Anatomy of A Murder

At the beginning of fall semester the archives team was collaborating on promotional ideas for the upcoming year. The archives achieved major success after last year’s Evening at the Archives events. We wanted to continue the success so we decided to focus on the history of the film “Anatomy of A Murder.” The 1959 courtroom drama starring James Stewart and Lee Remick was filmed in Marquette, Ishpeming, Big Bay and Michigamme.
The screenplay is based upon John Voelker’s novel in which he was the defense attorney for the murder case.

The John D. Voelker papers are located at the Archives and they contain information about the history of the Voelker family, correspondence with family and friends, documents on his legal career, manuscripts of his books and records from the making of Anatomy of Murder the movie. The film was selected for preservation by the National Filmy Registry by the Library of Congress and has received recognition through the American Film Institute.

On February 21st the Archives in conjunction with Campus Cinema and the Beaumier Heritage Center will be premiering “Anatomy of a Murder” in Jamrich 1100 at 6pm.An exhibit on John Voelker as well as some items from his papers will be available for viewing courtesy of the Beaumier Heritage Center and the Archives. The doors will open at 5:30 and admission is free to students via student ID and $1 to the public.


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