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Historic Crime Sources (U.S. Government)

Guide in locating crime and punishment federal resources available through Milner Library at Illinois State University.


Carey Estes KefauverKefauver Committee, Investigation of Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce. 1951

Y 4.C 86/2:C 85/pt.1-12, index, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

Televised hearings in 14 major cities across the United States from 1950-1951. More than 600 witnesses testified.

Investigation on Juvenile Delinquency in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Y 4.J 89/2:J 98/pt.8-56

Established in 1816 as one of the original standing committees in the United States Senate, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is one of the most influential committees in Congress. Its broad legislative jurisdiction has assured its primary role as a forum for the public discussion of social and constitutional issues.

Investigation of the My Lai Incident. 1970

Y 4.AR 5/2:M 99

Brief report from the House of Representative's Committee on Armed Services concerning the deaths of unarmed civilians (mostly women and children) in the My Lai region of the Son My village in March 1968 during the Vietnam War.

Report of the Department of the Army Review of the Preliminary Investigations into the My Lai Incident, 14 March 1970.

D 101.2:M 99 

Extensive 2-volume report from the Department of the Army consisting of background report, operations, suppression and withholding of information, and conclusions of My Lai Tragedy.

Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 1978

Y 4.AS 7: K 38/ volumes 1-12

Hearings investigating who assassinated President Kennedy, the performance of the Federal agencies in protecting President Kennedy and investigation of the assassination, and conspiracy theories. 


President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. 1967. 340p.

PR 36.8:L 41/C 86, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

Comprehensive study of crime and its control. Relationship to crime and juvenile delinquency is covered, as well as organized crime, narcotics, and drug abuse.

Warren Commission, Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 1964

PR 36.8:K 38/H 35 volumes 1-26, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

Extensive hearings before the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy in 1964.

Wickersham Commission, National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement. 1931. multipart set

Y 1.1/2:Serial 9341/v.1-5, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

This series surveys crime conditions, criminal laws, court procedures, penal institutions, causes and costs of crime. Special reports on prohibition laws, juvenile delinquents, foreign born, defects in police administration.

Dillingham Commission, Reports of the Immigration Commission, 1911

Y 3.IM 6:R 29/volume 1-41, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

Commission was created when the US was considering revising existing immigration laws. In 41 volumes, the Commission studied "sources of recent immigration in Europe, the general character of incoming immigrants, the methods, employed here and abroad to prevent the immigration of persons classes as undesirable in the United States immigration law, and finally a thorough investigation into the status of the more recent immigrants as residents of the United States, and the effect of such immigration upon the institutions, industries, and people of this country." v.1, p.13

Reports of the Industrial Commission, 1900-1902. 

Y 3.IN 2/2:R 29/volumes 1-19, Floor 4 Documents Shelves

Investigated trusts and industrial combinations; labor conditions, relations, and legislation; transportation, agricultural economics and labor; foreign trade; and economy of the nation in general.