The Cambium History Press

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Murder in the archives: The stories that crime files tell

by Angie Sutton-Vane

Due to be published in early 2023 this transformative work follows the life-stories of the most elite and rare of records created by police forces – the murder file. These complex case papers reveal unexplored narratives around the relationship between the detective and his paperwork; the upheaval of force mergers; the destruction and survival of records; in addition to organisational and personal memory. Through the often bizarre stories of how the files were preserved Murder in the archives addresses wider and current concerns around the preservation of, and access to police records.

Murder in the archives will appeal to a wide readership: archivists, criminal justice and social historians, genealogists, records managers, police force administrators, scholars of material culture or object biographies, curators, researchers or anyone with a curiosity ……..