Guide to the Lamson Murder Case Collection

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0861
Title: Lamson murder case collection
Dates: 1933-1992
Physical Description: 0.5 linear foot
Summary: Collection includes clippings about the murder of Allene Thorpe Lamson and the trials of David Lamson, 1933-1992; photocopy of the testimony of police chief H. A. Zink; original typescript of D. L. Webster's "Notes on Investigation of the Physical Evidence in the Lamson Bathroom," with accompanying photographs, 1934; three notebooks kept during the trials, partially using shorthand (no author noted); copy of Russell and Winters' book THE CASE OF DAVID LAMSON (1934); photographs of the house the Lamsons lived in, taken in 1992; and miscellaneous materials on David and Allene Lamson copied from various Stanford publications.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Lamson Murder Case Collection (SC0861). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Allene Thorpe Lamson, wife of Stanford Press employee David Lamson, was found dead in her campus home on Memorial Day 1933. David Lamson was charged with her murder, tried and convicted, but was granted a new trial; all charges against him were dropped in April 1936.

Description of the Collection

Collection includes clippings about the murder of Allene Thorpe Lamson and the trials of David Lamson, 1933-1992; photocopy of the testimony of police chief H. A. Zink; original typescript of D. L. Webster's "Notes on Investigation of the Physical Evidence in the Lamson Bathroom," with accompanying photographs, 1934; three notebooks kept during the trials, partially using shorthand (no author noted); copy of Russell and Winters' book THE CASE OF DAVID LAMSON (1934); photographs of the house the Lamsons lived in, taken in 1992; and miscellaneous materials on David and Allene Lamson copied from various Stanford publications.

Access Terms

Lamson, Allene Warden Thorpe, d. 1933.
Lamson, David Albert.
Trials (Murder)--California.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Papers