Sacco and Vanzetti book collection nabs national honor for KU grad student

Jan 05, 2017 781

By Sara Shepherd

Megan Jones first saw a picture of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in a high school history textbook, but moved on after being told they wouldn't be on the test. As a sophomore at Indiana University, assigned to write about something in the university's rare book library, she came across the intriguing figures again. This time she dug in, calling up the holding and writing about the library's collection of letters the two men wrote from prison before being executed.

Now, Jones has her own collection of about 40 books about Sacco and Vanzetti, for which she recently won second place in this year's National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. She traveled to Washington, D.C., in October to receive her award at the Library of Congress, which included a $1,000 cash prize for herself and $500 for KU Libraries.

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