Scope and arrangement
The Trenton Six Collection (1949, March-1956, October) consists entirely of newspaper clippings and press releases, organized in two chronological sequences. The first section is comprised of three consecutive scrapbooks, and the second is a single chronological file of clippings.
The clippings come from both American and French newspapers, including The New York Times,the New York Post, The Daily Compass, The Herald-News, The Trentonian, The Trenton Times, the National Guardian,the Pittsburgh Courier, the Daily Worker,and Droit et Liberté.The majority of the clippings, especially those from the Daily Worker,were biased in favor of the Trenton Six. These articles stressed the themes of racial discrimination, frame-up and denial of civil rights.
It is interesting to note that, although the crime was actually committed in January 1948, press censorship suppressed publicity of the case for some time. Therefore, the earliest article in this collection is dated March 1949.