (UPCC)

Peer-reviewed digital books from major university presses and scholarly publishers; over a thousand titles can be searched.

ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

Covers applied social sciences, criminal justice, education, linguistics, and language behavior, with abstract and indexing files on over 10,000 titles.

Relational Syllogisms and the History of Arabic Logic, 900-1900

This book charts the development of relational inferences by logicians writing in Arabic from the ninth to the nineteenth century.

RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature

Bibliography of music articles, collections, and books published before 1967; offers researchers and music scholars nearly 20,000 records from a critical period in music research.

South Asian American Digital Archive

Documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent the unique and diverse experiences of South Asian Americans.

Stalin Digital Archive

Selection of documents produced by or for Stalin for his work in government, and his conduct of foreign affairs.  Includes over 300 books from Stalin’s personal library with his marginal notes.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

Access Newspaper Archive (NewspaperArchive.com)

More than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. Explore your family tree and discover your history in the world’s largest online newspaper archive.

The Baltimore Sun  (1837-1987)

Read about (for example) the Orioles of 1925 or what was happening to asset management firm Legg Mason in 1936.

The Christian Science Monitor (1908-1999)

Read about (for example) the hey day of the US steel industry, the Sykes Picot agreement as it was being formed, or the partition of Africa.

Communication Abstracts

Covers major journals in communication, mass media and other closely-related fields of study.

Corpus Montaigne

All the works published in Montaigne’s lifetime and after his death by his “daughter-in-law” Marie de Gournay; all the editions published from the 16th to the 20th century, their annotation and critical apparatus.

Encyclopédie de l’Islam

The Encyclopédie de l’Islam is the French edition of the new (2nd) The Encyclopaedia of Islam, with more than ten thousand pages of information of the Islamic world.

Klapp Online

French Bibliography from 1991 to 2011 in German, English and French of 320,000 titles, 80,000 authors and 110,000 subjects.

Proquest History Vault

NAACP Papers – Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches and National Staff Files

Proquest History Vault – Part 1

NAACP Papers, Major Campaigns, Part 1 – Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, and Armed Forces

Proquest History Vault – Part 2

NAACP Papers, Major Campaigns Part 2

Proquest History Vault – Part 3

NAACP Papers, Major Campaigns, Part 3 – Legal Department Files

RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full-Text)

Original volumes, reprints, microforms and photocopies of music periodicals!

SNL Finance

News data and analysis on banks & thrifts, financial services & insurance companies, and REITS; includes canary tests, regulatory filings and proprietary news.