The Parkman Murder : Trial of Prof. John W. Webster for the Murder of Dr. George Parkman

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Title

The Parkman Murder : Trial of Prof. John W. Webster for the Murder of Dr. George Parkman

Subject

Harvard Medical School
Webster, John White, 1793-1850
Parkman, George, 1790-1849
Floor plans

Description

While few early photographs exist of the Harvard Medical School building on North Grove Street, considerable information about the structure and its interior can be found, ironically, in the published transcripts of the 1850 murder trial of John W. Webster (1793-1850). Dr. George Parkman, a noted Boston physician and Harvard benefactor, disappeared on November 23, 1849, and a subsequent search of the premises of the Medical School revealed parts of a human body—including artificial teeth—in the laboratory of Dr. John W. Webster, Harvard’s Erving Professor of Chemistry. Webster was convicted of the murder of Parkman and executed on August 30, 1850.

This trial transcript with drawings of the facility give some idea of the small size of Harvard Medical School at this time. The plan of Dr. Webster’s laboratory shows the locations of the tea-chest, furnace, and privy where the remains of George Parkman were discovered.

Abstract

Floorplan of the North Grove Street building from The Parkman Murder : Trial of Prof. John W. Webster for the Murder of Dr. George Parkman

Creator

Daily Mail Office

Date Created

1850

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Harvard Medical Library Rare Books Collection (GC 92.12)

Format

image

Extent

1 floor plan

Language

English

Type

still image

Provenance

Purchased for the Harvard Medical Library, 1938

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/floorplan.jpg

Citation

Daily Mail Office, “The Parkman Murder : Trial of Prof. John W. Webster for the Murder of Dr. George Parkman,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed March 3, 2021, http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6606.

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