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Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Exhibition

Exhibition at the Roger Williams University Library
In conjunction with the

Sixteenth Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture
The 50th anniversary of the publication of Truman Capote’s
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood and Truman Capote 

Dates: February 1 - March 31, 2016

Online exhibition featuring selected items from the library exhibition:

Library exhibition featuring items courtesy of:

Douglas and Judith Krupp Library
Bryant University
Smithfield, Rhode Island

Providence Public Library
Providence, Rhode Island

Library of Congress
Prints and Photographs Division
Washington, DC

Redwood Library
Newport, Rhode Island




Sponsored by: The Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Fund

 Prepared by:
Professor Christine S. Fagan
with assistance from Liz Hanes, Megan Lessard,  
and Christopher Truszkowski

Featured items:


  • First edition of In Cold Blood published by Random House (1966)
  • Serialized version of In Cold Blood in four issues of the The New Yorker (September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 1965)


  • Facsimile book reviews from The New York Times and The Observer (London)
  • Facsimile local news coverage in The Hutchinson News at the time of the murders, trial and execution


  • Facsimile Kansas Bureau of Investigation report of the critical interview with Floyd Wells that was the first clue leading to the capture of the murder suspects
  • Life (May 12, 1967) including a feature article on the making of the film, In Cold Blood, in the town where the murders took place


  • Facsimile portraits of Capote by Carl Van Vechten, Roger Higgins of New York World-Telegram and Sun, and others
  • Facsimile photographs of the Black and White Ball held by Truman Capote at the Plaza Hotel on November 28, 1966


Additional resources produced by the Library in support of this event:

Truman Capote and In Cold Blood:  A Selective Bibliography
Compiled by Professor Christine S. Fagan

Featured Collection:  Truman Capote
Selected titles by and about Truman Capote are located in the Featured Collection alongside the exhibition