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Charles Spear Collection

Identifier: THR/01/2014.s040

Scope and Contents

The Charles Spear Collection (1840-1851, one box) contains the personal correspondence, journal, and passport of Charles Spear. The collection concerns Spear’s work to abolish the death penalty in the United States and his support of prison reform. Along with documents regarding Spear’s travels to England in pursuit of support to eliminate the death penalty in the United States, the collection also includes a subscription book carried by Charles Spear and his brother that contains signatures of prominent people of the time. Thomason Special Collections also has multiple editions of Essays on the Punishment of Death by Charles Spear, CJ Spec. HV8698 .S6 1844.


  • 1840 - 1851

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1 boxes

Language of Materials



The collection consists of a certificate passport, a subscription book, journal, and handwritten correspondence concerning Charles Spear and his efforts to reform the prison system and address issues relating to capital punishment.

Charles Spear Collection
Trent Shotwell
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Repository Details

Part of the Thomason Special Collections & SHSU University Archives Repository

1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville TX 77341 US